Tim Durham (right) arrives at court in Indianapolis in June to hear the verdict in his trial
Tim Durham started out as an attorney, then left practice for far greener pastures. Highly ambitious, he reportedly made millions through leveraged buyouts. He was a well-known fixture at collector car auctions. Arriving on his private jet — and spending freely — he rapidly amassed a significant collection that included Duesenbergs, Ferraris and a Bugatti Veyron. Durham also Read More
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“Legal Files” recently wrote about the 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster that German authorities seized on a claim that it had been stolen from Hans Friedrich Prym in 1945 (June 2012, p. 30).
The current owners, who bought the car at the 2011 RM Monterey auction, were very confident that the claims would be summarily dismissed. Surprisingly, the German court recently ruled that the Prym family had Read More
“Legal Files” has written several times about various techniques that collectors employ to avoid paying sales/use taxes on their collector cars. It’s a big deal, as the sales/use tax rates are typically 6% to 10% of the purchase price of the car.
One of the common techniques, which our office uses with many of our clients, is to form a Montana LLC (limited liability company) to serve as the owner of the collector cars. Under Read More
In late March, Frans van Haren and Tony Paalman, Dutch car collectors and business partners, put their 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster on display at the Techno Classica car show in Essen, Germany.
The two men had bought the car, Lot 147, for $3,767,500, including buyer’s premium, at RM Auctions’ 2011 sale in Monterey, CA.
Life was good — until the German police, executing a warrant issued by a local court, seized the 500K on the basis that it had Read More