Good to know - things must have changed. I had a quick read, that would suggest that no classic cars are getting in at all. Zero. Is that the case? I’m surprised the media hasn’t pounced (perhaps they did and I didn’t notice). I guess that just made our cars that much more valuableCraig,
I have imported 100's of cars and was a certified ADR Engineer... I started importing cars from UK in1982 and I was importing cars back in 1989 when they introduced the new legislation so I know exactly what is needed. The import approval and shipping is trivial paperwork. (and BTW- you would never ship a car RORO)
It's all about asbestos now. They won't let anything in that they even think MIGHT contain asbestos. These 105's could contain asbestos in the exhaust heat shields, exhaust gaskets, and even the head gasket. Let alone clutch and brake pads!!
Go and revisit the customs site for the latest. It has cost people 10,000's $$ in inspection fees, holding fees, mechanics fees only to get told that they will never see their car again.... Most recently, I know of someone that shipped a 105 coupe from Australia to England for a Vintage Rally and the Nanny State wouldn't let it back into Australia!!!
Total bargain.. especially with a NOS long block
Perhaps not such a bargain. The buyer says:
..... not sure it's a $190K car..... you have to look at the global price average (price of cars sold- not advertised price), and you can buy as good or better across Europe for a lot less.Here is a nice Red one that just popped up for sale down in Oz.
Some modifications made, nothing that can't be undone!
That's a big price tag ..... (no connections to this sale)...
Its a familiar car forum topic, "is my xxxx going up in value"? I'm a latecomer in Monty ownership (in UK), and bought my totally rebuilt and upgraded (by Alfaholics) 74 car just 4 months ago. Everybody said, oh theyve got really expensive now, youve missed the boat etc.....Anyway if you want a really good car, and not a quick route to bankruptcy, its always best to pay top $, thats my motto, so I did. Youre talking well over $100k.Don't get me wrong please, and I know that my next comment will probably start up a small fire storm!
The price of Alfa Romeo Montreal's is going to rise. I will not be surprised to see cars being offered for somewhere in the mid 200's soon.
Just think, from the amount of time and money being put into a number of cars undergoing restoration that we have seen on this forum, who will accept a big loss after completing a perfect car?