A Million Dollar Offer For Uruguay President's Old Beetle

Known for his frugal lifestyle, the president has a huge offer for the vintage Volkswagen.

A powder-blue 1987 Volkswagen Beetle has become a symbol for Uruguayan President Jose Mujica's frugal lifestyle. The president gained worldwide attention in 2010 when he declared that his entire wealth amounted to that car. This earned him the title of "the poorest president in the world".

His finances might be turning around!

Mujica has been offered one million dollars for the vintage car from an Arab sheikh. According to the magazine Busqueda, the offer was made at a G77+China summit earlier this year in Bolivia. 

"They made me an offer," Mujica said. "I was a bit surprised, and at first I really didn't pay too much attention to it.  "But later, another offer came in, and I began to take it a little more seriously," he said.

"In any case, if it does happen, all the money would be for the 'Plan Juntos' or something else at the service of Uruguay," he said. Plan Juntos is a government program that builds housing for the poor.

Interested in his car but don't have a million bucks? You can find similar classic Volkswagen cars for sale online from $4,000 to $9,000. Presidency not required. 

View Comments

Recommended For You