Japanese imported European cars in Europe- What's the story?

Discussion in 'Europe' started by sixcarbs, Dec 6, 2017 at 6:41 AM.

  1. sixcarbs

    sixcarbs F1 Rookie
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    I see a good number of ads for used Mercedes, Rolls-Royces, and even Ferraris in Europe that have been imported from Japan. They tend to be slightly better priced than similar mileage cars. What's the story with these cars? Are they to be avoided? It seems like some dealers have made a business of importing them.


  2. Simon

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    Not something that has struck me. People imported the models not available in Europe, FTO, early Skyline etc. but can't say I've seen "a good number" of Japanese imports for sale otherwise.
  3. Mike Law

    Mike Law Formula 3
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    Yes, quite a few CS’s have been imported to Europe lately, especially to the UK (I only keep track of the Stradales, no other models).

    You can also see this when you go to this page on my website (scroll to the LHD JAPAN cars), you can see the flags/country where the cars are right now:

    38 JP spec cars in the db, 14 of them are now in Europe.

    The cars in Japan are cheaper, but it’s harder to get the full history + some cars dont have paperwork + Japanese people like to mod their cars.
  4. Canuck550

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    I have imported a Japanese 550 into Canada, a lot of work, however, the paperwork and history was present, to keep a car on the road in Japan is quite costly to renew your licence, they are typically well maintained as this is the only way to keep them road worthy
  5. Pav

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    The keyword - AUCTIONS. Most cars are bought from Japanese auction sites, sometimes the mileage or the history cannot be verified. On top of this, it was easy to strike a good deal when there were many cars of a given model for sale, now he prices tend to go up on the Japanese auctions, and interesting cars become more rare.

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