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post #1 of 14 Old 03-21-2008, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Testarossa conversion LHD to RHD

Has anyone converted a LHD to RHD?
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Has anyone converted a LHD to RHD?
Why would you ? Plenty of RHD Testarossas around.
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Why would you ? Plenty of RHD Testarossas around.
That's what I was thinking. I would imagine it would be excrutiatingly expensive to convert one over. You'd never get back out of it what you put into it. In fact, it would probably be worth substantially less than a car that was built as RHD after you spent way more to convert it that you would have spent just buying the RHD version.

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That's what I was thinking. I would imagine it would be excrutiatingly expensive to convert one over. You'd never get back out of it what you put into it. In fact, it would probably be worth substantially less than a car that was built as RHD after you spent way more to convert it that you would have spent just buying the RHD version.
Agree, it would be difficult, expensive and the end result would be worth considerably less.
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Agree, it would be difficult, expensive and the end result would be worth considerably less.
+ a great opportunity to have unexpected problems

really, no advantage in doing that

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Thanks - question relates to Australian regulations that restrict the use of LHD cars on the road in a nuber of States. A number of LHD discounted cars are now comming up for sale.

Will keep looking for a good RHD based on your comments
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Hi Nkana

An LHD - RHD conversion is daunting but not impossible. I am currently converting my LHD 365 GT4 2+2 and am reasonably confident that it will work out. Of course, if you can find a RHD Testarossa go for it, trouble is with my car that only 109 RHD versions were ever made !
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You can import and drive a testa in Perth as the rule for LHD is 15 years old, but would you really want to? You will be unable to sell it to any other state untill it's 30 years old and it will never hold it's value. Go to the UK, bring one home and comply it for your state. Once it's registered in WA, it can be registered in any other state when it comes time to sell it.
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You can import and drive a testa in Perth as the rule for LHD is 15 years old, but would you really want to? You will be unable to sell it to any other state untill it's 30 years old and it will never hold it's value. Go to the UK, bring one home and comply it for your state. Once it's registered in WA, it can be registered in any other state when it comes time to sell it.
There are currently several RHD testarossa's for sale at UK independents starting at around 35K GBP:

Verdi
Nick Cartwright
Rardley
The Ferrari Centre

You may also find that people are selling privately too, might be a bit cheaper, could be worth looking on eBay or the Ferrari Owners Club sales pages on their website.

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Try Japan as well, its RHD and there are good numbers of low-mileage, very well maintained F-cars available there.
Check first that Auz doesn't have an import ban on second-hand cars from Japan as does my country, South Africa.
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99% of Japanese Ferrari's are LHD.

They have a real issue with them. If you drive a RHD Ferrari it's not a 'real'
one. All 'real' Ferrari's are LHD and imported directly from Italy.

Weird but true.
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99% of Japanese Ferrari's are LHD.

They have a real issue with them. If you drive a RHD Ferrari it's not a 'real'
one. All 'real' Ferrari's are LHD and imported directly from Italy.

Weird but true.
x2, what he said is very true, tons of LHD Mercedes floating around Japan too, and Porsches.
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Very weird indeed and there was me thinking that after my many trips to Japan that these very conservative, sensible and generally law-abiding people!
One thought though, what ever happens to those few 'unreal' performance cars' over there with the cockpit on the 'right' side? Do they get snapped up by UK car trade or do the unfortunate owners publically eviscerate them in disgrace?
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