Classic Cars | Experience & Expertise
Ensure your dream purchase doesn’t turn into a nightmare. So often we hear how the old adage ‘all that glistens is not gold’ applies to a car offered as ‘fully restored’ turns out to be a quick respray over a corroded body or space frame containing dubious replica parts. We can help you avoid the pitfalls by assisting with the purchase.
Let us ensure you have a properly-drafted sales agreement which clearly states what has been said about the vehicle, that way you can actually rely upon representations; so avoid the real risk of ‘buying a pup’.
The old maxim “Buyer Beware” remains true where a buyer is acquiring from a private individual who is a collector, not technically someone “selling in the course of trade” but let us check out their bona fides for you.
A genuine vendor will be prepared to warrant statements about a car. If he is not, we always advise a client to walk away.
The car’s recent history needs to be properly documented and carefully verified since it can be so critical to the value of a particular vehicle, in what is such an active market, especially where a slight difference in specification or model can make such a huge difference to value. We advise on a wide range of issues including:
- title investigation
- import and export arrangements
- dispute over restorations and value
- personal registration plate disputes
- negotiating contracts for sale/purchase
- auction sales and purchase
- valuations for probate
- identity disputes
- breach of contract
- auction and ownership disputes
- VIN tampering
- re-bodied cars
- fake documentation
Jonathan has been advising on classic car deals for many years, his particular knowledge is in post war British sports cars but he has acted on deals involving most of the leading marques. He was a founder member of The London Classic Car Club. A member of The Balearic Classic Club and JDC. His tally of cars over the years numbers close on 50, many of which are now regarded as classics.
Over the years he has advised on a wide range of transactions both in the UK and abroad and the inevitable disputes arising in the sector, from sales of Jaguars XK 120’s to Ferrari 250 GTO’s with the odd Bugatti and Facel Vega thrown into the mix, at prices usually ranging from £50,000 to £5m+.
Robert has developed considerable technical experience in resolving contentious issues and is recommended by Legal 500 as being “client focused”.
Tom has both practical and technical skills in putting together deals and seeing them through and works closely with Jonathan and Robert.