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#1 Drgjsi

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 02:35 PM

Hi all,

 

Just new to the forum, but been looking for a few years to import a 240z to hong kong! 

 

Currently driving an S15 silvia, but my dream car is the 240z with a turbo engine! 

 

Hope I can find something here!

 

George

 

 



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Posted 16 April 2016 - 04:39 PM

Hi George,

Are there many 240z's in Hong Kong? 



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Posted 16 April 2016 - 05:02 PM

I have never seen a 240z being driven around on the streets. I know there are at least 2 or 3 that will show up at car meets or shows once on a while. I'm sure there are a few others which are garaged which is unfortunate.

Been looking at Japan for 240z as well, but the prices for a car waiting to be restored is just far too much. Add on the import tax of about 15 to 20k AUD, not many classics in HK, let alone 240z.

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 05:33 PM

S30Z prices in Japan have really taken off lately. I think there is a very strong appreciation for them in their home market. So yes they are expensive, I've noticed increased demand from UK buyers of Australian cars. I guess relatively speaking ours have less rust but these cars rust no matter what the climate. Given the lack of adequate rust proofing from factory.

 

It sounds like owning a car in Hong Kong is a lot like Singapore, pretty expensive just to have the licence. Good luck, but please don't tell your friends in Hong Kong how great these cars are, we don't have many left here and we want to keep as many here as possible. :).



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Posted 16 April 2016 - 06:09 PM

No worries, my friends are only interested in the latest hybrid or electric cars to and calculating $$ of gas per km. No appreciation for classics, and other car friends are more interested in civics or ae86 corollas.

Anyways, I see a lot of cars without registration, engineering cert and road worthy certs being sold here. How easy is it to get the the road worthy cert and engineering cert? Could I just buy a (decent) car and have a body shop get rid of all the rust and a mechanic to do the rest and have all the paper work done? Then I'd have to find someone to help me ship it over.

As I'm not in Aus I can imagine it being a logistical nightmare.

I almost fell for a scam on trovit or gum tree. The guy picture of a very well restored 240z selling for about 30k. Too good to be true, but then he said he was a military guy soon going abroad and that the car was at his base but I'd have to send him my address and bank details and then he would DHL the car over. Anyways, turns out a lot of people buying cars have had similar scams.

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 06:10 PM

Hi george, im from malaysia. i know classicracer h.k. has a 240z and 240zg for sale. Owner is archie ac yiu. U can find him on facebook.

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 06:15 PM

I've seen their cars.
I believe the blue one is sold.
Unfortunately, the white jdm s30 is out of my budget.

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 06:25 PM

I met archie last month when he came to KL for a car event. He told me something about the classic car tax is very expensive. So even if u buy a run down 240z, the import tax is fixed. So its better to import a good condition instead of bad as the tax is the same.

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 06:35 PM

Yes, the import tax rises every year.

For example, a 2 years ago on an decent R32 gtr it would be around 3k AUD, one of my friends just imported one cause the yen was down earlier this year but the tax had shot up to around 7k to 8k AUD. And a NA1 nsx base type, had tax of 7k AUD last year, this year is 15k AUD.

They base the tax value of recent transactions of that model in the local HK market rather than the condition!

To further worsen the problem, there is not enough affordable parking space. So if you have a few cars, then just parking them somewhere adds up quite a bit.

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 09:05 PM

I've heard from several friends that have lived there that the HK climate isn't that friendly with respect to vehicle longevity. Humidity, marine atmosphere, & much dampness with the cloud if you live in an elevated area, or so I've been told, so I would imagine that rust would be a major problem.

In the '90's I once test-drove an ex-HK-origin '67 Mustang CV, RHD-converted, that had recently been imported into NZ. The car didn't have a road-worthy, probably because it was badly rusted underneath & in the wheel arches, as bad as many eastern-US-states cars, so I passed on that one.

But same era I met the owner of a 240Z at an Auckland car show, he having brought the car back with him from HK, & which had been sold new there he thought. It looked pretty good, with all usual specs except one - it didn't have a full heater system like ours, just a blower/demister & no heating, so he explained. I've always wondered if that was factory or it had just been mucked about with by a PO. Wouldn't need a heater in HK, but a good demister I suspect.


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Posted 17 April 2016 - 04:28 PM

Guess it really depends on how well the car was maintained by the owner. HK heat and humidity is really bad for the interiors and electricals esp if the car is constantly parked outdoors and uncovered, which is common since its much cheaper.

Anyways, anybody into rotaries? There's a mint condition fd rx7 selling for a reasonable price, but heard they are difficult to maintain.

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 07:29 PM

Anyways, anybody into rotaries? There's a mint condition fd rx7 selling for a reasonable price, but heard they are difficult to maintain.

 

Yes I've got an FD RX-7, they are not nearly as easy to work on or maintain as a 240z mechanically. However it really depends on how well it's been looked after up until now. Parts for the FD can be quite expensive and I'd personally avoid heavily modified ones unless it's comes from a reputable shop or builder. Too many modified ones have been done on the cheap to their detriment.

 

I'd imagine not many specialists for them in Hong Kong? So that might make things more difficult for you.



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Posted 17 April 2016 - 09:36 PM

Yes. There are no rotary specialist in hk, any major engine work sometimes requires shipping the engine back to Japan.

I've had at least 3 or 4 friend who are mechanics or dealers warn against getting the rx7. Recommend mr2 turbo another fun alternative. But the shape of the FD is still so elegant.

Are prices for na1 nsx also sky rocketing?

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 10:04 PM

NSX prices have been going up yes, but I find they are actually very rare so not only expensive but difficult to find. I considered 1 also but the shape never quite did it for me and I couldn't find any in Europe at the time. I did see 1 asking 24,000 Euro and at the time and I could pick up an FD RX-7 for less than half that in Europe a few years ago.

 

Personally I prefer the FD anyway and have NO regrets buying 1.

 

I think the S30Z and FD3S are 2 of the best shapes to come out of Japan.






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