Hi there Scott!
Thanks for your message. Yes….when I took the car to Mercedes Motoring last month to FINALLY get the few unresolved items taken care of, JG was NOT there….the guy that was said he had no notice of my appointment or what the purpose was despite having JUST arrived back to the shop from coffee with JG himself. I NEVER personally met the guy……spoke to him once……all other communication via text which he only RARELY responds too without multiple submissions……His shop that day appeared to be an abandoned warehouse of old MBZ’s and junk including motorcycles etc…all covered in plastic and dusty……NOTHING like the photo he portrays on line of a beautiful and pristine early 20th century warehouse full of polished vehicles etc.
The car I bought from him I learned of through a guy that does a lot of restoration on my cars here in Orange County and often does concourse details for JG before he sells a car……he “brokered” the deal so to speak and as luck would have it……the car had been listed on JG’s website a “coming soon” a few months before last November when I actually bought the car. I reached out to JG numerous times inquiring about the car with no response until finally in October he replied that the car was already sold and spoken for. The story goes that the original buyer came into “Financial Difficulty” and needed to “sell the vehicle” and Jimmy was “helping” him do so….mind you I wired the funds directly to JG. He took a car I was beginning to restore in trade at a value of $12,000 and I paid the $23,000 balance of the car’s $35,000 sales price in cash. There were two items in need that he committed to remedy right away……the stereo was disconnected and the seat lever was broken. He sent me to a stereo guy to reconnect the stereo who insisted on payment at the time the work was done and had no notice from JG of my appointment and I then took it to Mercedes Motoring where his long haired stoner no nothing assistant repaired the lever an sent me on my way. I had a few other minor issues I was hoping to discuss with him about resolving….at my expense…but he made it clear he wanted NOTHING to do with meeting or discussing this car or its history with me at all. I am only the second registered owner as the original title certificate was presented to me signed over by the original owners from LA with no dates or no new owner name completed. The only thing I know about the car is what the DMV was able to share which was that the car had been registered Non-Operating since 1995.
I REALLY wanted to know the history of the car and why the car was driven so few miles……Only just shy of 18,000 when I got it in November……but he had evaded ANY discussion of the matter.
It is this shady experience that has made me unhappy with the entire transaction and ultimately not wanting of the vehicle. The guy who brokered the car to me from JG is assisting me with locating a new owner as I just don’t want it anymore….it reminds me of a very uneasy experience……hell for all I know that car is stolen….LOL
I do have a vintage BMW….an E23……1983 733i with only 11,000 miles on it….it is AMAZING and I purchased it from a VERY reputable vintage car broker in San Francisco known as Cars Dawydiak.
I also have a 1967 230SL, a 1982 240D 4-speed, a 1981 380SLC with 28k miles and a 1992 190E with 76k.
Anyway….nice to know I am not the only one who has been treated like this by JG and that this is his M.O. I am reporting him to the State of California as I just don’t want anyone to EVER feel like I do having invested heavily in a car and then having a complete cloud of unanswered questions and unresolved issues to live with.