Former Liverpool Football Club owner David Moores admits he “hugely regrets” selling his 1986 Ford Capri to a bloke in a pub and today called on him to sell up.
Moores asserted that Mr Ian Pearson – who bought the car from Moores for £940 after meeting up with him in The Old George, Toxteth – ‘risked damaging the rear suspension and if he has a conscience or nobility he will stand aside and allow another bloke from down the pub to take over.”
American born Mr Pearson bought the Ford Capri Mk3 Laser ‘sold as seen’ in cash after spotting Moores’ ad in Auto Trader.
But Moores has rejected claims that the due diligence process was not properly carried out after it became apparent Mr Pearson, then 17, was ‘tear-arsing around the estate doing donuts and handbrake turns’ after the deal was done.
In an open letter to The News Grind, Moores said: ‘I had looked at Mr Pearson’s affairs in detail and he came up to scratch. I asked the pub landlord if he was a kosher guy and he said “suppose so.” To a great extent, I took him on the barman’s trust, on his say-so.’
Of the cash offer, Moores contended it ‘was laid out in unambiguous terms… the wad of cash pledged there would be no debt placed upon me, and significant funds would be made available for me to invest in a new ‘whistle and flute’ and maybe a few bob on the 3.30pm at Kempton.’
Moores accepts that ‘honest mistakes’ were made despite him acting ‘in the best interests of himself’.
He added: ‘I call upon Mr Pearson to stand back, accept his role in the car’s current state of disrepair and stand aside with dignity.’
Liverpool have just suffered one of their worst seasons in many years, with a seventh placed finish in the Premier League, along an early exit in the Champions League and FA Cup.
To find out the Ford Capri Moores flogged to a bloke down the pub is now a battered wreck with a dodgy clutch is, despite having absolutely no effect on him financially, another bitter personal blow for the multi-millionaire used-football club salesman.