Owens Murphy Blocks Sale of 'Supercharged' Land Rover

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, May. 6, 2013 12:00 am  

A Tulsa man who wanted to drop six figures for an exclusive car from the Owens Murphy dealership in Little Rock had the keys taken away from him.

Stephen A. Henshaw, through his National Bus Sales Inc., suffered another blow when he sued to block the sale of the vehicle only to have U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson deny the request for a temporary restraining order last week.

We understand that the vehicle has been sold to someone else.

At the center of the case is a 2013 “Supercharged” four-door, all-wheel drive Land Rover Range Rover. In the U.S., only 500 are being produced.

After signing the paperwork for the vehicle last month, Henshaw wired $134,445 to the dealership, officially known as Little Rock Jaguar Land Rover LLC, for the pink slip, according to his affidavit filed in the case.

He apparently made a mistake of mentioning that he was going to resell the vehicle, and he wanted to order another one for himself. If fact, Henshaw had already lined up a buyer who was willing to shell out about $160,000 for it.

But just hours before Henshaw was going to get the Range Rover, an official from the dealership called and told him the deal was off, Henshaw said. Henshaw’s suit says the dealership didn’t want Henshaw to sell the Land Rover to another dealership.

He said he called other dealers and was told another one wouldn’t be in stock for seven to eight months.

“The exclusivity factor for my receiving this unique vehicle cannot be replaced,” he said.

Henshaw is seeking an unspecified amount of damages for breach of contract. Little Rock Jaguar Land Rover hasn’t filed its answer yet.



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