308 GTB/S to Australia?
Apologies if you have read this on another forum but I thought I'd cover all bases..........
As a 328 owner living in Oz, I thought I'd ask you guys a question..........
With the Aussie dollar strengthening and the exchange rate being well under 2:1 to the English pound, I can't help but surf websites such as Pistonheads and get quite excited at the prospects of getting a second car and importing a 308 GTB/S into Australia from the UK.
To put things into perspective, Ferraris are VERY expensive here. Compared to the USA it's a joke but I'm not interested in importing a LHD vehicle. Australian customs slug you 10% GST if the car is 30 years or older. Cars nder 30 years incur an additional 10% import duty. I've done my homework and realistically, cars in the UK are 25%-40% cheaper than here.
Now, here's the tricky bit............ I've seen what appears to be acceptable 308's (1977-1979 models) for around 19,000 - 21,000 pounds. These cars would owe me with all taxes, GST, freight and admin charges around $45,000.00 - $50,000.00 landed into my garage. Even allowing $5,000 for basic mechanicals, it would still be $20,000 cheaper than an equivalent locally delivered car.
My big question revolves around RUST. I hear horror stories about rust so the last thing I want to do is go down this path and end up with a rust bucket. I'm not a penny pincher so I thought I'd stick with "reputable" dealerships such as those on Piston heads. I'd be very skeptical buying privately off Ebay.
Am I dreaming or is there a fair chance that a dealer would wholesale a sub-standard car (or not acquire it in the first place)? Or are all dealers tarred with the same brush and sell anything they can get their hands on?
I’d be grateful for some feedback, firstly on what sort of 70's 308 I could get for around 20,000 pounds and whether the dealers mentioned would be trustworthy enough to deal with. If I could tick all the boxes, I would naturally need some help in obtaining a recommended person to perform a thorough pre-purchase inspection.
Thanks for your time guys and look forward to hearing some responses.
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