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Healys’ Classic Car team advises individuals, collectors, dealers, brokers, race prepares and auction houses on all aspects of their classic car affairs.

Our team specialise in transactions of collector cars. Our practice deals with domestic and cross border purchases, sales and exchanges of expensive vehicles, including:-

  • Issues of title
  • Provenance
  • Deferred payment and security
  • Import, taxation and registration.

The Classic Car practice is international in reach and experience, having handled many transactions in the US, Europe, Middle and Far East as well as the UK.

Healys’ Classic Car team have unrivalled sector knowledge which we use to achieve the very best results for our clients. This has resulted in us being involved in some of most significant collector car transactions in recent times, both public and private.

When Things Go Wrong

Buying a classic car can be fulfilling a boyhood dream or simply adding to a collection, but once the purchase is complete you can be left with a nightmare.

In most cases if you deal with a reputable company you won’t have a problem with your transaction, but Healys is here to help you in case you are in the minority.

Our team are keen enthusiasts of the sport/sector and will be able to help you get back what you deserve. This comes from many years of expertise representing clients in similar situations.

There are a number ways the team can help you:

  • Misrepresentation claims – These occur when purchasing from a dealer or auction house and you later find you were misled on the condition or the history of the car.
  • Restoration disputes –These occur when cars are sent to restorers and the work completed is not at the correct standard.
  • Price Disputes – This occurs when deals fall through due to the car being overvalued or buyer pulling out due to lack of funds.
  • Identity disputes – This occurs when parts that are salvaged from one car are used another and then claimed to be the original car.
  • Title disputes – This occurs when ownership of a car is claimed by more than one person.

Healys’ Classic Car team are experts in dispute resolution. We resolve disputes on behalf of our clients by understanding the best means of achieving our clients’ aims. In the vast majority of cases, this will be to conclude matters as quickly and as cost effectively as possible. However, there may be other commercial considerations affecting strategy.

 

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Call our London office on 020 7822 4000 or our Brighton office on 01273 838734. You can also contact us online.
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CLASSIC CARS / Collector Cars experiences
  • Advising a US owner of an historic 70's Porsche 911 race car, who became aware of another car residing in Europe, bearing the same chassis number, but decked out in differing race livery. Both cars carried divergent histories in early years, but which merged from the eighties. Both cars have been examined by expert marque engineers, whilst painstaking research has been undertaken both in the Americas and Europe, the outcome odd which is yet to be concluded.
  • A client based in Hong Kong was the successful bidder at auction in London of a Bugatti carrying a body by James Young. Post auction, the buyer felt "unsure" about the car, when it was discovered that the sale was by the US auction house and not by an unconnected third party. In the event the "seller" could not prove title and was obliged to accept the return of the car, whilst refunding the purchase price as well as settling legal costs and all expenses.
  • Acting for an owner of a Jaguar D Type confronted by a claim from another party claiming that he owned the same, genuine chassis. As with all D Types, the tub has a chassis number, which number is also stamped on suspension and other parts. After a career spent racing the tub of the Jaguar was deemed "tired", when the parts were removed and re-fitted to a new tub, whilst the original tub was discarded. In due course the discarded tub was "refreshed with genuine new parts. The question arose as to which of the cars could be deemed to be genuine. The parties reached a reasonable conclusion.
  • Competition engines, by the very nature of their intended use, are subject to extreme stress and therefor wear. Competent re-builds usually produce the number of working hours expected, but in a small, but significant number of those rebuilds, poor workmanship can bring about major failure. Independent examination by expert engineers has often provided the basis on which we have founded a number of successful recovery actions.
  • Following a year of ownership of an Alfa Romeo Guilia Spider, the purchaser who had bought the car as a present for his daughter discovered that the car and documentation carried reference to two different chassis numbers, which anomalies were not disclosed, nor apparent at inspection. Advice is now being sought on the basis of the remedied that may be available based upon the misrepresentation of the seller.
  • Advising a client who wished to establish the authenticity of his 1949 Alfa Romeo 6c SS This car was bought at auction in the UK, having spent many years in Argentina. Doubts had been raised as to the authenticity of the car, to the extent that it had been labelled a "fake". An exhaustive forensic examination of the car was undertaken. In particular, a sample of metal was cut from the chassis and following analysis, was found to have been to have been cast in the year of manufacture, so establishing provenance beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • Appointed in 2004 to manage the dissolution of AC Car Group Limited, following a century of production ranging from 3 wheeled cars to the iconic AC Cobra.
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