For almost a quarter century, Nicolae Ceausescu held Romania in a vice-like grip - and its tax authority was hoping to draw on the late Communist dictator's notoriety to help sell one of his cars.
But a recent auction of the off-roader made especially for Ceausescu in 1977 failed to attract a single bidder.
Tax authority ANAF set a starting price of 137,500 lei ($33,355) for the sky-blue ARO 304, one of a fleet of up to six produced especially for Ceausescu, but did little to promote the auction.
Made by now defunct local carmaker ARO Campulung during the late 1970s, it has been lingering behind closed doors in a hangar on the outskirts of Bucharest, and viewings have been by appointment only.
Ceausescu used the car for hunting trips and official visits.
Romania struggled under one of Eastern Europe's most repressive Cold War-era regimes.
Up to 2 million people are believed to have been killed, imprisoned, deported or relocated between 1945 and 1989.
Historians estimate up to 100,000 people, including priests, teachers, doctors and politicians, died in jail.