German billionaire and car enthusiast Andreas Pohl is suing the British car dealer, Coys of Kensington, after a Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 he bought sight unseen didn’t arrive in the quality he was expecting.
Pohl, a man known for his extensive car collection, bought the car after being told it was in a “very good” condition, and had apparently been given legal documents stating that the car was authentic and original. After buying the German sports car for $511,000 (£390,000) and taking delivery of it, he apparently found that the body of the car had been rebuilt to a later model. On top of that, the doors had also been replaced, it had an aluminium crankcase instead of magnesium, electrical plug connections, reinforcing plates, and screw connections for safety belts,The Telegraph reports.
After taking the car to be registered, he was unable to do so due to corrosion on the axles and steering system leaks. He therefore claims that the car is unsafe to drive.
“In telephone conversations on 27 and 28 October 2018 between Mr (Michael) Haag, acting as the agent of the defendant [Coys], and Herr Wolf, acting as the agent of the claimant [Mr Pohl], the defendant further represented to the claimant that the condition of the car was ‘very good’,” the claim made in the High Court states. “Prior to the claimant’s purchase of the car the claimant, as the defendant knew, did not inspect the car or arrange for any inspection of the car… the claimant purchased the car in reliance upon and induced by the representations.”
A report was done on the 911 to confirm its history and condition, and since then Pohl has asked for a refund from Coys, which he claims they have agreed to. They are yet to carry out the transaction. Pohl is adamant that he is entitled to his full money back, or instead damages for misrepresentation, breaches of contract, and breaches of warrant.
Coys will be fighting the claim after denying that they accepted to pay a refund for the vehicle while also stating the Pohl had signed necessary documents stating that he acknowledged the 911 may have had parts replaced and that he should inspect it in person.