Sadly, 2020 marks the viable end for many models that have been much loved imports for the last 20 years.
From September 2020 we stopped taking orders for R34 Skylines, Supras, RX-7’s, Silvias, 300ZX’s, 180SX’s, Stageas, R32 and R33 Gts-t’s, as well as early 90’s Porsches and 4WD’s such as Landcruisers, Pajeros and Patrols.
This is a nostalgic moment for us as we have sourced thousands of these cars over the years. 2020 marks a real turning point for vehicle imports as one door closes on models which have become familiar old friends and another opens to many new and interesting options.
Other classic models are currently borderline viable and will follow the same way over the next 3 to 12 months, as the world rapidly transitions from petrol turbo to hybrid / electric.
What’s next off our list ?
If you want an R32 GTR, R33 GTR, NSX, Chaser / Mark II, or Mitsubishi EVO then we suggest you buy one now – these will be crossed off our order list soon as market prices push them too far into collector car-only territory and beyond the reach of most buyers.
Why ? – There are very few quality examples of these vehicles left in Japan suitable for import to Australia, and anything worth buying has simply become too expensive for the Australian market.
Prices for Japanese classic cars have been steadily increasing since 2014, with a noticeable jump in 2018 / 19 thanks to increasing demand from the USA and other countries.
These combined issues left us with no choice but to move forward.
It’s time to face the facts
For a good 15 years starting in the late 1990’s Australia had its golden age for importing these cars, virtually no other country wanted them and they were dirt cheap with plenty of choice.
As time has gone on, worldwide demand steadily increased from many other countries including Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Norway.
In the last few years the USA hit the market hard with their 25 Year Rule for RHD vehicles combined with a strong USD and a throbbing pent-up demand for Japanese cars generated mainly by the Fast & Furious franchise.
If you want to experience one of these cars before they fade forever from Australian roads and into automotive history, you had better be quick.
We suggest you buy BEFORE the end of 2020.
Get in touch if the model you want is still on our order list, and we will find you a good one before it’s too late.
If you are looking at local cars imported in the past, be sure to history check them first for false km and past repairs so you know what you’re getting.