Uruguay leader won't sell car even for $1 million

AP News
Posted: Nov 14, 2014 3:14 PM
Uruguay leader won't sell car even for $1 million

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's President Jose Mujica says he's turning down a $1 million offer for his famous 27-year-old Volkswagen Beetle.

Mujica says an Arab sheikh had offered to buy the car, which has become a symbol of Mujica's ostentatiously unpretentious style.

But he told a radio program on Friday that he couldn't sell the sky-blue Volkswagen because it would offend some friends who had given it to him, and he also says he's fond of the car.

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He also has another sitting at his ramshackle flower farm, and officially declared the value of both together as $4,385.

The 79-year-old leader leaves office next year.