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State coffers swell from car auction

AN AUCTION of former government ministry and state owned vehicles last week realised 144,000 euros.

The cheapest car was a 50 euro battered Fiat, while the most expensive, a 1990 BMW, went under the hammer for 15,050 euros, five euros over the expected price.

The sale included a red 1992 Porsche 944, which sold for 10,000 euros in the auction which took place at the Direcção-Geral do Património (DGP) in Lisbon.

The car, which had belonged to an arrested drug trafficker, was awarded to the state after a court in Coimbra had decided that it had been used as an accessory in the crime.

Other vehicles that attracted great interest included a Renault 4L. There were only 40 ever made.


In total, 141 cars were auctioned, of which 117 were bought. The remaining 24 are to be given to professional training centres.

The auction raised 144,451 euros for the state.

The cars have been replaced as part of the government’s policy to use newer, more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles.

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