Social media has gone crazy over the hilarious Buy My Barina video posted by David Johns, Digital Director at Chimney Asia Pacific 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” 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, John 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 brilliant 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 over 700,000 views on YouTube, 500,000-plus tweets and thousands of buying offers. 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.
GREAT NEWS! The Barina has been sold!
NRMA Insurance have made a generous donation to the Cancer Council for the Barina.