Kim Ridley, owner and salesman of the Oregon used car dealership Ridley's Rides, insists that the sexy, scantily-clad model used in a recent eBay ad is not his own 20-year-daughter, Lexxa. In fact, Ridley is a huge family man with two kids - neither of which is a girl. Ridley went under fire after making a comment joking that the sexy model featured in a recent ad for a 1977 Datsun 280Z was his own young daughter - the eBay ad then soon went viral. Some people are still criticizing Ridley for his inappropriate "parenting" behavior - although the used car salesman insists the model-in-question is actually just a friend who regularly poses for his low-cost, Ridley's Rides website photo shoots.
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Check out the ad for the 1977 Datsun 28OZ here, featuring a provocative model posing on and straddling the hot-yellow vehicle:
One eBay commenter wrote - "Does buying the car include a free 'ride' with the porn star?" To which Ridley responded on Nov. 15, "Nice way to talk about my daughter!!!! But sure----------!!!! Hit the buy it now!!"
Some weren't too impressed with Ridley's comment - especially after he continued the joke in an interview with Adweek.com, stating that the model was indeed his 20-year-old daughter "Lexxa." But no worries! Ridley is actually exploiting another father's daughter in his auto ad, not his own.
After all the harsh criticism, Ridley recanted his claims, insisting, "It started out as a joke because somebody put a rude comment on my eBay listing. Somebody picked up on it and I thought, 'Ah, what the heck?'" He continues to explain, "It's amazing how this took off... It's just crazy. It's funny how people pick up on something and blow it up and make it huge."
60-year-old Ridley lives in Eugene, CO with his wife and two sons - no daughters. He claims he has featured attractive models in his car ads since the mid-1980s in an attempt to try and use sex appeal to sell used autos. Apparently that approach works quite well:
"Hey, whatever attracts attention to an ad. And if you watch TV much, my little deal is nothing compared to those Carl's Jr. ads."
The vintage yellow sports car eventually sold for $7,500.