TOP 10 CARS TO IMPORT NOW
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.