Restoration court case concludes
Image: El Caganer 2009
A court case involving a 1930 Speed Six Bentley has come to a conclusion in the UK, with judges finding in favour of a car dealer, who sold the significantly restored vehicle to an American businesswoman in 2007.
The buyer, Mercedes Brewer, paid over $670,000 for the rare vintage vehicle five years ago but, subsequently, sued the seller for $142,000, because she claimed that she had assumed at the time of sale that the classic car was in its original condition.
An appeal made by the dealer saw the case go back before the courts and it was found that the Bentley would still be considered to be accurately described by its original title, as well as being referred to by its original year of manufacture, even if it had undergone extensive restoration.
A spokesperson for the courts explained that such an old car was going to have unavoidably undergone some work over the course of its eight decades in existence.
The car itself is considered to be one of the best Bentley classics available, although Brewer had initially taken issue with the fact that the engine was a reconstituted 6.5 litre unit, dating from 1927 and not part of the original setup.