A cardboard Lamborghini that was sold at a charity auction for over $10,000 has been shipped across the country to its new home.
The “Cardborghini” arrived on Friday in Christchurch where it will be put on display in a showroom in the city centre.
Lincoln resident Dean Graham, 55, the son of the late rich-lister Neil Graham, purchased the cardboard supercar to add to his “eclectic” collection of 120 vehicles.
“I’m super excited, I’m like a big kid. It’s one thing to see it on the news, but it’s another thing to see it in the real deal,” Graham said.
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The car was delivered from Auckland to Christchurch by the transport company Mainfreight. Graham’s father, Neil, co-founded the billion-dollar company.
The car will be displayed at Mag & Turbo, a service centre and car showroom.
“I know the guys there down at Mag & Turbo, and they’re a good bunch,” Graham said.
“That way we can put it in the window, and then Christchurch can have a look at it. It’s good for everyone.”
Mag & Turbo salesperson Matt Dodd said the cardboard Lamborghini was “bloody cool”.
“It’s a bit different, it’s not your everyday car that we have on display. Dean’s a good customer of ours, and we’re always keen to get involved for a good cause like that,” he said.
“We get hundreds of people in every day, and they’re going to see the car first hand as soon as they walk in the door.”
Graham has a collection of 120 vehicles that he stores in a “man cave” next to his house.
He wants to add the “Carborghini” to his collection once he completes it.
The proceeds of the charity auction are being donated to Starship children’s hospital.
Graham said he wants to invite children from the hospital to come down and explore his collection once it’s completed in January.
“That’s what it’s all about, putting smiles on the faces of kids when you take them down to ride in a car that they’d never get an opportunity to go in,” he said.
“It’s amazing how many kids can’t wait to go for a ride in a Humvee alone. I would love to get them down. That would be a good way to finish it off really.”
Graham said his father, who died in 2015, had a large influence on him.
Neil was known for his philanthropy which included purchasing gorillas for a Christchurch wildlife park and installing a 45-metre-long neon art piece on the side of the Christchurch Art Gallery.
“I think if he was alive I would’ve been bidding against him. He was a car buff and loved charity,” he said.
“It’s about giving with a warm hand and seeing if you can change someone’s life a wee bit. It’s a bleak world out there at the moment.”
Graham said he likes doing “random acts of kindness”, which includes paying for someone’s groceries or buying lunch for a stranger, and it has helped him pull himself out of dark periods in his life.
In 2018, Graham admitted to charges of allowing his premises to be used for growing cannabis, a licensing breach under the Arms Act over firearms found at the property and possession of a cannabis pipe.
He received a sentence of 80 hours’ community work, and a fine of $500.
The cardboard supercar was built by Auckland man and YouTuber David Jones, who filmed its creation in a video that has amassed over one million views.