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    CLASSIC CAR ACQUISITION 

    With considerable experience in collector car transactions, both in the UK and internationally, the Healys Collector Car Group has the necessary expertise and the network of specialist contacts to advise on all aspects of car collecting.

    Our dedicated solicitors are keen enthusiasts of the industry and understand the importance of a smooth and efficient transaction.  Whether your purchase is a classic car, prestige model, supercar or race car, we can offer you assistance and guidance through every stage of the acquisition.

    Our acquisition service covers:

    • Status of the parties – clarification of all entities involved in a car sale or purchase to include; buyer, seller, borrower, lender, principal or agent
    • History & provenance – to ensure the history as represented fits the acquisition and there are no other competing cars with similar history
    • Title – to confirm party has ownership of the vehicle and that it can be legally bought, and that historic differences are checked on race cars that have never been registered
    • Documentation – to protect your interest on a transaction through the drafting and reviewing of essential terms such as the warranty, declarations, and guarantees
    • Inspection – specialist valuations from marque and model experts
    • Enquiries – review of outstanding finance or unpaid customs duties/VAT
    • Finance and security documentation – checks to see if borrowing has been taken out on the car, in case a person is borrowing money to purchase
    • Transactions & deliveries – arrangements for the payment of funds and delivery of the vehicle on completion of purchase or sale
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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 Car Acquisition 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  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 of 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.
    Classic Car Acquisition insights
    • KEY ADVICE ON HOW TO MINIMISE THE RISK OF LITIGATION

      22nd June 2020

      Covid-19 has affected us all with most of us (whether as businesses or individuals) seeking to reduce expenditure/preserve cash as much as possible.  This might cause you to delay pursuing any claims you may have.  You would however be wrong to delay because Healys can (in the right circumstances) pursue your claim at no financial cost/risk to you whatsoever. Continue reading »

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    • KEY ADVICE ON HOW TO MINIMISE THE RISK OF LITIGATION

      22nd June 2020

      Covid-19 has affected us all with most of us (whether as businesses or individuals) seeking to reduce expenditure/preserve cash as much as possible.  This might cause you to delay pursuing any claims you may have.  You would however be wrong to delay because Healys can (in the right circumstances) pursue your claim at no financial cost/risk to you whatsoever. Continue reading »

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    London: 020 7822 4000 Brighton: 01273 838734 Or you can contact us online: Contact Us