(UPDATE: HuffPost Weird News has confirmed that Ridley was not the father of this woman. Read its coverage here.)
Everyone knows sex sells. And when Oregon used-car salesman Kim Ridley, 60, wanted to sell his 1977 Datsun 280Z on eBay, he used images of a hot young woman to do it. But, in this case, the scantily-clad lady in the photos was Ridley's own daughter, according to media reports.
"Girls and dogs attract people's attention," Ridley told AdWeek.
Fair point, Mr. Ridley, but the move has raised some eyebrows. In one photo, prospective buyers have to look beyond 20-year-old Lexxa Ridley's butt cheeks to get a glimpse of the bright yellow vehicle. In another, they get to see her leaning seductively on the car, a lacy bra exposed. In some photos, Lexxa is wearing torn jeans; in others, she's wearing no jeans at all.
One eBay user posted on the ad, "Does buying the car include a free ride with the porn star?", to which Ridley responded: "Nice way to talk about my daughter!!!! But sure----------!!!! Hit the buy it now!!
Despite Ridley's best efforts to pimp out his daughter, the Datsun only got five bids, with the winning one coming in at $7,500.
Maybe people were so busy looking at the photos they forgot to pay any attention to the car. The complete ad is as follows:
ZZZAP!!! Amazing two owner West Coast car with only 49,964 miles as of 11/08/2012. Repainted original Datsun Sunshine Yellow, still has original black upholstery in great condition! Rare features include original factory air conditioning & dealer installed rear window slats. Powered by a fuel injected L28 (2.8 liter) inline overhead cam 6 cylinder, followed up with a 4 speed transmission, independent suspension all the way around, rack and pinion steering, front disc and rear drum brakes makes for a great handling fun to drive 2 seat sports coupe!! Custom touches include an upgraded sound system, custom 17” wheels with Federal 215/40/17 performance radials. Runs and drives fantastic—-way cool car!!!!! Fresh service including oil & filter, new battery, alternator, voltage regulator, & clutch slave cylinder. Drive a legand!!!!
Ridley, who runs Ridley's Rides in Eugene, Oregon, said if he had felt bad about using his daughter, he wouldn't have done it.
Of course, sex in advertising is so prevalent these days that people rarely bat an eye about it. This year's Super Bowl commercials included John Stamos sensually teasing a pretty woman by not giving her a spoonful of Oikos Greek Yogurt.
But using your own daughter? What do you think? Let us know in comments.