Having been the owner of several “classic” Lotuses and other cars, I feel I ought to add a little to Jenks’ “Honesty” article (Motor Sport, September 1988). It seems very unfair to me that motor dealers do not have to declare themselves as such in their “car wanted” adverts.
If you look through a publication such as Exchange and Mart, you find “T” after cars for sale (denoting a trader) but never after a “car wanted” advert.
I know for a fact some of these phone numbers are dealers. I am not saying all dealers are exporting every car in their hands, but there must be a lot of people who would not ever ring a dealer if they thought their beloved car might end up abroad.
K O’brien, Wirral, Merseyside