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  1. Ossie

    924 CGT Copy

    Lots of optimistic comments there. For starters it is not a 944 body kit, it must be a CGT kit. Genuine CGT's sell for a lot more than $90K now, but that's irrelevant as this is nothing more than a no-Turbo 924 auto with some plastic boy racer parts stuck on it. Might have been worth $7-10K before it was modified, but now not even worth that
  2. Yes I've also imported a couple before and it was much easier before the asbestos rules were tightened. But once I had the asbestos report sorted for the CGT the process was the same as before. The challenge is to find people or companies like David Sollis in the country you're exporting from, plus have a "plan B" if some asbestos is found that would be difficult to remove (e.g. sprayed on sound deadening). I don't know a lot about the insurance to be honest, but yes I would assume there must be some method. I know from personal experience in both the US and UK the standard car insurance companies won't deal with you if you're not a resident. Let me know if you do find something as I have vague plans to do the same one day.
  3. Yes sure. I drove the CGT from where I purchased it near London to David Sollis from Survey Services in Gloucestershire to have it inspected. David works in the asbestos industry in the UK and is also a classic car enthusiast, so ideally placed to do this sort of work. He inspects the car and removes tiny samples from brake pads, clutches, gaskets, insulation and all sorts of other items that typically are found to contain asbestos in cars. I think there was 14 samples in total that he then carefully placed into sealed bags and send off to an accredited lab for testing. Once he gets the results he prepares a detailed report with photos which you can submit with your import application. In my case no asbestos was found so it was pretty straight forward, but if you're unlucky then David can help you work through what parts need to be removed and/or replaced before you export the car from the UK. Very important this is done before it is imported into Australia otherwise you could be up for $1000's of customs storage fees when it arrives in Australia, and risk having the car destroyed. Some people try and bluff there way through this, but I was not going to take that risk so made sure I satisfied myself that the car was asbestos free. David's website is www.survey-services.co.uk and he was really good to deal with. His costs were reasonable too I thought for the service provided. I had no issues with my car when it arrived in Melbourne, other than the usual obligatory quarantine cleaning fee (even though I had cleaned the car thoroughly myself before it left the UK....grrrrr!). Hope that helps. I'm sure David would be happy to discuss the above if you contact him. Also if you plan to drive your own car in the UK then be careful with insurance as it is very difficult to get unless you're a UK resident or know someone who is and is prepared to cover you temporarily.
  4. Actually speaking to a few of the guys there they were of the opinion that importing from Australia to the UK was a big hassle and not worth it. Probably true for later model cars, but I certainly know of earlier 356's and 911's that have travelled back to the UK, they like the fact that our cars typically have less rust, a bit like CA cars.
  5. Yes I had some direct experience of this! Before I exported my CGT last year I took it to Simply Porsche which is an annual gathering of Porsches at the UK National Motor Museum at Beaulieu (see photos below). This is a huge event with over 1000 Porsches attending, the museum is excellent too. A few Porsche enthusiasts I spoke with were not at all happy I was exporting the car, with some saying it should be stopped as too many cars are leaving their shores. I drove it to the docks the next day!
  6. I think we spoke when I was importing mine last, your advice was very helpful regarding the import asbestos check process. Mine is #423, UK delivered and now in Melbourne.
  7. Ha ha, yes we're a bit greedy! Yes they have built 5 in total, although the first 4 are not really considered replicas as they were commissioned in period by owners who intended to race them, although only #1 (Peter Fitzgerald's Falken race car) and #4 (Graham Lloyd's Targa rally car) were extensively used in competition to my knowledge. The latest car #5 was built more recently and is an accurate replica of the original #1 factory car, with the exception that it's RHD. it was commissioned by the owner of Peter's Falken car. Of course all of this is subject to your own interpretation, but I don't really consider my car (#4) a replica of the factory cars as it wasn't built for that purpose, and has it's own history and specification.
  8. No they only made 4 of those and in LHD only. These are two of the RHD cars built by Fitzgerald Racing Services. See www.turbors.com
  9. Fitzgerald #4 and #5 968 Turbo RS's together this morning. All 5 cars are now in Melbourne so we'll have to try and organise a gathering.
  10. Depends on what floats your boat. If you want outright straight line performance then a later 944 Turbo will be quicker, but the CS definitely feels lighter and has loads more low down torque. But if you're talking about values then the 968 CS will be more collectable because of the rarity, although you could argue a 944 Turbo S Silver Rose would be up there. Or if you want to go all out you can pay a *lot* more for a 968 Turbo or Turbo RS, 944 Turbo Cup, 924 Carrera GT or GTS. I've sunk my $ into several of the above over the past few years because I do think these rarer transaxle models from the 80's and 90's are underrated and overshadowed by 911 mania. But fundamentally it was also because the transaxle models are great cars to drive from that era of Porsche production (but I did also add a 930 just in case I am wrong!) In terms of looks I find myself always admiring the front of the 924 Carrera GT and the rear of the 968's. The 944 Turbo.... not so much. I terms of driving I enjoy driving the Carrera GT the most as it just feels so light, nimble and the engine revs much more freely (reminds me of an mid 90's WRX). In comparison the 968 Turbo RS is scary fast, the 944 Turbo feels heavy, and the 968 CS more like the Carrera GT but less smiles....
  11. I was offered close to that for mine from a person in NZ a couple of months back who was following my restoration. I'm not selling by the way, it was just a discussion. They really are an awesome car, best combination of handling and power from any of the transaxle models, and many 911's until recently. Only criticism is the ride which is very hard on the road.
  12. If anyone is interested the other black 968 Turbo RS has appeared on carsales today. Asking price is $130K. This is #2 of the 4 original cars Fitzgeralds built in the 1990's, but not to be confused with #4 discussed previously in this thread (my car). See https://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Porsche-968-1993/SSE-AD-5641887/?Cr=2 This was considered the best of the 4 cars because of it's originality and relatively low miles. Current owner has swapped out the CS seats but has the originals. Be quick if you're interested as mine attracted considerable interest from overseas when it was last up for sale.
  13. Thanks, looks better in the photo than it really is, but it's an original car that will clean up well. No I wouldn't mess with a 924 Turbo now, it will be worth more in the long run if left original.
  14. Just bought myself a Carrera GT, it's sailing here on the ship now. Magnus's video was a big inspiration!

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