Classic Car Lawyer & Legal Services
With Expertise and Knowledge of the
Buying and Selling of Classic and Collector cars
Our classic car lawyer and legal services offer professional advice and guidance to individuals, private collectors, buyers and sellers and dealers on all matters and disputes concerning the sale and purchase of classic, vintage and collector cars in the UK and internationally.
The rise in classic, rare and collectors cars as an alternative investment for those looking to diversify their portfolio into the classic car sector has given rise to an increase in disputes concerning title, provenance, misrepresentation, fraud, misleading advertising and restoration issues.
Different from traditional classic car solicitors and barristers, Philip Harmer grew up in the industry, learning the trade from the inside out, developing unrivalled knowledge of the technical characteristics and problems of the cars and of course the tricks of the trade.
To talk to us about buying and selling classic cars
call 0333 700 7676
Sellers and Buyers
We have acted for both buyers and sellers of historic and classic cars, including the investigation of issues surrounding ownership and title as well as provenance or history, which invariably is central to the current and future desirability and of course value. As a result, there has been a rise in cases surrounding fraudulent history, fake chassis plates and dubious records.
These generally arise when a seller has made various statements or representations which turn out not to be true either as to service history, provenance or condition. Recent issues include a buyer discovering the car which he thought was an original but turns out to have been made up of parts the remainder of which exist in another car with the same registration, a previously damaged Ferrari 458, 550 Maranello and a Porsche 911 (993)
Repair, Renovation and Restorations
All too often, barn finds and cars bought for restoration are a money pit, difficult to accurately estimate and costing more to restore than the car’s worth.
This is made worse with the absence of a schedule of works and prescribed instructions of what to do and how far to go. This leads to either the customer facing a bill much larger than anticipated and/or the restorer doing more than they should have done.
Notwithstanding the restorer biting off more than they can chew and not delivering a restoration to the requisite standard, leaving the owner out of pocket and with a vehicle requiring extensive remedial works. Recent cases have included a Ford Mexico, E-Type Jaguar, VW Camper Van and Lancia Delta Integrale Evo .