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[DML] Re: Looking and Thinking about buying a DeLorean and bringing it to Australia

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Scott Curnow <scott_curnow@xxxx> 
If any body has some ideas for me about the sort of car i should be 
looking for, prices and shipping please reply to this message. Im taking 
my time in trying to find just the right car for me. Thank you to 
everybody on this board i always enjoy reading your posts learning as 
much about the car as i can.
>  From Scott

I found this in one of the dmcnews archives.  granted the message is 
ancient, but I doubt the vehicle codes or tax rates have changed that 
much down there...  

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From: Greg DELIOS  Date: Wed, 08 Jan 1997 08:53:51 +1030
Subject: Greetings All -Reply

Hi Nick,
I'm in Melbourne (a little further north for those in the northern 
and have also been considering purchase of a Dolerean. I have 
considered both the 
conversion method as well as purchase of a right hand drive from the 

By my reckoning, heres the balance: purchase of a LHD car $9k - $20k 
AUS, cartage 
$2k AUS inc insurance, export licence inc export agent- unknown cost, 
import duty 
and sales tax $7k - $14k (import duty + sales tax = ~75% of purchase 
price for a 
car < 30 yrs old). RHD conversion - I don't know if anyone in AUS could 
do it, 
perhaps Boeing / ASTA in Melbourne (they have experience with 
stainless steel and 
composites etc). Could be quite pricey, i'd expect anything up to $10k 
AUS. I am 
unsure if RHD conversion is available in the US (other readers may be 
able to help). 
I do understand the conversion can be done in the UK. This requires 
shipping to the 
UK adding another $2k AUS to the cost. This would also increase the 
duty payable, 
as the import duty / sales tax is payable on the purchase price and 
Then there is the cost of ADR (Australian Design Rules) compliance 
check and 
possible mod. I am unsure how this works particularily if the RHD 
conversion is 
done offshore.

Thus the total would be in the order of $60k AUS. + ADR compliance 
costs (phew).

As I indicated, I have thought about purchasing a car in the UK. There 
are only 24 
RHD factory cars in existence. 36 were manufactured with 12 being used 
in qual 
testing. I think most of these cars were full factory cars ie the rolling 
was not sent off elsewhere for finishing . 

Prices for these I have seen range from $60k to $100k AUS. Import duty 
of 75% again 
plus shipping costs a total of $105k to $175k AUS. At least there are no 
problems as there are no mods, plus there are only a limited number of 
true RHD

I know the prices are not good either way, when you see some of the 
prices in the 
messages posted here! Perhaps there are RHD cars in Japan which may 
be cheaper?

I don't know about Tassie, but here in Victoria you cannot have a LHD 
registered (ie You can't leave the car LHD). 

I hope I haven't scared you off.But it has put my purchase off a few 
years though.

All the best, and if you find an easier (read cheaper) method of getting a
car th Australia then let me know.


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