I'm in NYC but I could point you to a few mechanics who are reputable and service the tri-state area who would probably be happy to do a PPI (pre-purchase inspection) on one or both cars. You would have to pay for the PPI of course, and probably transporting to and fro, but it would be a much better use of your time and money than paying one of us to take a look (none of us local guys being full-time mechanics working out of fully set up shops with lifts, to my knowledge). This forum is better suited to help you with quirks that pop up AFTER you get the car back to good running condition...the little "old Italian car" stuff. You are getting a bit of suspicion from some of our folks here because you're new (some weirdo's on the internet like to come here and waste regular users time. God know why.) and because the notion of only seeing vague photos of the cars makes many rightfully nervous, and maybe some are more naturally suspicious. Don't take it personally. But if you know the family I'm sure the cars are real. However, if they've been off the road and unserviced for a long time, even before you arrange a PPI you should resolve yourself to the likely reality that these are going to be "project cars". That means that unless you're a mechanic who will do all your own work, you will likely spend as much or more bringing the cars back up to safe, reliable, usable condition as you do to buy them. In more direct terms, if you pay $10k for the car expect to pay another $10k-25k on top of that to have it made right again after sitting for so long. Worse case scenario (assuming PPI finds nothing catastrophic) you come out spending around market rate. Best case scenario you get away with spending about $20k total (which would be a great deal). And the upside of restoring your own car vs buying one at market rate that is already running in good shape is that you know exactly what has been fixed and when, so if things come up you either know what potential causes to discount, or they may be under a warranty from the shop that does your work. My 2 cents. Let us know if you want PPI recommendations and best of luck on Sunday!