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by Tim Beissmann

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The Melbourne man who won an ultra-rare Nissan GT-R in an international auction late last year has just taken delivery of his Usain Bolt-inspired supercar.

Nissan handed over the keys to winning bidder Rod Maher, who parted with a little over $187,000 for the gold-painted GT-R, which is one of only two in the world – the other belonging to six-time Olympic champion sprinter and Nissan’s honorary ‘director of excitement’, Usain Bolt.

Along with its exclusive gold finish, the two-of-a-kind Nissan GT-R features 10-spoke aluminium-alloy RAYS forged wheels, a Bose audio system, as well as bespoke interior fittings finished in real gold and Bolt’s signature on the glovebox.

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Maher says he never expected to win the auction when lodging his bid but is delighted with the newest addition to his garage.

“I want to take good care of it but I do like my country trips and I’d really like to take it our around Victoria,” Maher said.

“My girlfriend’s in Perth and I spend half my time over there, so I’m contemplating doing a trip across the Nullarbor, and this would be the car to do it in I think.

“[The money is] going to a good cause over in Jamaica, so really happy that kids are going to be helped out through it.”

 

All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Usain Bolt Foundation, which works to create educational and cultural opportunities for children and young people in Jamaica.

Bolt said the money raised would have a tremendous impact on the people supported by his charity.

“My partnership with Nissan greatly benefits the work of my foundation,” he said.

“This donation will help many kids get access to better facilities, play areas and educational materials in Jamaica.

“I am delighted to be working with Nissan to do this.”

Maher’s special edition GT-R cost only a few thousand dollars more than the standard Japanese supercar, which is priced from $170,800.




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