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1990 HONDA NSX front right 25 year rule

VEILSIDE Honda NSX ~ Bring on the 25 Year Rule !

This stunning 1990 Honda NSX NA1 coupe with VEILSIDE bodykit and deep dish chrome alloy wheels was sold at HAA Kobe on 30 July 2016 and is the sort of vehicle that would become eligible for import in 2018 if the Aust Govt. implements a new 25 Year Import Rule as planned. This NSX sold at auction for the equivalent of about $57,500 landed in Australia. View more pictures and auction sheet for ...

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August 1, 2016 / Australian Compliance, Classic cars, General News
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New Supra rumours continue to excite interest

The media is talking up the likelihood of a new Supra with suggestions it may receive an all-new Lexus twin turbo V6 with 294kW / 407Nm possibly coupled to a hybrid AWD system. That would generate some very serious performance stats. Of course, no one knows what a new Supra would look like yet since it would still be in the design phase, but if it does go ahead and looks anything as good as the To...

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August 1, 2016 / General News
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1990 R32 Nissan Skyline GTR NISMO ~ 1 of 500

Due to the recent rise in Skyline GT-R prices and the demand for collector cars generally, we have started to focus more on selected dealers that specialise in GT-R’s and classic cars, like this 1990 Nissan Skyline GTR NISMO Edition with only 27,000 kms which was recently available at the Best-R specialist GT-R dealership in Japan. Only 500 of these were made for sale to the general public...

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July 29, 2016 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
2002 NISSAN SKYLINE GTR VSpec2 NUR with sold price

2002 R34 GTR VSpec2 NUR SOLD for $200K

This Limited Edition 2002 Nissan Skyline R34 GTR VSpec2 NUR COLLECTOR CAR with only 21,607 kms was inspected for a client today and sold for the equivalent of about $200,000 complied in Australia (plus tyres and on road costs). View auction inspection pictures and auction sheet for this 2002 Nissan Skyline R34 GTR VSpec2 NUR here. Read R34 GTR Import Prices ~ Where are they heading ? for mor...

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July 28, 2016 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
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EVO 8 MR ~ Next COLLECTIBLE EVO

With more and more interest turning towards collector cars, many are now asking the obvious question – what should they buy now BEFORE it jumps in value ? When it comes to the 2004 EVO 8 MR, it’s fairly obvious this will be one model to watch closely. EVO 8 MR prices have already been rising for the last couple of years on low km (< 70,000 km) examples and all EVO models have reta...

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July 27, 2016 / Classic cars, General News
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2002 R34 GTR VSpec2 NUR SOLD for $164K

This Limited Edition 2002 Nissan Skyline R34 GTR VSpec2 NUR COLLECTOR CAR with only 41,000 kms sold at auction in Japan last Friday for the equivalent of about $164,000 complied in Australia (plus tyres and on road costs). View more pictures and auction sheet for this 2002 Nissan Skyline R34 GTR VSpec2 NUR here. Read R34 GTR Import Prices ~ Where are they heading ? for more information on wh...

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July 26, 2016 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
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Cute New Nissan Cube Z12 ~ Now Available !

After a long wait, the Nissan Cube Z12 was finally added to the SEVS approved model list in May 2016, which means all 2008+ Nissan Cubes are eligible for import from Japan right up to the current 2016 model. Yes, that covers both 2WD (Z12) and 4WD (NZ12) versions and the special AUTECH AXIS, AUTECH Rider and AUTECH Rider Black Line models. Nissan claims the 2016 Cube is capable of averaging 19 ...

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July 21, 2016 / Australian Compliance, General News

Buying Classic Japanese Cars

Classic Japanese cars have surged in popularity and consequently price in recent years, with a particular jump in prices over the last 12 to 18 months. The condition of classic cars in Japan like anywhere else obviously varies widely from pristine museum condition to those requiring full restoration (or worse). And of course there are plenty of rusty wrecks popping up on Yahoo Japan and other on...

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July 20, 2016 / Classic cars, General News, GTR, Japan car auctions
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AE86 Prices on the Rise

AE86 Sprinter prices are starting to move steadily upwards after remaining fairly stable between $10,000 to $20,000 landed for the last couple of years. A general price range for the better examples is now from about $15,000 to $25,000 landed. With weekly enquiries for them increasing and the exchange rate popping back up over 80 Yen to the dollar, it might be a good idea to consider your plans ...

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July 18, 2016 / Classic cars, General News
Toyota Crown TRD

Toyota Crown Majesta, Athlete & Hybrid ~ Compliance Available

Australian compliance is available for many of the 2009+ Toyota Crown Majesta, Crown Athlete and Crown Hybrid models. The Toyota Crown is very similar in many respects to the Lexus IS and GS models and is based on the same platform. It has a 6 speed tiptronic auto gearbox (or CVT in the Hybrid) and an 8 speed tiptronic auto in the Crown Majesta (changed to CVT in the 2013 facelift when the M...

