The charity auction for the first new Volvo FH to roll off the production line has been a true success. The winning bid of 150,000 Euros (£120,000) greatly exceeds the market price and all proceeds will go to the Star for Life programme.
The winning bid was placed by Jean-Pierre Ducournau, founder of Ducournau Transports in France, with a fleet of more than 300 Volvo trucks. He is now the proud owner of the first new series-built FH – a visibly unique special-edition truck with an exclusive ‘number one’ emblem on the front.
The auction web site attracted almost 165,000 visitors. All told, 35 bidders from all over Europe placed more than 95 bids for the first new Volvo FH during the ten-day eBay auction. It was clear from the outset that the winning bid would be high, since the market price was passed after just one day.
All the proceeds from the auction will be donated to Star for Life – a unique educational programme that aims to stop the spread of HIV among young people in Southern Africa.
In spring 2013, the winner will be invited to hand over the donation in person at a ceremony in South Africa to the school chosen to be the recipient of his funds.