New Member from the UK

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Limey, Jun 5, 2015.

  1. Limey

    Limey New Member

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    Hi All :wave:

    I am in the UK and I have just bought a 1996 Laser Red SVT Cobra. It was imported from Japan this year and has full service history carried out by a Ford main dealer in Japan. It has covered just 28,000 miles and its condition can only be described as 'as new'.

    Regards
    Bruce
     
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    A&F New Member

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    Nice. What did it set you back? Is it easier to get one from Japan than the U.S.?

    Was it converted to RHD? I know a shop in Australia was doing that for years since LHD vehicles are highly regulated.
     
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    GT Rob Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the sn family any pics of the car
     
  4. Orange 94

    Orange 94 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    Welcome to the forum!

    I don't believe any rhd cars made it to Japan, to my knowledge it's just a handful of Australia ones that were converted.

    Is your car a complete "export" one? Would love to see pictures.
     
  5. Limey

    Limey New Member

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    Hi Guys

    Thanks for the welcome. I will try one pic first to see if it works!
    http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u456/Lotus843G/ford-mustang-S1775639-1_zpspiczhlow.jpg

    I did not import the car myself but bought it from a man who did. It is LHD and has 1994 tail lamps so that it conforms to European lighting regs. It also has a Kilometre speedo which is a bit of a pain as we are in MPH the same as you guys.
    I did have a RHD 1996 Taurus SHO that came from Japan. I paid £9,000 which translates to about $13,500. it is difficult to judge if I paid too much or have got a bargain as I have nothing to compare it with over here. But a tow owner car with history that has only covered 28,000 miles is worth it to me. The only thing that I will have to change is the Carbon Fibre look-a-like stickers on the glove box, ash tray and arm rest. It peels off OK but leaves the adhesive behind!
     
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    Burninriverdiver Well-Known Member

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    That's a sweet looking cobra! I think you paid a fair price given the shipping and mileage/condition of the car. There's cobras in my area going for around $9,000 but have 100k miles on them
     
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    HuskerGT Well-Known Member

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    Very nice Cobra, welcome to the forum, Limey. Keep the pics coming, brother.
     
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    Limey New Member

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    I will post some more pics when I have made some improvements such as removing the stickers from the interior next week
     
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    Limey New Member

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    Shipping and insurance from the seller to the port and from the USA to the UK then from the port to my home would cost about £2,000 then I would pay 10% duty and then 20% VAT which means it would cost me about £14,000 if I imported one from the USA
     
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    Burninriverdiver Well-Known Member

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    Id say you got a deal then! Plus the ones going for $9000 around here are still much higher mileage than the one you purchased. Anything under 50000 miles seems to be much more expensive
     
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    You differently did good.

    We can import +25 year old cars from Japan (and elsewhere) but by the time you pay broker fees, taxes, shipping it's always a $5-7k adder to the selling price.
     
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    ElrodKTPQ_89 Legend

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    Welcome to the site!
     
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    1998cobrasvt Well-Known Member

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    Welcome! Definitely a great price!
     
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    mcglsr2 Well-Known Member SN95 Supporter

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    Welcome to the site!
     
  15. Limey

    Limey New Member

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    Thanks guys for your reassurances. I am not going to sell the car so it is not really a concern as I would only lose money if I bought it for resale. I have had many Mustangs of various models since 1970 and my grandson has his eye on this one!