Along with a friend in France, I've quite a bit of experience with importing cars. Buy them in the States, get them registered here and then move them to France where they get a complete restoration (if they need it). It's cheaper to ship to the UK and the French won't register anything that doesn't have an EU Certificate of Conformity, so register them here and then when they get to France they are already EU registered so fairly straightforward to transfer. We've done the all inclusive route once and, as you say, it costs more but it's easy and quick. We used a guy based near East Midlands Airport who was very good but it took quite a bit more than a week! The stuff that is coming in these days is much older. I've got a 1975 Triumph TR6 and a 1964 Volvo P1800S sitting outside at the moment that I picked up from the docks last week. Triumph has been MoT'd and the papers are in with DVLA at the moment so I should get a tax disc and registration number on Monday or Tuesday. The Volvo is going to France as is. Over the last 4 years or so, there's been everything from a 544 cubic inch show Camaro, assorted '50's Yanks, a few Austin Healey's and a couple of E Types. All good fun.....
'96 Saab 900XS, AEB Leo, sold
'93 Range Rover 4.2 LSE, Lovato LovEco, sold
'98 Ex-Police Range Rover 4.0, Singlepoint AEB Leo, my daily motor
'97 Range Rover 4.0SE, eGas multipoint, a project.....
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