Guys thanks so much for the advice. I've heard of Rose Bay Automotive but was not sure what models they specialized in.
Yes it is the '97 Black VT that has caught my eye. I will give it some more thought before I ask to have it inspected due to the bad rap it seems to have. Does anyone know what exactly it needs to be wanting a $50K investment in its health? Is it mainly issues with the driveline...engine or suspension or is it cosmetic issues such as paint, interior, wheel refurbishment etc or a combination of the above?
Appreciate the advice guys, this is a great forum.
Mike Palmer - do a Google search. Also, check out the austlii database. This is the guy that borrowed money to improve his house and then refused to pay it back. His argument in court was that only gold and silver is legal tender, and since he was paid in "numbers on a computer screen", that is not legal tender so he doesn't have to pay it back
Paul Plazcek was his Lambo mechanic and previously for his Lotus too (after Paul McCreery banned him for bounced checks).
When the car went to Plazcek, it was not serviced in years, the viscous coupling was shot ($30k job according to Paul), head gasket on one bank was leaking, front lift shocks were shot ($10k a piece), clutch was dead, etc.
Then Mike Palmer "lost" the car over a game of cards. Newspapers seem to say otherwise (google again). It seems the car is being sold by the person that "won" the car (Mike's story) or "took" the car for money owed (according to the papers). Either way, the car is being sold from a suburb where Falcodores are prestige cars.
According to the description, it looks like the clutch was fixed by Lambo Melbourne. How much else was fixed, that's anyone's guess. If the seller has fixed PROPERLY what was wrong with the car, you'd think he would try to re-coup those costs, not sell the car SOOOOO cheap, and for such a long time.
And then, you have the cosmetics, but that's personal choice.
Best thing is to take the car to Plazcek in Braeside for a PPI and see what happens.
You make something idiotproof, they'll make a better idiot.