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256 Fall 2015



We can always count on two

things from the Legendary Motorcar

Company. They always have top qual-

ity cars to sell and their ads use excel-

lent photography.When we saw the ad

pictured at the right, we read the de-

scription and realized that it con-

tained everything a potential buyer

would want to know...except the car’s

serial number. So we sent them the

following email:

Dear Friends:

I’m assuming Peter Klutt won’t be

receiving this email because he is out

in Monterey, but I wanted to pose a

question before it slips my mind. I re-

ceived the notice of this Hertz car

being offered for sale and, out of cu-

riosity, had one question that maybe

someone at LMC can answer: Why is

the car’s Shelby serial number not in-

cluded in the ad? Aside from the price,

it is the single most important piece of

information you can provide about the

car. It will tell far more than any writ-

ten description.

Not including it is either an over-

sight (hard to believe because you

guys are professionals) or it is done on

purpose–for what reason I cannot

imagine unless there is something

about the car’s history which is detri-

mental and needs to be hidden be-

cause it might cause potential buyers

to immediately lose interest. If there

is a third reason I am not aware of I

would live to know it.

Rick Kopec

And,of course, there was one. Ac-

tually, there were four. We received a

speedy reply from LMC’s David Grif-

fiths, who explained that Peter Klutt

was, as we had assumed, in Monterey

but he wanted to get back to us

tory. If they listed the serial number it

might appear there was a problem and

could diminish interest in the car.

4. LMC has also experienced sev-

eral situations over the past few years

where bottom-feeders were fraudu-

lently using the cars in LMC ads,

claiming they owned them and at-

tempting to convince prospective buy-

ers to provide deposits–which they

would never see again.

This was, frankly, not something

we had considered, probably because

we inhabit a cloistered world where

ninety-nine percent of the people we

deal with are honest and above board.

We tend to take things at face value.

We have not had much first-person ex-

perience with computer shysters and

low life scam artists, so protecting

against them is not foremost in our

mind. It probably will be now.

Thanks, guys.

quickly. He said there were four rea-

sons not to include a car’s serial num-

ber in one of their ads.

1. There are brokers who take

LMC’s pictures and descriptions and

try to sell the car on their own; with-

out the VIN it is more difficult to do


2. LMC prefers that customers

contact them directly so they can get

details for their database as well as

discuss the car in more depth to see it

fits a customer’s criteria.

3. Griffiths recently went to in-

spect a ‘66 Shelby and thought it was

a good car until he looked in SAAC’s

Registry. The individual history noted

there were questions, causing some

concern. Peter Klutt called registrar

Howard Pardee and the situation was

sorted out. In the case of a car like

this, they want to be able to tell

prospective buyers the car’s full his-

When Greg Melnyk searched eBay for “Cobra” and found an aluminum block

for $85 he must have thought he had just hit the lottery. Further reading re-

vealed the block was for a Crosley. Cobra afficionados know that in this case

Cobra was a shortening of “COpper BRAzed.” The description said,

“Very clean

early Crosley Cobra block. Lifter bores and cylinders look good with some

straining in the cylinders but should clean up with a light hone. An area above

the spark plug hole was tig welded because someone got a little aggressive with

the spark plug socket back in the day and made a small hole. It was just a shelf

ornament; correct Cobras cam cover included

.” We’ve seen wackier collectibles.