Hi Brittany and Kevin,
Well we finally got the car last week, much latter than we first expected but that’s all part of the learning curve and we now know that perhaps we didn’t choose the best shipping agent. Unfortunately the car was held in LA as the shipper didn’t have clear title on the other car that was going in the container with ours, so we waited two months for that to be sorted out. Then Customs in Australia delayed it for a week because of mud and seeds caught up in the rear springs, whether they were just flexing their muscle or there really was, we will never know. However by far the most disappointing part was the agent was an extremely poor communicator and we had to continuously pester him before he would send an update, unlike you guys who were always very responsive.
Most importantly though the car has arrived in one piece and it was as described so we are very happy. I attached a proof of life photo from Albury in New South Wales on its way to Melbourne. The car is now enjoying some of what an Australian summer has to offer, perhaps the warmest it has ever seen, as it was in Sydney when they had a few days around 110F.
We have been corresponding with the previous owner who has been very helpful to understand the condition of the car, the work previously done and the back story around why the car was sold back to the St Louis Museum. According to him the car was taken back because the condition of the car was misrepresented to him at the time of purchase, while he didn’t get his $20K worth of repairs back the museum bought it from him for the original purchase he paid. Of course this is only one side of the story and truth may, and quite often does, lay somewhere in between but according to him the straw that finally broke him was the diagnosis that the camshaft is damaged and that it was going to cost him $6,000 to have the engine stripped down and have it repaired. Being early days we are still trying to get the car settled in but it is starting easily so that’s a good sign and once we’ve serviced the basics and getting it registered for the road we’ll try to see if there is any credence to the findings on the camshaft.
But I must say once again thank you both for making this long distance transaction possible and for all the help along the way with our requests.
In the meantime we’ll keep an eye on your website for perhaps another Cadillac a little earlier or an early teens Buick as these would be on my bucket list to own. You never know we might be talking again.
By the way I was impressed with the professionalism of Curves Ahead if you ever are looking for a carrier in the US as they were particular good to deal with, it was only once it left their hands that things went awry.
All the best for 2017
Just wanted to let you know that I am loving my Bucket T and that I have won 3 trophies in the first 4 cruise ins/shows. It is really a nice build. Thanks for making the buying experience so easy and selling me the Bucket at a really fair price. Please let me know if you get a 56 Chevy…….it is my next toy. I want a nicely restored, hot rod type 56. Let me know if you get something in. Thanks again.
3d Health, Inc.
Saw this video several months back and as it turns out, just purchased the car. MotoeXotica is a great place to buy a Classic Car. Their sales rep (Kevin) was professional and made sure I had a great experience. Their mechanic (Jeff) addressed a few issues with the car before I made the 11 hour trip back home (changed oil/filter, volt meter wired always on, lose tach wire, reset carb floats, reset timing). I live in the south so it’s mid December and I’m still enjoying ‘top down’ cruising (today’s temp 78degrees 🙂- Nelson -
1965 Austin Healey
Hello to all,
just to tell you that the car has safely arrived in Le Havre, we will have a good look around, and although the sky here is much more grey than in St Louis, I am very pleased with the car.
Thanks to everyone for your help, and have a very peaceful Xmas and a very happy New Year
1965 Mercedes Benz 230SL
The car arrived in good shape Friday evening, 12-4-15. I must say the delivery service you used was well above standard. Over the years I have had five cars
shipped in and Lynn Schreiber’s service, from Confident Cargo USA, was exceptional. From having the car covered, to the drivers seat covered, and changing cloths
before driving the car from the enclosed trailer, plus calling several times to give progress and hitting his arrival time within minutes. That is service I have not
experienced in previous deliveries. You made a good choice.
Thank you for making this purchase and delivery smooth and uneventful.
Keith- Keith - 1972 Mercedes -