Thread: Importing a series

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Sonoma County

    Default Importing a series

    With the 25 year rule for importing a vehicle moving up every year, more and more newer series landrovers are becoming available to us in the states. Often the price is much lower than what I see available on ebay, for example.

    Here is just such an example. What I am wondering is, does anyone here have any experience with importing a vehicle to the states? And also, does this company have a good reputation that you know of?
    Dropping 7-9 grand on a vehicle sight unseen is a gamble...

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    MOT inspected vehicles at least are not rusted in two. That said, if you look around there are still plenty of series trucks for sale over here and they are more likely to have been rechassied to a galvy frame.
    The Goat, '73 Series III coil conversion, PS conversion, Daihatsu 2.8 TD,dual ARB's etc. SOLD
    '97 Toyota LC, getting built

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    State College, PA
    For 7-9 grand you should be able to find lots of Series in the states that have already been re-framed. I had a UK truck and be prepapred for many non-Rover fixes. Mine had a radiator for some other car, seats from another and shag carpeting galore. US trucks seem to be more original to what we envision a Land Rover shoud be than most of the imports. Over there it is just another truck and people repair them as such.

    I liked my first truck and it was great but I wouldn't buy another UK truck unless I saw it in person.

    And FWIW all Series are now available for import, we are now into the early years of the 90's and 110's.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Area Code 916
    Get in touch with Eric (norcalrelics) over on He usually has a container coming over every other month or so and is always looking to fill it. He is in the UK every other month too, it seems, so he can locate and look at them for you.
    2009 Audi Q7 - temporary
    2008 Murdered out Vette
    2003 Toyota Matrix - commuter
    1994 RRC LWB - sold
    1993 RRC LWB - sold
    1996 D1 - sold
    1974 RHD Series III 109 - sold

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Sonoma County
    Thank you all very much. Hate to be the guy who buys a vehicle and then gets told "You didn't know? I thought everyone knew not to do that"!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    id get a us spec one. im wondering when states are gonna go GREEN and start to pull the registrations from "foreign" rigs. i know a friend with a 72pinz and thats his fear, apparently a couple states had a scare recently. just get a US vin. it cant be that much more when shipping and unknow PO fixes are factored in, and you can inspect the damn thing.
    WALDORF: They aren’t half bad.
    STATLER: Nope, they’re ALL bad!

  7. #7

    Default dont do it

    MOT inspections are not the end all solution to finding problems on a rover. Alot of MOT inspection facilities are not familiar with land rovers and will pass them (or fail them) for silly reasons. The on I imported passed MOT but when I got it it needed alot of frame welding that was over looked by a poor inspection and build up of dirt covering damage.

    Also, their ideas of rust and ours differ greatly. There is no substitute for your own eyes when buying a car. Expect something to have been forgotten from your list of what to ask, and if you didnt ask about it, it will be broken! I found out the hard way, though I was still overall pleased with what I got, it could have been much better and I probably would have not purchased it or paid much less had I seen it in person.

    If you do import, I suggest Cosdel International. They take car of DOT and EPA papers, you sign your name, pay the bill and take it away when it gets to the dock.
    Linus Tremaine
    1967 NADA Dormobile #601 Sold...
    1975 Volvo TGB111 Camper Sold....
    1965 Land Rover 88 Diesel
    1963 Land Rover 109 Diesel
    1927 Lincoln

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    UK- Home town Poole
    "Alot of MOT inspection facilities are not familiar with land rovers and will pass them (or fail them) for silly reasons"

    not sure I agree with that concidering the amount of landrovers in the UK..however....yes you can dupe the average inspector with enough undercoat.

    Undercoat is used extensively in the UK to make chassis look nice and black...

    a bit like soft rhino liner stippled on with a paint brush

    The UK is an island surrounded by salty water....

    if its 25 years old

    it has rust.......normally everywhere.

    The MOT test for rust is a screw driver to poke around with and a magnet..

    if the screw driver goes through it fails, if you used a coke can it fails....other than that....baked bean cans can pass

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Bedford, UK
    I can very VERY highly recommend the place I bought my 300 Defender from, here in the UK, the Land Rover Centre. The service is top-notch, and they do specialse in importing stuff over to you boys too.

    Speak to a guy called Mark Griffiths, who is the Sales & Export Manager.


    I'd rather push a Land Rover than drive a Jeep.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Loudoun County, VA

    Default 2nd vote for LRC

    I have imported two trucks using Mark at the Land Rover Centre. He is good.
    1980 Land Rover Stage One 109

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