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Feb 282015

The gold rush is on! With car prices soaring, the impetus to restore and sell is great. The problem is in the haste these cars are finished, they are not sorted out. Often as not, they are not driven after restoration and before auction or private treaty sale. No milage since restoration often is not a plus. Details that make a restoration are not satisfactorily completed. All the things that the restorer couldn’t get quite right are left for the new owner to sort out.

We have a saying in the shop “99% restored and 99% left to go.” The last percent is often the most expensive.

Recently a customer had his newly purchased at auction Mercedes Benz 190SL towed into our shop. It had been backfiring and running poorly and ultimately refused to start altogether. Upon inspection the shoddily rebuilt starter and the ring-gear on the flywheel were in need of replacement. In addition the carburetors needed work. The point is that no one seen enough time on the car. Seat time, even modest seat time, would have revealed much. Albeit a very pretty car with a nice coat of paint, it was far from what I would call roadworthy.

The moral of the story is Caveat Emptor. In all cases try to drive the car in as many conditions as possible

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