I understand what you are saying & I wouldn't normally buy a LHD car to use in the UK, but it's a question of "if you collect it, you can have it", which is obviously very kind & generous & of course I know the history of the car & that it has been serviced and cared for beyond the recommended, so as long as it is viable to collect it and use it in the UK, it seems to make sense. Thankyou all again for taking the trouble to answer my questions and provide additional info. Please, if anyone thinks of anything else it would be a great help.
Which reminds me, does anyone know if they have to sign anything, paperwork etc? Does the foreign registration document need to be in my name or will it be enough to have a letter supporting change of ownership?