I am planning to move to Portugal for a few years of semi-retirement, and am toying with bringing my toy along (low mileage 92 Spider). Does anyone have any experience with trans-Atlantic shipping? Good experiences or horror stories? Roll-on/Roll-off versus containerized?
My motivation is the romantic notion of tooling about Europe in my Alfa. Anyone care to bring me back down to Earth?
Bottom line: good idea or fool's errand?
On a related matter, any recommendations about maintenance work to get done before making the journey?
My first clue that this was the wrong place to go looking for rational advice:
"I own 30 classic cars in various states of disrepair, but I'm struggling over my next acquisition. My wife says she'll leave me if I buy another car. Here's my dilemma. Should I go with the red one or the blue one?"
At least I can now honestly say that I asked for advice and nobody said it was a bad idea. :-)
Location: Rapid City SD, Black Hills of South Dakota, Queens NY
There are a myriad of issues including how Portugal will tax your car coming into the country and how/if you can get it licensed and registered, plus the issue of insurance. Maybe some Portuguese members on the BB can help you with the location of mechanics and the availability of parts there.
I agree that it's a good concept. And I know nothing about international shipping. But here's another angle on the issue:
Are you sure that you can register a 1992, US-delivery car in Portugal? I don't know that you can't, but I do know that a 1992, Portuguese-delivery car would be a problem here in California. Yea, your Alfa probably has lower emissions than what they were selling in Portugal 25 years ago, but logic often has nothing to do with these regulations. Perhaps the Portuguese car dealers' lobby has blocked the importation of any car made in the last 30 years (I just made that example up, but it wouldn't surprise me).
It's worth verifying before your Alfa lands on the dock in Lisbon.
(Whoops - looks like Roadtrip and I were typing the same idea simultaneously!)