Audi A3 convertible test drive ends in disaster as cash-filled envelope falls open
15 May 2009

A motorway in Germany had to be closed yesterday after more than £20,000 blew off the back seat of an Audi A3 convertible that wa sbeing test driven.

The driver is reported to have arrived at the Audi garage in Hanover with the cash in an evelope ready to buy the car. Deciding to take one more test drive before buying the car, he set off with the envelope on the back seat of the car.

Unfortunately, the envelope blew open and 23,000 Euros (about £20,600) flew from the car into the path of oncoming motorists.

Police closed the road in both directions for half an hour to search for the missing money and all but 3,000 euros (about £2665) was recovered.

Subsequently the police have warned the public against scavenging along the motorway for the missing notes, pointing out that it would be illegal to keep them.

However, it may not be the end of the bad news for the driver, as police are considering charging him for their time.

It is not known if he went on to buy the car.

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