Well, she sold it to another person. It wasn't a question of price, but
that the buyer had shown interest first.
I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly thank the many list members
who offered their thoughts and advice on:
1) What to look for when looking at a classic car for the first time;
2) That the title number is indeed the engine number and that this
apparently occurred during the 40's through the 60's (thanks to Andy Mace
for this information);
3) When to think about walking away from the "beast". (although, from the
pictures, it would have been hard to do this)
I found out today that another buyer bought the car before I had a chance to
see it. Ugh! I'm heartbroken, and still looking for a TR3/3a/3b that I can
acquire. I'm not afraid of a little work, but I do want it complete, with
original components, primarily sound, and running. Is a purchase price of
$2,000 to $4,500 too little for what I'm looking for?
Based on a couple of questions from other members, I would like to respond.
I do have pictures of the vehicle that I had solicited questions on, and all
but one showed the car with a LHD except one shot of the interior. In this
one (older) picture, the car was a RHD. The owner strongly suggested that
it had always been LHD when in her father's possession. When given the
title number that was the engine number, I was left without the commission
number information that I needed - the inclusion of a "L" after the TS
number. Thus my question on whether we could tell about handedness from the
title / engine number.
Additionally, several list members recommended purchasing a certificate from
the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (BMIHT). I am curious whether
this is a good idea before you purchase a vehicle. Would it not be a good
idea for the BMIHT to offer a cheaper version of information that would
simply allow a purchaser to know whether the vehicle commission number
matches the engine / transmission / ... numbers? This might reduce some
confusion about whether a car is worthwhile or not.
Thanks again for all your help! I appreciate it.