In my opinion, if you have the capital to grab it, then i’d have your buddy go inspect it and buy it if it is indeed what the seller states it is. Since he has the ability to store it for you, you can either (a) sell what you need to make room/off-set purchase price, or (b) flip it down the road if you can’t make things work on your end.I am already pre-emptively kicking myself. It's a steal and my buddy lives out there close enough to give it an inspection and store it until I can get it home, but I'd have to sell another car or 2 to make it an easier convincing to the other half. I'm extremely tempted to say "screw it" but that's how I get myself in trouble every single time.
I don’t see any reason you won’t get back what you paid for it. With the shat that just went down at Barrett-Jackson last week, it’s guaranteed to increase in value.