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Old 09-30-2001, 08:47   #1 (permalink)
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Aussie classics going overseas

OMG!!! I've just been checking the sites that advertise XA - XB GT's to be converted to Mad Max replicas in the US. I nearly cried. How the hell could we let this happen??? Don't they know these cars are sacred?
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OMG!!! I've just been checking the sites that advertise XA - XB GT's to be converted to Mad Max replicas in the US. I nearly cried. How the hell could we let this happen??? Don't they know these cars are sacred?
At a guess I would say not:(
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These guys have been around for a few years, and their web site keeps getting more professional as time goes on.

They are based out of Texas and are taking advantage of laws that say that a car older than 25 years does not have to be converted to LHD. The same laws apparently exist in Victoria now.

I was considering my future options in the US. If had stayed for a few more years, I was contemplating getting one to proudly display my Aussie heritage.

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But it makes you wonder. Would a 1975 Falcon GT Coupe be worth $30,000 AUD? Because that's the equivalent of how much they're selling for in the US. If you own'ed one, you'd be crazy not to sell one in the US if it doubled your money.


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But it makes you wonder. Would a 1975 Falcon GT Coupe be worth $30,000 AUD? Because that's the equivalent of how much they're selling for in the US. If you own'ed one, you'd be crazy not to sell one in the US if it doubled your money.
I guess it's similar to Aussies paying $30,000 for a Mustang, by the time you take into account, shipping, import duties, other taxes, quarantine fees and exchange rate it's probably not as much of a goldmine as you would think.
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Yes the American's a just starting to do what we've been doing for years. There are many Americans who are excited to see their muscle cars spread throughout the world, and then still quite a few that get angry that their classics are leaving their shores, and more often than not being completely butchered by swapping the steering to RHD...

The one thing that does amaze them is the prices we pay down here but when you factor in currency conversion, shipping, draconian import duties and taxes it really does add up.

That's why their asking so much for the Aussie stuff over there. Not because it really is worth that much, but to cover all the costs of getting them over there. The Americans are very lazy and reluctant to import cars from overseas themselves...
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This is all fine but still very painfull when you consider the very limited number of these cars built as compared to the number of American muscle cars built.
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