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Sale of Maglev hits the buffers

THE sale of a piece of local history has been derailed, after the buyer backed-out of the deal.

THE sale of a piece of local history has been derailed, after the buyer backed-out of the deal.

Birmingham Airport had auctioned off its iconic Maglev carriage, and was delighted when bids reached £25,100.

It planned to split the money between Acorns Children’s Hospice and Help for Heroes.

But now it’s emerged that the winning bidder failed to come up with the cash – claiming they’d only offered £2,500.

With the buyer only willing to pay a tenth of the total amount, the airport decided to put the carriage back on the market.

The airport’s John Morris said: “We are really disappointed.

It certainly leaves a bad taste in your mouth when this sort of thing happens.”

Three bidders, including the winner, had offered over £20,000 and been sent e-mails, telling them to pull-out if they weren’t serious.

A second auction has now started and was due to finish this week.

The Maglev was revolutionary when it was introduced in 1984, running from the airport terminal to Birmingham International for over a decade.

After it was scrapped in 1995, one of its carriages was sent to a museum, while a second was kept at the airport site.

 

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