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Old June 15th, 2016, 02:19 PM
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Cool NAS Spec Defender (LHD) from JAPAN worth the same as USA NAS Defender?

Hello,

I am curious, would a 1997 North America Spec that was imported from Japan be worth the same in the USA as a NAS Spec in the USA?
Let's pretend it has The correct SALDV324*VA accepted VIN, very low miles, Left hand drive, auto, 4.0L, rear bumper, lights, roll bars, A/C, hard top, all factory.

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They seem to have slightly less value than "real" NAS based on what I have seen, but they are still very valuable.
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Old June 15th, 2016, 02:51 PM
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Less valuable, but more valuable than most non-NAS trucks. Although they probably sell for as much, but only because shady sellers hide the fact they're Japan. They are easy to spot though.
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I can only assume this is in the most hypothetical of terms we're talking about here.

There is a known history of NAS trucks, and just about always a question of the past when these other trucks make their way here. Personally I wouldn't pay the same, and I've seen they often take longer to sell. Usually the dealers/sellers are misrepresenting the Japanese/Dubai trucks a bit as well.
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the problem with the jap spec trucks is NONE of them have any paperwork supporting the claimed mileage. thats the KEY part to the value of defenders.

and i dont mean what mileage they were imported with / titled with. i mean a way to prove it before it hit US soil.
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Interesting. Being LHD and same NAS VIN... What is it that makes them less valuable? And when you mention "they are easy to spot" What is the difference?
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Interesting. Being LHD and same NAS VIN... What is it that makes them less valuable?
See above. Or search Japanese or Dubai here - many many many many many many many many many discussions on the NAS vs. Japanese/Jap/Dubai spec topic.
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Which truck are we talking about specifically? I know they can be had for a bit cheaper up in Canada.
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Interesting. Being LHD and same NAS VIN... What is it that makes them less valuable? And when you mention "they are easy to spot" What is the difference?
ECR's D90 info page, about the middle of the page, shows the most obvious differences.

Defender 90s

As others have said a lot of the value has to do with the history of the truck and mileage. The fact they are grey market (not sold new in USA or Canada) also reduces the value. Most Japan specs have low mileage, but often have no records of anything before they were imported, so the mileage before import often cannot be proved. But I have seen some that have the original speedo still with just an MPH overlay. Do you have one you're trying to sell? They've become pretty popular with flippers who pick them up for cheap in Japan and list them here for big bucks. Sometimes most of the 97s on eBay are Japan trucks. Just an example, here's one: http://r.ebay.com/OJY18I. It's been converted to soft top and doesn't have a NAS cage. Ridiculous price for half a Japan truck and of course no mention of it being Japanese in the ad.
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I know of a blue one that recently sold in Canada for like 28 grand.
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https://vancouver.craigslist.ca/pml/cto/5556380297.html

Scary thing is there's a ton of Britpart stuff on it... But... it's only $50,000 for you guys south of the border.
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I know! Scary isn't it. In a city where a 3 bedroom, 50 year old house on a 3,000 square foot lot is $2,000,000+ sadly, we say "only $50,000"
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Yea but $2,000,000 Canadian is what, $175k US.

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Pretty much.... just depends on the day of the week.
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