Police in Guanajuato, Mexico have been criticised after adding a number of high-performance vehicles to their fleet that were seized from criminals. This expensive list of luxury vehicles was originally planned to join police service in the fight against crime in the Mexican city, but now the government has made plans to begin auctioning the cars to help raise money for the community.
The auction is run by the government’s new Institute to Return Stolen Goods to the People (IRSGP) which is dubbed as the ‘Robin Hood’ program, which has become a popular talking topic across the country.
At present, there’s 82 vehicles up for sale. This includes a 2007 Lamborghini Murcielago, a 1965 Ford Mustang, 1951 Volkswagen Beetle, various Chevrolet Corvettes/Camaros, Ford Mustangs, Hummers, Porsches, Jaguars, along with lots of everyday cars, such as Fiats and Smart cars.
This large list of cars varies in type, price and size, meaning that there’s plenty of choice for all budgets, which should attract lots of potential customers. The first auction day has an estimated turnover of $15 million.
The proceeds of the first auction will go to two areas in the Mexican state of Oaxaca – one of the poorest places in the country. Further auctions will help develop youth drug rehabilitation centres amongst other things to help build stronger communities.
The head of Mexico’s IRSGP, Ricardo Rodriguez said: “Before, this worked like a reverse Robin Hood – taking from the people and giving to the corrupt. Not anymore”.
For a country renown for government corruption, this move is a giant leap forwards in the fight against dodgy officials. Not only do driving enthusiasts get the opportunity to buy some great cars, it’s all for a good cause, making it a win win for us petrolheads.
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