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Boy, 12, blamed by older brother for bidding £101,100 on flooded Seat Toledo on ebay

By IanMat  |  Posted: March 20, 2014

The high bidder in the £101,100 ebay auction for a flood damaged Seat Toledo for charity turned out to be a teenager urged to bid by his younger brother

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THE FAMOUS flooded Seat Toledo which sold on ebay for £101,100 has seen its highest bidder refuse to pay - because his little brother said it would be funny to bid.

But after the news broke on Facebook, it has been said on the social network by friends of Hubert that this may have been a cover story by the seller.

The Central Somerset Gazette is awaiting comment from ebay.

Seller Hubert Zajaczkowski is disappointed but has contacted the second and third highest bidders in the hope that they are genuine and respect that all proceeds will go to the MuchThorn Wings flood relief charity.

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Hubert, 21, said: "I was quite shocked how high the bidding was. But I did contact the top bidder but he was not legit. Basically it was a 17-year-old lad who's 12-year-old brother thought it would be funny.

"If it was someone much older and genuine, I would report them to ebay. But now I don't know. I did think it was too good to be true but when it is for charity and people have lost their homes you hope for better.

"I have contacted the two lower bidders, which was £101,000, which is still pretty much the same."

There was a lot of public hope that the BBC Top Gear team would buy the heavily water damaged Seat Toledo for one of their famous challenges. But Hubert is unsure if anyone of note did bid due to the use of usernames on ebay.

He said: "One person kept asking me questions and said he would contact his client. A lot of the queries were people saying I hope it would sell and that it was a good thing I was doing."

If a buyer is genuine enough to step forward, they are not just buying a water-damaged car that has seen much better days, they are buying a hell of a story.

It is fairly well known that Hubert was on his way home to Shepton Mallet on Christmas Eve from Agusta Westland in Yeovil when his sat-nav diverted him to Muchelney.

Not appreciating how deep the water was on the Langport-Muchelney road, the motorist became stuck and climbed to safety onto a passing jeep. He then called his dad to pick him up.

The Toledo remained in place - and underwater - for 11 weeks. During that time it became the focus of film crews from around the country, showing how terrible the water level was.

Then last week the Central Somerset Gazette was on video assignment on the road to see how much the level had dropped - and saw that the car had nearly re-emerged. A few days later Hubert was reunited with his long lost car - despite buying a Hatchback since then - and was ceremoniously towed back to dry land.

We now await to see if any of the other bidders will honour their ebay pledge and pay out for charity.

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