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Old February 5th, 2016, 10:41 PM
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Happy Weekend Everyone,

I've been chatting with an old high school buddy of mine about Land Rover Defenders for a couple of weeks now and he recommended that I check out this site to get some much needed perspective. I have to say that I'm very impressed with the information (and banter) that I've seen so far.

I work for STA Contracting Inc. out of Birmingham, Al. We're into several different industries, but last year we started importing hard to find (or nonexistent) vehicles from overseas to the United States. We have enjoyed the experience and the relationships that we've made with our customers in the process.

We got into this market by chance. Another division (our first) of our company provides armed maritime security escorts onboard various ships throughout the Middle East and Africa. On a trip two years ago, I was wondering around the port of Abu Dhabi, UAE when I stumbled across a concrete sea of Land Cruiser trucks waiting to be shipped out. I thought to myself that if I could bring some of these to the U.S. that they would sell in a heartbeat. Of course, I didn't know about the regulations pertaining to vehicle imports at the time, but through our experience of exporting and importing weapons, ammo and contractors throughout the corners of the globe, I figured that there had to be a way. Thank God for the 25+ year rule!

Since last year we've successfully imported and sold dozens of vehicles form Europe, to include two-door Mercedes-Benz G300s, Toyota Land Cruisers (various types), among others that aren't sold her in the States. Later last year, we discovered a relatively unknown Land Cruiser in Brazil called the Bandeirante. We've since imported a couple and have multiple variations being restored in Sao Paulo being made ready to bring back to the States this Spring.

A few weeks ago, I was speaking with a friend who had noticed that I was doing a lot of traveling (I go and see each vehicle we purchase personally and ensure that the export process is legit before I come home) and wanted to know what I was up to. I told him about the process and he immediately perked up and told me to look for a Defender 110 for him. I've done a lot of research on the trucks themselves, but am still looking for information on what our potential clientele would be looking for in an import Defender.

I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts and hopefully offering some of my own soon.

S/F & WDE,

Andrew Day
STA Contracting Inc.
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Old February 5th, 2016, 10:47 PM
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Speaking of Brazil, I want a VW SP2 pretty bad.
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Old February 5th, 2016, 10:58 PM
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SP2 in Sao Paulo

Pretty smooth ride. While there's a Beetle and a VW Van every other street down there, I can 't say that I've noticed any of those. From the looks of OLX, they aren't too easy to come by in good condition.

Vw - Volkswagen, 1975 - Carros - Penápolis, São Paulo | bomnegócio agora é OLX.com.br

Vw - Volkswagen VW Sp2 1974, 1975 - Carros - Iporã, Paraná | bomnegócio agora é OLX.com.br

Here are the nicest ones I found with a quick search of OLX. I could throw that in a container with one of my Bandeirantes and get it to your door for cheap. PS: the Brazilian Real is super weak to the USD right now.
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Old February 5th, 2016, 11:05 PM
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Pretty smooth ride. While there's a Beetle and a VW Van every other street down there, I can 't say that I've noticed any of those. From the looks of OLX, they aren't too easy to come by in good condition.

Vw - Volkswagen, 1975 - Carros - Penápolis, São Paulo | bomnegócio agora é OLX.com.br

Vw - Volkswagen VW Sp2 1974, 1975 - Carros - Iporã, Paraná | bomnegócio agora é OLX.com.br

Here are the nicest ones I found with a quick search of OLX. I could throw that in a container with one of my Bandeirantes and get it to your door for cheap. PS: the Brazilian Real is super weak to the USD right now.
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Old February 5th, 2016, 11:11 PM
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Sorry that the links don't work. Copy & paste just ain't what it's cracked up to be sometimes.
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OLX.com.br is legit. It's their version of Craigslist. I couldn't find any 25 year old Defenders but I found an intact Series One for $12,800. Lots of 2000+ Defenders for about the same price.
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Old February 5th, 2016, 11:21 PM
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Ya OLX is about the best way to go in Brazil. A lot of the other classifieds sites don't stay up to date on what's still available and don't cover more than just a regional area.

It's slim pickins' in Brazil for Defenders. Their import fees are through the roof, and it's a very poor country. Not to mention, the streets and traffic conditions don't make it easy to drive anything that big in the cities (where all the big money is anyways).

I'm taking a hard look at Turkey for sourcing Defenders. It's not a very "happy" place to visit and do business, but given my experience, I'll take Turkey over some of the other Black Holes that I've worked in over the past decade.
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