Hilux with 1.2 million kms up for auction

  • 27/07/2015
Turners believes the Hilux is the highest mileage car it's ever sold
Turners believes the Hilux is the highest mileage car it's ever sold

He could have driven around the world 42 times in the number of kilometres his trusty stead's racked up, but instead Glenn Holmes clocked 1.2 million delivering newspapers around the Manawatu.

The auction on Mr Holmes' Toyota Hilux closes tonight, and though the price it's likely to attract isn't spectacular, its odometer reading is.

Turners, which is New Zealand's largest seller of used cars, believes the Hilux is the highest mileage car it's ever sold.

"To be honest, it's not that crazy for a vehicle to have done 1.2 million kilometres," Turners consultant Micah Bremner told NZ Newswire.

"It's very rare for one person in one vehicle to do all those ks."

Mr Holmes drove 300km a day when he delivered the Evening Standard around the Manawatu from 1993 until 2006, and said regular maintenance was the key to the car's survival.

The average car sold by Turners has an odometer reading of 134,000km.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the high mileage doesn't appear to be a strong selling point, with the highest bid on the Trade Me auction sitting at $3000.

The auction's attracting some humorous comments, with one person offering to trade their camel for the Hilux, prompting the auctioneers to reply: "Please bring your ride into your nearest branch for an appraisal."

Another questioned how many possums the Hilux has run over.

The answer? "Unconfirmed."

The hardy model also featured in a Top Gear episode when the hosts put a Hilux in the sea, dropped a caravan on its roof, smashed it with a wrecking ball and set it alight, all to no avail: the Toyota Hilux kept on working.

But Mr Holmes' car is still well short of a United States man who holds the Guinness World Record for highest vehicle mileage - clocking up 4.89 million kilometres.

NZN