Luke Aker, a movie industry professional and founder of Ikonik Films joined the pantheon of crappy used-car owners with imagination to spare when it involves selling their rides.
But unlike other private sellers, the Orlando, Florida-based filmmaker not only managed to draw the attention of the web, but the brand of the car itself, in this case, Nissan, which says it had such a blast with Aker's Craigslist ad and professionally made YouTube video for his 1996 Maxima V6, that it decided to purchase the vehicle.
"We saw Mr. Aker's video ad yesterday and couldn't pass it up, once we finally stopped laughing," said Nissan’s Director of Interactive & Social Media Marketing, Erich Marx. "We know a good deal when we see one, especially on such a classic, so we jumped on it. We commend Mr. Aker for his creativity and wanted to celebrate it by taking him up on his extraordinary offer."
Marx pointed out that Nissan, which will also pledged to donate $1,000 to the Wounded Warriors Project (Aker's charity of choice) in his name, is not sure what it will do with the car next – aside from winning more attention from the internet, that is…
"We’re currently exploring several possibilities for what the future holds for this majestic vehicle," he said. "Right now, we’re making arrangements to pick it up from Mr. Aker, and it will be housed temporarily at a local dealership."
Nissan Maxima Craigslist Ad Description:
There is luxury in a Bentley, speed in a Ferrari, comfort in Bugatti.
For everything else, there's this 1996 Nissan Maxima; aged 17 years.
Appropriately named, never before in history has a car had the words "time-tested" engraved into its lone spirit. Being offered up for sale I present to you a car that will make magic happen. It not only brings more admiring stares than any other car I have driven it also has seatbelts! Amazing!
This pavement-yacht has a ride as smooth as a Pegasus' backside. Its such a massive and impressive land-yacht it requires the use of steering fluid that has been designed to leak out from underneath the car when it has been exhausted from the majestic work that it has done, released into the wild when the great Maxima when it has decided its time has come. This Maxima no longer needs to let the odometer tell it how far it has gone - it has chosen a path of greatness and valor and refuses to let silly numbers determine its life!
Only moments after sitting it its comfort of properly weathered leather you will hear the squeals of glee that the powerful V6 motors makes as it groans to life. You are at the command of a great ship, a warrior land-ship-yacht with scars to prove that it has indeed been to war and back! This steed of sorts will carry you from here and only by its grace will it allow you to get to where you are going at the mercy of its majesty!
Few have ridden its glorious wheels, and few more may see its greatness.
The orange Unifying Grasp and Lift safetY (aslo known as U.G.L.Y.) restrains the front hood to the maxima degree!