by Mike –
Yesterday I received an email, shown below, from Chris Routledge of Coys addressing the problem with the Iso Grifo at their auction recently in Essen, Germany.
This message has been published in the Comment section as well by Nik Hannah of Coys.
I am publishing it as a Post so all readers have the opportunity to read it.
Email from Chris Routledge of Coys
Regarding the details of the sale of an Iso Grifo which was described in its documentation and paperwork as being chassis 001, Coys confirm that despite incorrect comments being circulated by parties who were not in attendance at the event, the transaction for this car has not taken place and the matter of the car is now being handled in Germany where the event took place.
The case of historic motorcars due to the nature of their age where some confusion arises about their history is unfortunately commonplace throughout the world and in this particular instance upon the acknowledgement of claims being made of an alternative car with the same chassis number the matter was handled in an entirely appropriate manner and the sale has not proceeded.
This situation, although unfortunate, is simply no more complicated than that.
In a follow up email I asked several questions and today Mr. Routledge replied (without answering my questions),
As you will appreciate this is now a private matter amongst the parties in Germany and it would not be reasonable for me to comment on any communications between them as any further comment is not within Coys gift.
However I am pleased to confirm as per my comment of yesterday that no sale has taken place on the car and as such your readers can take comfort in knowing that the matter is being resolved properly.
Ongoing, should there be any information regarding this which would be relevant to your readers, we will of course communicate this to you.