Crazy stuff, by the time its converted and get it here, I would sell mine for the same amount (89 with original right hand drive, and no funny seat belts)
It would give me a reason to find another one or maybe something later...
Andy, how did you manage to import an '89 car from the UK, was it a personal import? I was under the impression that you are Australian and not a UK migrant, apologies if I misunderstood!
As an FYI for non-Australian Ferrari owners and potential owners -the following may show how protected the Australian Car Industry is by legislating any threat to potential lost sales of local built cars or mass imported cars; by the importation of overseas vehicles. :-
Under the DOTARS guidelines, the unrestricted importation of cars to Australia cuts off at build date prior to Dec 31st 1988. After that date it requires a personal import permit showing proof of ownership for 12 months prior to importation and proof of being driven in the country by the owner while domiciled there. The only other method of importing a post 12/31/88 build car is via diplomatic status exemption.
The upshot of the above gives very restricted choice of cars to import personally unless it is done through a holder of a RAWS license who can import a quota each year of a specific model of a vehicle not built or optioned new in Australia; as an example: Ferrari 360 Modena has been brought in by the RAWS importers and has become so numerous it has made the value of the model drop significantly.
I personally explored the possibilities of the importing Japanese auction vehicles after I returned from a NZ holiday in the mid 90's. The car scene in NZ had been totally revolutionised by the unrestricted importation of used japanese cars to improve the availability of affordable, reliable and safe cars for NZ roads.Perhaps some NZ members can give a more thorough and accurate history of the imported car scene over there.
The RAWS program was in its early stages of planning then, yet had little of the altruistic vision of the NZ Govt. In Australia it was all about legislation and revenue. with the argument being Australian Design Rules (ADR's) being the best and most stringent in the world! For the sum of $60,000 upfront, one could reserve an option to be a RAWS licensee...kinda like a Govt. franchisee license. It was not for me as I had recently bought a home for my young family.