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  1. #11
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    I used a company called Garage Sinister when I was trying to import an AE86 Corolla. I got so so very close to getting the car I wanted but it wasn't to be. Still a positive and useful experience though. The company I chose (and several like it) will scour the Japanese car auctions for you to find a car that meets your description and will arrange bidding up to your agreed limit. If you see a car in a classified ad in Japan they can often buy cars that way for you too, and for an extra fee they will actively go and look for you, alongside keeping an eye on the auctions. The best bit was that they have an agent in Japan who will properly inspect the car to make sure it meets the description so you know exactly what your getting. They take a billion photos of everything and produce a very detailed condition report. I was all set to bid on a car but it turned out to be a complete rust bucket, and then the exchange rate took a swing and it was then clearly not worth it any more. For the specific car I was looking for it worked out cheaper to get one from Ireland where AE86 are quite popular, compared to Japan. I don't think things have improved on the exchange rate front since I did it (back end of last year) so if your on a budget the you could be brave and do the bidding yourself through someone like JDMAuctionwatch. The company I used take a cut that would have equalled about 600 quid on a 12k car but that did include shipping, then I think there was roughly another 200 quid or so on top of that when it gets to the UK for them to handle all the registration, MOT and any mods (e.g fit a fog light) required for UK roads. The car would then magically appear on your driveway. They could easily have just taken my money and I would have had a car with hidden issues to sort out when it got here but they were brilliant and honest, up front about everything involved. Even though I didn't end up getting a car it was still a good experience.

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    Dave A

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    Friends of mine useful to buy hundreds of Jap imports a few years ago. The exchange rate changed and it wasn't worth doing. Cars in Japan have to meet a very strict MOT and it's often not worth doing on even fairly new cars so they are classed as scrap. The UK /Australia etc get them, right hand drive. Unless you want something unusual. Good luck.


    Andy

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    I think in importing a MGB RV8 back in to the country
    are getting very hard to find now and hold there prices well and the only place you may get one for reasonable money is in japan where around 1500 of the 1900 made ended up
    many have now been brought back to the uk

    and as for the cobra I think it's now in it's 30th anniversary year of the build ?
    not touched it for over 3 years now


    may be one day

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    MGB V8, sounds nice. Good hunting.


    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by hifihedgehog View Post
    Ireland where AE86 are quite popular
    Because do-rift-o!

    I remember a few years ago being very surprised to find an immaculate Wolesley Hornet parked near Tokyo Tower and an Austin Allegro, of all things, being polished to within an inch of its life in a nearby garage.. actually the latter might have been a Princess, my memory is fuzzy.

    .. having checked my pictures (ah, memories .. some of an ex girlfriend but never mind ) and it was an immaculate BL-beige Austin Princess!
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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronjb View Post
    Because do-rift-o!
    ドーリフトが人気がありますね! "D rifting, it is popular, no?" I know a Japanese bloke through work who loves to do things differently and uses an AE86 and lately a 200SX for rallying, mainly gravel and general offroad trials, they like to make sprint courses in abandoned mines and such like. He says he is definitely the only 200SX at these events and has a nice non-turbo S15, NA makes it a bit easier to control on the loose surface

    デーヴィッド (Dave)

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    I like his style! The AE86 is probably a weapon on rally stages - much like rallying in the Mk1 Escort days.. I'd have thought the S15 would be a little bit long in the wheelbase but evidently not - lovely looking cars, too. Once upon a time I'd have had an S14a or S15 in a heartbeat but the former are now mostly rusty heaps (or drifted to death!) and the price of the latter took off at some point..

    Hm, that said, now that I look.. a freshly imported S15 Spec R is under £11k - bargain!
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    I used to prepare a couple of AE86's for rallying back in the day.
    They were the closest thing to a MK1 / 2 Escort handling wise I've ever driven.
    Awesome bits of kit.
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  9. #19
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    Red face

    Well I GOT ONE !!
    not with out it,s problems need an engine re build due to slipped liners and some interior work to the wooden dash cracked lacquer and seats to be seat repostered .
    if any one knows who can repostered the seats back to the orginal leather or can re lacquer the wood dash and door capping please let me know
    the body work and underneath is super for it,s age
    hope to have on the road for spring next year ?
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    Go see uk hide to source the leather. Beyond encyclopaedic knowledge of what hide in what colour or finish went into what cars...They will refer you to a trimmer too.

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