TOP 10 CARS TO IM­PORT NOW

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MERCEDES SL R129 AMG

Our RHD mar­ket sup­presses val­ues, so the AMG 60, 55 and 73 vari­ants are com­pet­i­tively priced. LHD six-cylin­der mod­els, worth less than £5000 in the UK, can hit over twice that in Ger­many – one to repa­tri­ate.

SIMCA 1100

Once again, a mat­ter not of cost, but of avail­abil­ity. Simca’s front-wheel drive 1100 set the tem­plate for the hot hatch­back in 1973 and has al­ways been a scarce car in the UK. You will find more in Europe, but a Brexit will af­fect im­port prices.

FIAT PANDA 4X4

The orig­i­nal Steyr-Puch Panda 4x4 was of­fered for longer on the main­land, and as rust is the pri­mary fail­ure, kin­der cli­mates keep the ag­ile car in good sup­ply, though de­mand for the al­most un­stop­pable Panda is strong too. Van con­ver­sions are par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing.

RE­NAULT 7

One of those cheap odd­i­ties, found in large num­bers around Spain for many years, the booted Re­nault 5 will sim­ply not be worth the ef­fort if cross-bor­der costs in­crease. For afi­ciona­dos, it’s now or never to put the boot in their 5.

CITROËN SM

Still rel­a­tively af­ford­able in France, only pro­duced in LHD and in­creas­ing in value over here, the SM re­mains a clas­sic driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence worth seek­ing out.

FORD TAUNUS

One of the strong­est in­di­ca­tors of Ger­man and Bri­tish Ford’s in­de­pen­dence, the now-rare Taunus ex­plored very dif­fer­ent tech­nolo­gies to Ford of Amer­ica.

FORD ES­CORT MKI/MKII

In Greece, his­toric cars were trapped by byzan­tine reg­u­la­tions, yet pro­tected by a kind cli­mate. Prices will only in­crease if the bar­ri­ers go back up.

BMW E30 M3

Al­ready a strong per­former across Europe, the E30 M3 is a prime model to snap up be­fore trans­ac­tion costs in­crease, for re­sale back to the con­ti­nent.

FIAT BARCHETTA

LHD only, there’s no dis­ad­van­tage to buy­ing in Europe and prices are sup­pressed com­pared to the UK, where short sup­ply keeps the best buoy­ant.

CITROËN GS

Along­side the Re­nault 4, Citroën Ami and Dyane, low-cost French cars with low sur­vival rates in the UK could be­come harder to pur­chase and im­port.

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