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July 18, 2016 / Australian Compliance, General News
AUD to JPY exchange rate

AUD to JPY Exchange Rate pops back up over 80

After plunging to the mid 75 Yen to the dollar level in recent months, the Aussie dollar has finally lifted back above the 80 Yen to the dollar psychological barrier. Whether it continues to improve for us or drops back again remains to be seen.  From an importer’s perspective we hope that it keeps climbing as any increase makes it cheaper to import a car from Japan.  For example each 1 Ye...

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July 15, 2016 / General News
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1988 BMW M3 Coupe SOLD for $68,900

This LHD 1988 BMW M3 coupe sold at auction in Japan last Thursday for 4.32 million Yen. With low km and in clean grade 4 condition (no repair history), it would have been approx. $68,900 landed in Australia. View more pictures and auction sheet for this 1988 BMW M3 coupe here. It would have been eligible for import to Australia under the 1988 and Older Import Rule. We can source for import...

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July 11, 2016 / Classic cars, General News
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RARE 1968 Mazda Cosmo Sports L10A coupe

This rare and classic 1968 Mazda Cosmo Sports L10A coupe was inspected for a client at auction in Japan over the weekend. Full production of the Mazda Cosmo sports 2-door coupe began in May 1967 and lasted through 1972. Cosmos were built by hand at a rate of only about one per day, for a total of 1,519 (343 Series I cars and 1,176 Series II cars). It had a start price of 4 million Yen but was c...

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July 11, 2016 / Classic cars, General News
Sunrise Cars

Edward Lees Imports Now Trading as Sunrise Cars

Coordinated police raids on Sydney car dealers in Feb 2016 resulted in one dealership, “Dream Car City”, having its trading immediately suspended. Edward Lees Imports operated by Phil Lee on Parramatta Road was also raided by police and accused of digitally altering odometers. More detail and video of police raids on Sydney dealerships for odometer tampering Edward Lees Imports is no...

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July 7, 2016 / General News
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Import Car Valuation

If you have imported a car to Australia from Japan, UK, USA or another country that was bought some time before the import date and has depreciated since then (or was bought from a friend for a nominal value), then you won’t be able to use your original purchase invoice or paperwork for Customs valuation when it comes time to import the car and you will require an import car valuation. We on...

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July 6, 2016 / General News
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New Car Import to Australia — What you need to know

From 2018, proposed changes to the Vehicle Import Regulations will make it possible for new car import by anyone in Australia, not just the big car makers. Private individuals will be able to organise their own new car import to Australia every 2 years. This will apply to new cars and motorcycles from another country with comparable standards to Australia’s (including Japan and the UK). Th...

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July 6, 2016 / Australian Compliance, General News, Import Regulations
Japan car auction email alerts system

Daily Japan Car Auction Email Alerts System makes searching for your car a SNAP !

Tired of searching through online Japan car auction sites that give you the runaround ? You might want to check out our Japan car auction email alerts system for FREE. Simply enter your email address and select a vehicle make and model, it’s as easy as that ! We cover over 70 auctions and 140,000+ vehicles every week Morning email for each day’s auctions, so you can easily monito...

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July 1, 2016 / General News, Japan auction online, Japan car auctions, japan used car auction, Japanese car auction online
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RARE 1988 SUZUKI ALTO Works RS-X ~ $6,900

This rare 1988 Suzuki Alto Works RS-X CA72V kei car sold in June 2016 for $6,900 landed. It was eligible for import to Australia under the existing 1988 and older rule. With only a few of these rare cult Suzuki kei cars coming up for auction across Japan each year now, it takes time to source them. To research prices, you can browse browse past and upcoming Japanese auction cars of any model he...

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July 1, 2016 / Classic cars, General News

RARE ~ 2000 Toyota Supra RZ S twin turbo 6 speed in BLUE, Auction TOMORROW

2000 Supra RZ S twin turbo 6 speed, 87,560 km, Grade 4 B Auction time 12:49 pm (Japan), Thurs 30 June 2016 ~ USS Osaka Auction (ENDED ~ Final price $53,200) How to bid This is one of the best Toyota Supra RZ S twin turbo 6 speed coupes we have seen in some time. Extremely rare to find with such low kms and in this colour. Aftermarket parts include 5Zigen exhaust, stunning deep dish alloy wheels,...

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June 29, 2016 / General News
Why use a Car import broker

Why Use a Car Import Broker ?

Compared to a car dealer who’s job is to sell you a specific vehicle they already own, a car import broker (or vehicle import agent) sources all vehicles to order — they do not own them. This means they are always on YOUR side and there is no conflict of interest in telling you the true condition and kms. In contrast, a car dealer has their own interests at heart. View Police raids ...

