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Offline coco

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Hello Peeps,

Firstly a very Happy New Year to everyone and to all of your families. Best Wishes and be safe on the roads!

Now theres something that I have been very curious about, and I am hoping that someone can help me in this department...

Importing a Lamborghini from the States.

Some points and questions so i don't babble.

1. The car in question is a Countach (lets just say 88/89)
2. Its Left Hand Drive (obviously)
3. things to look out for when importing?
4. What are the Import restrictions here in Australia for this particular car?
5. costs to import from the states/eurpoe to oz?
6. any taxes or customs fees there would need to be paid?
7. how long does it take to import? (depending on transportation mode of course)
8. how long would it take to clear customs?
9. does the car need to be altered mechanically or aesthetically? (motor? LHD to RHD?)
10. is it better to import from Europe or the U.S, or is it the same?
11. is there an agency here that specialises in taking care of all the above?

any information would be greatly appreciated.

http://www.classyauto.com/v/Lamborghini+Countach/24702
V-12 60 degree, light-alloy block, mid mounted, rear wheel drive, Dual overhead camshafts, four valves/cylinder, 5167 cc, 455 bhp at 7000 rpm, 501 Nm (369 lbs.ft.) at 5200 rpm, 293 Km/h, ON A SESAME SEED BUN!



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Personally I think that one is too good a car to subject to modifications by making it RHD and hacking into it to sort it out for ADRs, seeing as it won't be legal here for another decade or so.  I'm not saying get a junker, but unless it's a "car for life" I'd be looking at something that makes chopping it worthwhile.

For the rest of the stuff I can only go on what I've read of other experiences - and they're so varied in result that it's difficult to say anything either way!

For more information about importing I'd talk to these guys - http://austorient.com.au/ - they do a lot of the high end cars and motorsport stuff in and out of Oz.



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Personally I think that one is too good a car to subject to modifications by making it RHD and hacking into it to sort it out for ADRs, seeing as it won't be legal here for another decade or so.  I'm not saying get a junker, but unless it's a "car for life" I'd be looking at something that makes chopping it worthwhile.

For the rest of the stuff I can only go on what I've read of other experiences - and they're so varied in result that it's difficult to say anything either way!

For more information about importing I'd talk to these guys - http://austorient.com.au/ - they do a lot of the high end cars and motorsport stuff in and out of Oz.

i actually thought if a car was 20 years old or more, that it would not need to be changed?
where can i find info about this particular issue?

plus can't you get permits to actually drive it here in Oz?
V-12 60 degree, light-alloy block, mid mounted, rear wheel drive, Dual overhead camshafts, four valves/cylinder, 5167 cc, 455 bhp at 7000 rpm, 501 Nm (369 lbs.ft.) at 5200 rpm, 293 Km/h, ON A SESAME SEED BUN!



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If you can get it reg'd in WA it's only 15 years, rest of the country it's 30.  I don't have the full details on what will be necessary, but expect things like side-intrusion bars, high tail-lamp, some of the indicators might require changing, etc etc lots of minor things that can add up.

There *are* ways around some of this to just get it on the road, but those holes are a lot smaller than they used to be and being closed up all the time.

Read this post: http://aussieexotics.com/forum/ferrari/the-best-classic-ferrari-t586.0.html;msg6000#msg6000

The other thing is if you have an "iffy" car driving around, if you get into a smash - it might not even be your fault - you could be held liable for full damages beyond your own car's damages with no insurance or even 3rd party property.



Offline coco

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in other words, another $20k minimum to make it roadworthy here in OZ.

far out...no wonder there aren't many here...

thanks for the info dude. much appreciated!!!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
V-12 60 degree, light-alloy block, mid mounted, rear wheel drive, Dual overhead camshafts, four valves/cylinder, 5167 cc, 455 bhp at 7000 rpm, 501 Nm (369 lbs.ft.) at 5200 rpm, 293 Km/h, ON A SESAME SEED BUN!



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Don't go by my info alone - I've never done it.  But yeah you'd be silly if you budgeted anything LESS than $20k to undertake such a thing.



Offline coco

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the value of those cars are only going to go up in the next decade...
V-12 60 degree, light-alloy block, mid mounted, rear wheel drive, Dual overhead camshafts, four valves/cylinder, 5167 cc, 455 bhp at 7000 rpm, 501 Nm (369 lbs.ft.) at 5200 rpm, 293 Km/h, ON A SESAME SEED BUN!



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Yep, guy here in SA has "a list" of people ready to buy at whatever price for his QV if he ever gets bored of it.

http://aussieexotics.com/2007/03/25/lamborghini-club-run-countach



Offline coco

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i dont doubt it :)
investment on 4 wheels

btw, thats fully registered...
V-12 60 degree, light-alloy block, mid mounted, rear wheel drive, Dual overhead camshafts, four valves/cylinder, 5167 cc, 455 bhp at 7000 rpm, 501 Nm (369 lbs.ft.) at 5200 rpm, 293 Km/h, ON A SESAME SEED BUN!



Offline AshSimmonds

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Well, don't kid yourself about a car being an "investment".  It *may* appreciate in value, but if you actually use it the $ it gains in value will likely be offset by the money you spend on it.  With this car in particular I don't know what he paid for it or what he'd sell it for, and I also have no idea what he's spent on it in the mean time but I can tell you it's not an insignificant sum.

Basically, don't buy a car expecting to make money off it unless you want to do it professionally.  Drive it, enjoy it... if you get back more than you spent then great, if not, just hope the money spent was worth the smile/mile ratio.



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