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The auction on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's 1977 Peugeot 504 officially closed earlier this week with winning bid of $2.5 million. The funds are set to be used to build housing for low-income families. According to MSNBC, Iran's Wellfare Organization, which organized the auction, hasn't released the name of the Pug's new owner, though there is some indication that the vehicle will be displayed in a museum in the near future. Locally, the vehicle would likely carry a price tag of around $2,000 without its unique ownership history. Ahmadinejad was frequently seen using the vehicle while he was Mayor of Tehran, but the Iranian President has favored other transportation since he took office in 2005.

According to MSNBC, Ahmadinejad campaigned on the promise to house every Iranian, and the charity auction is an attempt to make good on that pledge. Interestingly enough, outside of Iran, the most visitors to the auction's website came from right here in the good ol' USA.

[Source: MSNBC]

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      • 4 Years Ago

      He is talking about a revolution to remove Ahmadinejad and Ali Khamenei from power, since they have ruined Iran for the past 30 years.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just watch this video clip it should clear some stuff up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy3KDYE5KQE

        /I know the media loves to make an example of him but its hard not to agree with him on most subjects religion aside.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @thipps "...hard not to agree with him on most subjects,religion aside" .Hard to do when He Ahmedinejad can't do it himself .The guy's a snake and I think You are too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One of the best looking sedans ever made. So elegant and so cool in the true sense of both those words.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Everything about the car is subtle and discreet, yet beautifully proportioned and 'stylish' without being over the top about it. This is why the car is much-loved in the design community. Look at the photo of the car in profile and you'll see what I mean about its proportions. It's very well balanced, visually, and the overhangs are perfect. Nothing trendy or silly on it that would have prevented it from aging so well.

        All this in a car that was ment as a simple daily driver for the average family. It would be difficult to find a modern equivalent that will age this well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It looks like the automotive equivalent of a washing machine. Granted, a bland, traditional looking washing machine.

        Nothing wrong with that, I guess -- unless you like memorable cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        !! Good one!

        That was so funny, so well played! LOL ROFL!!

        LMFAO that was truly a kneeslapper. Where do you come up with this stuff, mbinni?!

        • 4 Years Ago
        When I look at it, I see a late 60s Nova sedan -- except I know it comes with a tiny, low-power engine.

        I don't really like Novas, even the nicer sporty ones.

        I'm not saying it's a copy at all -- just noting the similarity in style that I perceive.

        I like the lion emblem in the grill -- is that one of the subtleties you're referring to?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Talk to automotive designers and see what their opinions of the 504 styling is. To each his own, but judging by your reaction, I doubt you'd understand or have the trained eye to pick up on the subtleties of it's design.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Like I said, to each his own. I don't expect my opinion of this cars' styling to be popular in a place like Autoblog. And that's a goog thing, frankly. When it comes to a cars' styling, most of the comments around here are "Oh, the front looks like a ..." "The back reminds me of a ..." .

        People will tell you what they like or don't like but they can never tell you why. That speaks volumes.

        Regardless of opinion, the design of this car is held in high regard especially amongst designers. And not just car designers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a heap. Glad the money went to a good cause though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Of course the money didn't go to a good cause. It's just a publicity stunt and most likely a hoax to make Ahmadinejad look like the good guy.

        He needs to get out of Iran along with Khamenei or they both need to get shot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone who paid $2.5 million for a car that smells like Ahmadinejad's ass has got to be one themselves.
      I suspect the offer was from the minister of propaganda to make the little weasel look like some kind of rock star
        • 4 Years Ago
        Technicaly, it was own by his wife.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When is the revolution going to reach Iran?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It already happened in '79.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope someone bought it for that much money, in order to use it as a range target for a 50-cal rifle or something even more fun.

      And I hope they post it on you-tube.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In a perfect world the buyer will donate it to Top Gear under one stipulation that they treat it the same as they did that Toyota truck and dedicate one entire show to destroying it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, Boxer fanatic, Iran's problems are the fault of this car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lighten up, Francis.

        I said it was a small issue of symbolism, not specifically a righteous revolution against tyranny.

        This article is about a Peugeot, not planning political unrest.

        Venerating a Peugeot because a tyrant owned it is worse than buying, then destroying it because a tyrant owned it.

        Venerating that car at 2.5 million dollars is like promoting a symbolic representation of the tyrant himself. If it were just any other iranian citizen's old car, it wouldn't have pulled millions of dollars.

        Which would you rather do? Venerate or resist a tyrant like that?

        At least buying an item like that first, before proceeding to destroy it as one's own property, is within the realm of what could be done legally. That is not the same as violently attacking other people's property, or other people directly.

        And don't presume to tell me where I should be commenting. I can see why you are soft on calling tyrants what they are, and why you might be prone to road-rage, as your own handle suggests.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone got took.
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