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Open mic: What classic car would you import from abroad?

ford-sierra-4x4-v6-wagon-1The 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.

18 thoughts on “Open mic: What classic car would you import from abroad?

  1. i to would import 1 or more of the last beetles made. but there is no way i know to legally own/drive them until they are 25 years old!

  2. I think it would be neat to import a 1982 Ford Taunus sedan to the U.S. It seems pretty easy to work on and I’ve always been intrigued by the clean, uncluttered styling of the car since I first saw it as a kid during a family vacation in Spain.

  3. If I had the funds, I would import an two-door Volkswagen Brasilia from Brazil. And then I would give the car a very classic tuning (just like people did with the VW Beetles), mainly putting in a flat-six engine and brakes from the early Porsches.

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  5. The answer is too easy- Citroen GS1220 wagon. Maybe a service vitree. I adore the GS and have always wanted a wagon. Convertisseur would be the cherry on top.

  6. The answer is too easy- Citroen GS1220 wagon. Maybe a service vitree. I adore the GS and have always wanted a wagon. Convertisseur would be the cherry on top.

    Ronan, if you see 2 posts from me, it’s because naturally enough I signed in using a mistyped address.

  7. I would import a Citroën DS or SM from Dutch-Land, over there they are millions and elsewhere there are simply not enough…
    And I live in Spain, so not that far, my wish isn’t that unachievable. 😉

  8. A no-brainer for me: a Ford Eiffel roadster would be my pet import. On another note: I had a friend from Switzerland who worked over here for a couple of years. When he went home he took his ’77 GMC pickup home with him. That was his choice of vehicle.

  9. I have a love affair with Aussies cars, so any Falcon, Kingswood, Monaro, Commodore, Torana, Valiant, Charger, P76 would be great. They will do awsome sleepers here in France, but old ones cost a hell lot of money today!.

    South Africa had also a bunch of specifics car with high desirablity : 333i, opel Kadett superboss, Sierra XR8, GTV 3.0… Thats not a sort of cars you see every days enven in their homeland.

    America had a thousands of great cars even in the smog era, i could not do a list!

    And japan allways had obscure sports cars and hot hatchs hidden behind a tons of different nameplates and car dealerships systems, it’s even harder than in america.

    Has you can see here is now way i could choose only one.

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