The most common reason to import a car from abroad is because you simply can’t find it locally. If you live in Milwaukee and want to drive a Peugeot 305 on a regular basis it has to come by boat, there are really no two ways around it. Similarly, good luck finding a 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the Marseille area.
However, in recent years many higher-end European cars have been shipped from the United States back to the Old Continent. This trend isn’t as odd as it might initially seem. Take the Mercedes-Benz r107 SL, for example. In Europe, many 107s were sold with a straight-six engine so V8-powered examples often command a high premium. V8s were more common in the United States by a long shot, and if you look hard enough it’s possible to find a clean 420SL or 560SL for significantly less than what a similarly-equipped example would cost in Europe.
What classic car(s) would you like to import from abroad, and why? Geographically speaking our readership is very diverse so we’re looking forward to reading your responses. Personally, we’d go with a late-model (so early 2000s) Volksagen Beetle built in Mexico. A limited-edition Última Edición finished in white would be nice, but we’re not picky.
We were inspired to write this article when reader Scott M. sent us pictures of his newly-acquired 1989 Ford Sierra Ghia 4×4 2.9i V6 station wagon. It’s a rare special edition model that came standard with alloy wheels, air conditioning, ABS brakes and a RS body kit.
Although 4×4 Sierra wagons were only sold in the United Kingdom, Scott’s example was privately imported to New Zealand a number of years ago. Website Howmanyleft.co.uk finds there are only 231 Sierra 4×4 wagons left in the UK, and Scott believes only three have ever made their way to New Zealand.
Pictures by Scott M.