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June 28, 2016 / General News
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1987 BMW M3 import SOLD for $82,500, WHAT ?!

This LHD 1987 BMW M3 coupe sold at auction in Japan on Saturday for over 5 million Yen, making it the most expensive BMW M3 import we have seen at auction in Japan to date. It was a rare find with sunroof, leather seats, no repair history and a low 57,000 kms. Others recently have sold for over $50,000 landed, but this one would have been approx. $82,500 landed. View more pictures and auction sh...

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June 27, 2016 / Classic cars, General News
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1997 to 2013 Vantech Toyota Camroad Motor home 100 and 200 Series

Please note that we don’t source the Toyota Camroad (or any other motorhomes), the following is provided for information only. The Toyota Camroad motor home is a very well-equipped mid size motorhome which can be driven on a standard car license. Construction materials ensure they don’t suffer from rust or corrosion like some other brands. SEVS allows the import of the 1997 to 2013 (...

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June 27, 2016 / Australian Compliance, General News, Motor homes
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VEILSIDE Fortune RX-7 ~ Best looking Mazda RX-7 turbo ever ?

This 2000 model Mazda RX-7 turbo had full aftermarket body panels fitted by VEILSIDE in Japan to make it look like a Supercar. In Japan this is called the VEILSIDE Fortune RX-7. With past repair history, it was unlikely to be SEVS eligible (before even considering Australian compliance issues due to the different lights etc.). So no good for road use import to Australia but a stunning car none...

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June 24, 2016 / General News
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NEW Toyota Alphard & Vellfire LUXURY people movers are coming !

The current model 30 Series Toyota Alphard & Vellfire LUXURY people movers will soon be available for import. Compliance for 2015+ models is expected by Dec 2016 with sample vehicles just arriving now for the required SEVS testing process. These are fitted with all sorts of luxury features and are a very popular high end vehicle in many Asian countries. Watch videos of Alphard and Vellfir...

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June 24, 2016 / Australian Compliance, General News, People Movers
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Tour Japan Car Auctions and Bid on Your Own Car

  Planning on visiting Japan and want to see how the vehicle auctions work while you’re there ? Perhaps you’d like to see the natural sights of Kyoto, Himeji and Osaka. Worried about getting around Japan on your own ? No problem ! One of our Australian contacts has lived in Japan for 27 years and can take you anywhere you’d like in the Kansai region including private tours t...

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June 18, 2016 / General News, Japan car auctions
1988 PORSCHE 911 Turbo Coupe

1988 PORSCHE 911 Turbo Coupe, SOLD for $128K+

Classic Porsche prices have been increasing for some years with no sign of this slowing. A good example is this LHD 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe with 57,000 km which sold today for the Japanese Yen equivalent of over $128,000 landed in Australia once import costs are allowed for. It was eligible for import to Australia under the existing 1988 and older rule. To research past prices, you can brows...

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June 18, 2016 / Classic cars, General News
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New Toyota Supra coming ?

Toyota may be taking its time, but a reborn Supra now looks more likely than ever thanks to some news from the trademarks office in Europe. The Japanese carmaker has again grabbed the rights to the name “Supra” through the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), more than two years after it resecured the rights in the US. Enthusiast site SupraMKV has been watching the trademark ap...

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June 17, 2016 / General News
1971 Nissan Skyline KPCG10 GT R Hakosuka

1971 Nissan Skyline KPCG10 GT R Hakosuka — SOLD for $210K !

This RARE and CLASSIC 1971 Nissan Skyline KPCG10 GT R Hakosuka (Hakosuka — “box Skyline”) was sold at USS Tokyo on 16 June 2016 for 12,670,000 YEN FOB. This model had very limited production numbers and prices are rapidly increasing with each example auctioned. 3 years ago a similar example sold for 4.4 million Yen which seemed expensive at the time. We expect prices to excee...

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June 17, 2016 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
1992 Nissan Skyline R32 GTR silver front

Want a “cheap” GTR ?

Many people have been shocked by the surge in GTR prices this year. For most, a GTR has always been their dream car and they thought they had a few more years to work towards it. The sudden price rises have spurred many in this situation to bring forward their plans and buy a GTR now before they are no longer affordable. This in turn is increasing demand and putting further pressure on prices. C...

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June 16, 2016 / General News, GTR
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R32 GTR with 2009 NISMO Fine Spec Engine & Other Auction Inspection Examples

We came across this special R32 GTR yesterday with a 2009 NISMO Fine Spec engine fitted. The ‘Fine Spec’ engine was one of a special limited production run of 70 units offered by NISMO in 2009 at a cost of 1,375,000 yen (approx. $17,400 AUD at 79 Yen to the dollar, plus fitting), and was the culmination of all Nissan’s technical improvements on the already famous RB26, up to that ...

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June 11, 2016 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
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