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Old November 27th, 2013, 11:16 PM
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Hi, I live in Australia and was wondering about the rules regarding importing landies as I was shocked by the prices being asked for defenders over there.
I will get in trouble for this from locals but the Aussie army over the next 8 years is selling off all their 87-89 defenders that come standard with 3.9 Isuzu diesels in 2 door (110 only) hard top and soft top as well as 4 door wagons and the Aussie ultimate the perentite 6x6 2 door (wider than a standard defender also) with a 3.9 turbo diesel Isuzu. The 4 doors have no power steer, and most have no air-con.They are factory galvanised chassis widened at back to carry spare under, do some research on them.

With the 25 year rule would these be eligible?
Here's the website and they auction them through Graysonline
https://australianfrontlinemachinery...s#.UpXeYpO4aM9

Here's the link to grays:
http://www.graysonline.com/
Now I don't work for any of these companies but want to see if there are other options you guys could explore as 50,000+ for a defender from the early 90's is a shock to me. These are going for way less than that low teens for 110's in good condition. The only main issue would be converting them from right hand drive but we've had companies doing the opposite over here for decades to your muscle cars and trucks.
Now just to be clear all these defenders where built by LR to order for our army with galvanised chassis and 3.9 Isuzu(turbo for the 6x6) truck engines between 87-90.
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Old November 28th, 2013, 12:26 AM
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Does Australia still drive in the Brit side of the road?
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Old November 28th, 2013, 04:09 AM
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Now just to be clear all these defenders where built by LR to order for our army with galvanised chassis and 3.9 Isuzu(turbo for the 6x6) truck engines between 87-90.

Your right M8, Landies up here are pricey old or newish (1994-97). The import ban for new Defenders, the export and duty fees for older ones,, the brokerage fees etc.. it all adds up to the insanity. Most people do not have the time and means to import themselves. Reminds me of Japan in the 60's when I visited, a VW bug was considered a luxury vehicle there as it was incredibly pricey.

Not sure of the export qualifications as per the website's faq/info:

*The export of vehicles with military origins is controlled by Australian legislation. Buyers will need to submit an application to export controlled goods (http://www.defence.gov.au/deco/DECS.asp) or call the Defence Export Control Office (DECO) on 1800 661 066 to ascertain if Export Approval is required.*
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Now just to be clear all these defenders where built by LR to order for our army with galvanized chassis and 3.9 Isuzu(turbo for the 6x6) truck engines between 87-90.
There was a thread discussing this with links to the auctions as well about a month ago.
Shipment to the US out of Brisbane is possible. We discussed the average prices these trucks are expected to bring with the auction house and also condition. The trucks are graded by condition for absentee bidders (who have to be pre-approved to participate) I was told that an expected price range for the 6x6 trucks is 21-25k au$. Add transport to the docks,export customs, shipment, importation here you are well into the mid to high $30k's for a vehicle bought sight unseen.

I'd love one.
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Old November 28th, 2013, 10:18 AM
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Does Australia still drive in the Brit side of the road?
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Are these auction vehicles just the 110 light trucks or does it include the SASR 140 6x6s or 6x6 140 Ambulances? AFAIK the SASR 6x6s remain in Perth or still deployed. Another question is that these vehicles were modified by LR using base LR 110s. Will customs allow that to come in on a regular LR VIN with galvanized chassis or will they allow it under a military contract number VIN?
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Old November 28th, 2013, 07:24 PM
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It's both the 110 4x4 and the 6x6 's they seem to sell on grays in lots of 10-20 110's with 2-4 of the 6x6 prentites. As I said before there are several specialists who have been importing US cars and converting them to rhd or grey imports from Japan. I'm sure if you contacted them in whichever city ( lots in Bothell Sydney and Brisbane)you buy a defender they could send it over
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Old December 7th, 2013, 04:01 AM
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http://www.graysonline.com/promotion...line-machinery

Auctions start in 4 days. Grays is different to evilbay in that the auction will continue past the end time if people keep on bidding , so its more like a real auction, also they charge a percentage of each sale. I have bought several things of them from a jeep to an ex-army trailer, as well as various other items like inflatable jacks and even a sword. they only made one mistake that they fixed quickly.
If I had the spare money I would buy an ex-army hardtop or a 6x6 to make into a camper but family first(I have 5 kids) and as I already have a 2002 defender 110 wagon td5 my wife would kill me.
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Old December 14th, 2013, 12:02 AM
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http://www.graysonline.com/sale/5008...ilers?spr=true

The auction is on Use this to gauge prices , there are 7 6x6 perentites and about 17 defenders some almost perfect and some basically wrecks.
Minto is a western suburb of Sydney, to ship it out you would either hire a container and go through port botany or use one of the ro-ro ships that dock in Wollongong and Newcastle,I think, they are about 45min-1.5 hrs drive from minto which is about the same distance from airport.
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Old December 14th, 2013, 06:35 PM
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Are these auction vehicles just the 110 light trucks or does it include the SASR 140 6x6s or 6x6 140 Ambulances? AFAIK the SASR 6x6s remain in Perth or still deployed. Another question is that these vehicles were modified by LR using base LR 110s. Will customs allow that to come in on a regular LR VIN with galvanized chassis or will they allow it under a military contract number VIN?
Not sure but the isuzu engine was also a civilian release in Australia only from 84-90 in 110 counties and is still a sought after model. The isuzu was a small truck engine for 5-7 ton trucks so in a 2_3 ton landy it is the proverbial million mile donk. Although they are an old style diesel so are rough at idle
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Old January 9th, 2014, 10:33 PM
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About 60 defenders this time, 4 perentites(6x6) and about 12-14 needing repairs or parts cars.
http://www.graysonline.com/sale/5008...ilers?spr=true
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I'd love one of those little half ton trailers, but alas.. With shipping and import i might as well look out for an M101CDN here stateside.
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Old June 10th, 2014, 10:20 PM
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Just letting anybody interested know another sale is coming up on the 12th of June, the Queensland sale looks like it has a few 6x6 perentites.
Would like to see the face of a few defender owners seeing a 3.9 Isuzu diesel oz army LR in the states.
Saw a video of Himalaya 4x4, very nice defenders, but a very serious price!
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