I understand that there are legit reasons for these features. Timeless has listed them. However, I'd have to agree that they are red flags on e-bay and that my first thought when I saw the auction was suspicion. The fact that timeless would post on this board or invite any interested parties to view the car explain, its history, etc, could overcome many concerns.
-3 day listing
>Scammers do this in order to prompt people to make hasty decisions. No time to view, no time to reply- bid now or it will be gone.
-bidder's ID hidden
>Scammers do this so they can bid up their own auctions with fraudulent accounts.
>There are usually plenty of domestic buyers. Most ebayers won't export a car simply because of the hassle. Scammers are equal opportuntiy criminals. They don't want to exclude any possible victims.
-large non-refundable deposit. In this case 25%!
>I can't see the auction any more and didn't mark it to be watched. 25% is a little on the high side compared to most auctions that I see. I wouldn't necessarily say this is scam alert, but it would be a deterrent for me. IMO, it's more often the tactic of a frustrated or even an unscrupulous seller. If the car was not as represented you're out a bunch of $ to retrieve.
-Lack of knowlege about the car example, 12 cyl.
>Typo? Would have to be honest mistake and sounds like such in your case. I don't think you can accidentally type 12 when you meant to type 8. -And the posts here are fair in saying this is the most blatent tip to a scam.
I'm not saying that any of the above applies to timeless. Merely answering his question. In most cases, an email requesting a viewing will sniff out a scam. Timeless' complaint about not being contacted before these posts seems fair. However, the assertion that the structure of the auction should not raise suspicion is probably less reasonable.
-My 2 cents