Bogan Car Enthusiasts In Australia Tragically Forced To Shop Overseas
If you want to get your hands on some Aussie V8 muscle, there’s never been a worse time. While the auto market is pretty hot across the board, Land Down Under’s most beloved tank bogans have seen particularly ludicrous speculation over the past couple of years – a combination of COVID as well as the dearth of new affordable V8 options on the market. the market.
Now âboganâ isn’t an insult, but paying six figures for a high mileage Holden Commodore is. So what should an Australian car lover do if he wants a piece of Australian automotive excellence at a reasonable price?
More and more, the solution is to look abroad. Many Australian performance cars have been sold in overseas markets, but few have been enjoyed the way they were at home. This means that they can be picked up at bargain prices, even after factoring in the cost of shipping them home.
For example, the third generation Holden Monaros, HSV Clubsports and HSV GTS have all been sold in the UK as Vauxhall – and there are still plenty left. Drive reported earlier this year how an Australian buyer purchased a limited edition 2005 Vauxhall Monaro with just 34,000 miles on the odometer (~ 54,717 km) at auction in the UK for Â£ 38,000 (~ AU $ 70,000) .
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Considering that a Holden or equivalent HSV (the Holdens were rebadged to Vauxhall in the UK) would cost well over $ 100,000, that’s really not that bad – the only risk, of course, with buying A Holden delivered to the UK is that they salt the roads in the UK during winter, causing cars to rust much faster than in Australia.
The third generation Monaros and Commodores VF were sold in North America as the Pontiac GTO and Chevrolet SS respectively, but unlike the Holdens sold in the domestic and other markets, they are left-hand drive, which makes them less than ideal candidates for a possible backtracking. importers â.
The other country that Australians are increasingly looking for Australian cars is Thailand. Thailand, a metric right-hand drive country, is full of cheap old Fords, Chryslers, and Holdens that drive around with a remarkably good notch. Buyers will find that there are a lot of expats in Facebook groups like Aussie Cars Overseas keen to help them too.
There are also an odd number of Australian cars crisscrossing Bali – perhaps because of the large Australian expat community there. More and more of these Bali cars are coming home these days as well.
As we applaud the savvy Australians who are saving money by buying cars this way – as well as playing a role in preserving Australian automotive history – it seems perverted that things are going so wrong. that it has become an alternative to the local market.
That said, not everyone is convinced that the outrageous demand for bogan cars will continue forever. DMARGE spoke to Carsales editor-in-chief Mike Sinclair earlier this year who suggested that âspeculative buying on HSVs, other Holdens V8s, and Australian-made cars in general is crazy … is simply not sustainable; it won’t last foreverâ¦ people will burn their fingers.
Here we are, hoping …
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