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Can you prove that John spent the money building a place to house THIS PARTICULAR CAR?
When the storage place was built, did Ted benefit from it? That is, did Ted store his car there until he sold it?
Did Ted offer the car to John before selling it to someone else?
Since Ted did not benefit I think all you have is a promise, but not a contract. It would be a stronger case if a price had been agreed to and a date of sale.
In promissory estoppel, you have to reasonably rely on a promise and change your position to your detriment. I think if all you have to go on is what you've told me thus far, a court would say it wasn't reasonable to rely on Ted's mere statement (or promise).
It's also arguable that you weren't harmed because you are free to buy another, different vehicle (it's not a very good argument).
Can I be of any further help?
If Harry (John?) spent all his savings building the area for the car, how could he have then afforded to buy the car?
Frankly, I really don't think you'd win, but you could try Small Claims Court.
I'm sorry - I wish I had a better answer for you. Next time you rely on something someone promises you, turn it into a contract, even if the contract just says something like "in exchange for $1.00 and other valuable consideration..."
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