If you need to sell a 1996 Honda Accord with more than 140,000 miles on it, you’d figure you don’t have a lot of options.
Carrie Hollenbeck, however, had a secret weapon: her fiancé Max Lanman, a Los Angeles-based writer and director who was able to make a hilarious ad that the couple added to her eBay listing while selling her vehicle, nicknamed “Greenie.”
Just days after the listing began, bidding had reached $150,000 and the video had gone viral, with more than 4.3 million views. But eBay canceled the listing due to “unusual bidding activity,” according to a statement.
“A few years ago, I was driving to Big Sur with my (then) girlfriend Carrie to go camping on Highway 1. While we were traversing gorgeous switchbacks, it felt like we were driving in a car commercial and that’s when it hit me that it would be really funny to make a high-end car commercial for her crappy car,” said Lanman.
“You don’t need things. You’re happy with who you are. You don’t care about money. You have everything you ever wanted,” the voice-over explains as we see a woman (a professional actress; not Hollenbeck) pin her hair up and go for a drive with her cat, or pour coffee from the shotgun seat, or connect her iPod to the car via a tape deck converter.