The car that controversially raced across the South Island clocking speeds well above the limit so then-prime minister Helen Clark could get to a rugby test on time has been sold in Auckland.

The 2003 Ford Fairlane sedan, once part of the ministerial fleet, was initially passed in at a midweek Turners auction after failing to reach reserve.

A sale was negotiated the next day.

The former Crown limousine was listed on public auction papers as valued between $6000 and $7000 and having five previous owners.


Turners consultant Chris Kissin said the Fairlane was sold after the auction to a South Auckland car dealer, who did not wish to be identified.

In July 2004, Clark's motorcade travelled at speeds of up to 170km/h between Waimate, in South Canterbury, and Christchurch Airport so she could fly to an All Blacks test in Wellington.

The driver and two police officers were charged with dangerous driving.

However, their convictions were quashed on appeal.

A safe-driving policy was put in place for Crown limousines after the motorcade incident.