The 1999 Barina hatchback lighting up YouTube and Twitter is being sold off to raise money for charity.
Social media has gone crazy over the hilarious Buy My Barina video posted by Sydney digital guru David Johns to sell his trusty old manual car after he and his mates came up with the idea over a few beers.
Johns has announced that his 1999 Holden Barina “Limited City Edition” (complete with “front and rear tyres” and “three interchangeable hubcaps”) will now be sold to the highest bidder to raise funds for Cancer Council Australia.
“I cannot believe the amazing response to the video and the website we made as a bit of a laugh,” Johns said. “I thought I might get around $1000 for the car, but with all the interest and media exposure we hope to raise a lot more than that for the Cancer Council.”
David nominated Cancer Council Australia to receive all proceeds from the sale of the Barina because cancer claimed his father 12 years ago.
With the Buy My Barina video a raging favourite on YouTube and Twitter, David’s ageing pride and joy could well break secondhand car sale records.
Who wouldn’t bid for a 15-year-old classic Aussie car with this sales pitch: “This is Driving Redefined, with 20th Century Technology – FM/AM Radio, Auto-stop Cassette Player, Front/rear screen wiper and internal fan. Don’t just make history, drive it.”
Buy My Barina has logged more than 400,000 views on YouTube, 500,000-plus tweets and thousands of buying offers in the past 24 hours. The viral video, which looks like a slick new-car commercial, has attracted attention from television around the world, including Good Morning America, NBC, CBS, ABC News, CNN and locally Sunrise and The Project.
For the video and website, David called on the help of his workmates at the Chimney Group, which makes feature films, documentaries, music videos, TV commercials and web-based film.