Re: Chevelle (Right-Hand Drive)
Interesting comments. I visited the US three times looking for the car I wanted. It was not easy but I was fussy. The last time I went I was determined to make a decision and really looked hard. Believe me, when you have limited time its not easy. The car you want to look at might be on the other side of the country for a start.
I never saw a show level SS clone for around 30 grand?? Yes around 40 and a bit more sometimes. If you live in the US and have some contacts and importantly the time to look then maybe less. (thats just my opinion). Keep in mind Im talking about a show level clone that has been properly done with all the gear including dash, suspension properly badged and maybe other options like cowl induction etc.. I saw a lot of very ordinary clones that people wanted top dollar for.eg sweep speedo
I ended up at Barratt Jackson because I knew that I had a good chance to find the car I wanted. The lots are advertised before the auction so you can see whats coming. I paid $46 000 total. The competition and bidding on this car was strong so I wasn't the only one who liked it. Also Im thinking this car will be worth a whole lot more than that in Australia.
I went into the auction with my eyes open knowing I would pay a premium. I think everyone knows this about auctions especially BJ! Keep a few things in mind though. Firstly strong Aussie dollar on the exchange (so I paid less that that). A squillion awesome cars to choose from, actually overwhelming when you see 2500 pristine cars being auctioned where you can basically take your pick all in the one place (budget allowing of course). Its a car enthusiast dream. You also pay a 10% buyers premium which adds to the cost. (Incidently, the seller pays 8% I think so the real winner is BJ!) I thought my car was worth low 40"s so I was happy to wear the extra to get what I wanted. Lastly, as an Australian, money can't buy the experience of being at Barratt Jackson and buying a car there. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!. My ticker never went below 150bpm nearly had a heart attack. Something Ill never forget and whats that worth? Only in the US as they say.
Its worth keeping in mind as well that I have not yet totally established whether the car I bought is a clone or not. I do not have any documentation so I can't prove anything one way or another. I had an American friend with me to check it out and he couldn't tell. The point is that the car has been restored to a high standard and a lot of money, time and a bit of love has been put into it. If it is a clone it has been done to a high standard so Im happy with that. If the car was a genuine SS396 with matching number and documentation then it would be worth more than 46 grand anyway.
There are many pitfalls to be wary of so be careful. Anything can be forged including reproduction documents and engine numbers. Even experts get caught out as many on this forum will agree with. The bottom line is just look at whats in front of you and make a judgement. Buy something that doesn't need anything done to it because the cost of importing parts to oz will hurt. You might be better buying a pristine clone than a genuine that needs work!!(even better fill your boot with spare parts before you import like I did)
You will get a car cheaper in the US no doubt, but for reasons just explained you won't save as much as you think. Go and have a holiday and the money you save buying a car pays for the holiday.
You may have to bite the bullet and pay a bit more when you find what you want. Also why convert? In my opinion you are driving an American car..leave it as is. You don't have to change it.
Happy to answer any other questions you have.. I have all the info on importing and associated rules. What part of oz do you live?