The 23-year-old from Hannover was “apparently not an experienced convertible driver,” news agency DPA reported. He took the sporty new Audi A3 convertable onto the A2 motorway after putting the unsealed money envelope in the backseat for safekeeping, then watched in horror as the money fluttered away when he reached a high speed.
The man called police from the German state of Lower Saxony, who closed the A2 in both directions for 30 minutes between Garbsen and Hannover-Herrenhausen to help him search for the airborne cash.
He was only able to find €20,000 of the initial sum, most of which was located near the guard rail, police said.
It remains unclear whether he will still buy a new car.