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Old October 24th, 2011, 06:25 PM
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Looking for some feedback if you've imported a Defender recently. I'm looking for a reputable source. A quick look around the board brings up these two....

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Old October 24th, 2011, 06:46 PM
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do you already own the truck and are you looking for an importer? If that is the case do it yourself it is simple and plenty of people here will give you advice.
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Old October 24th, 2011, 06:50 PM
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+1 for Dividing Creek (2nd one coming in now through Doug), Actually, I think we arrived at port today.

Aside from the importer, just pay careful attention to the seller (where you eventually find your Defender). There is an ever growing number of flippers who "put lipstick on pigs" and prey on US buyers (in the UK in particular). Plenty of good ones too. You get what you pay for!
Do plenty of due diligence on that end, but that's is really a different thread.

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do you already own the truck and are you looking for an importer? If that is the case do it yourself it is simple and plenty of people here will give you advice.

Good point. I was just assuming it would be a purchase situation.
If you've got some extra time and you already owner an original 25-year old vehicle from ROW, then it probably would be easy to arrange RoRo yourself. Even so, it only helps to engage someone who knows the ropes. Money well spent for some peace of mind IMO (not that your importer gauranties there won;t be any issues, but still).
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Old October 24th, 2011, 07:12 PM
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I'm using Dividing Creek now (truck is in a container in the middle of the North Atlantic now), have been extremely happy using Doug (for the second time). I'll underscore what Jackie said above, though -- be very careful buying one, it's very difficult getting good, accurate descriptions from overseas buyers. After spending 4 months looking for one, I went with one that I got a lot of pictures and videos of, even though it needs more than I was looking for as it's a known quantity. Happy to chat about the process of finding one if you're interested.
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Old October 24th, 2011, 07:32 PM
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This request is for a buddy of mine who is looking for a clean but unbuilt 110. Neither of us have the time nor know-how to actively pursue sellers internationally or do the paperwork, so he would like an importer who could take his requested specs then locate and do all the legwork required so that he wakes up with a ROW 110 in his driveway. Is this a pipe dream?

Thanks all.
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Old October 24th, 2011, 09:20 PM
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Use Doug - end of discussion, and you'll be outstandingly happy I assure you.
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Old October 24th, 2011, 10:06 PM
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Hello there my name is Derek Chace, owner of green mountain rovers and I would be very happy to assist you in finding and importing a Rover into the US. I would also be happy to offer you any advice you might need - the rover community is really great and everyone helps out where they can. Feel free to call or email me - phone and email are on my website www.greenmountainrovers.com
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Old October 24th, 2011, 11:23 PM
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All of the domestic sources stated above are good. I do know a UK based shop that does all the work for you "and you wake up and it is in your garage" like you mention above. The Land Rover Center at Huddersfield.

They have a nice 110 on the auction block at the moment that did not sell - Item number: 260872530857 - I saw this truck a few years ago and it is in really original shape.

Go to thier web page and look around. They move a lot of nice trucks stateside. I have used them for 2 trucks - but I bought junk and they shipped it for me. (This was before I knew of Doug and his service.)
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Old October 25th, 2011, 04:14 AM
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You are right, the car at Hudderfield Landrovers is superb and truelly original. They have been very helpful and do a lot of good work. These early Defenders 110 are getting very rare here in Europe, the demand is not only in the US but they have become increasingly popular here as well.

But in case you are looking for a 1985 LHD rebuild truck, I have a supernice 110 Stationwagon in Black metallic with lots of updates, retaining the old 1985 chassis which is superb, bare metal repaint, 200 tdi, LT77 gearbox, later TD5 dashboard, full leather interior. It is nearing completion at the moment, see pics below.

My website with contact details is listed in the signature. Numerous people have bought cars from me. I have been exporting to the States for 15 years, mostly Minis but we are now building Landrovers as well since 3 years. I have an agent / importer in PA who handles the import, registration and delivery for you.
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Old October 25th, 2011, 08:16 AM
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Just bear in mind there is no secret cave filled with low mileage rust free 25 year old Rovers just check ebay.uk to see what is around. A 25 year old is going to need work check various posts on here to see what people have put into imported Rovers. A good rebuild takes a lot of time and money.
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Old October 25th, 2011, 08:35 AM
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A 25 year old is going to need work check various posts on here to see what people have put into imported Rovers. A good rebuild takes a lot of time and money.

I know you said you do not have time and are looking for the vehicle to appear in your garage. I always tell people that a plane ticket and a week or two in a hotel is likley cheaper than a complete rebuild and is time better spent. People think you have to buy blindly from overseas, and I do not understand why, a little time goes a long way. I am in the U.K. 2-3 times a year so maybe easier for me I guess. If you want it bad enough take the time and know what you are getting and save yourself the disappointment, time and money.
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No personal experience with Land Rover Centre in Hudderfield, but a friend imported a nicely restored SIII 109 from them. They seem to offer a nice product. He seemed pretty happy with them. Also, he had lived in the UK for many years and knew/asked where the right place to go was.

@Rivermike - that's a nice looking 110 build....especially those quilted leather seats (are those an Exmoor item?).

@SMac-as others have said, good early 110s (and 90s) are becoming increasingly hard to find. They will all likely need a rebuild. You could pay anywhere between GBP6,000-8,000 for an unrestored early RHD 110. Bear in mind that will need restoration, but is driveable and enjoyable. By the time you start talking about restored, or even "refreshed" 110s, the numbers are above GBP16,000 for properly restored ones (at a minimum). Then add duties, shipping and inland transport on both ends and you're looking at an entry price of USD $30,000 for something that may not be the very best quality. Again, if you've got the checkbook and no time to squabble, go directly to Nene's or Foley's Special Vehicles, but your entry price will be north of $40,000 I'm guessing. Rivermike's looks nice too and I'm sure if it were sitting in your driveway, you'd be looking at north of $50,000 depending on what the rest of the specs look like (just a guess).

SMac, the moral of this rant is that when you see 110s offered in the states for $15,000, or 5,000GBP overe there, they will all need your attention. When you suggest that you don't have the patience, time or accumen it could be a hard lesson if you don't fully understand what you're getting for your money.
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Old October 25th, 2011, 09:20 AM
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If your buddy doesn't even have the time or patience to look for a proper 110, perhaps a 25 year old Land Rover is not for him.

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Old October 25th, 2011, 10:04 AM
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I actually don't offer the service being sought here, but appreciate the great references. I would like to clarify what I do. I prefer that buyers find their own truck and make that decision on their own. I can offer help and advice during the purchase transaction ( to include what's legal and likelyhood of succesfull entry) but my services kick in once a purchase has been made.

I am given an address, or often just a phone number, and handle everything from that point onwards and hand over the keys of the truck just having cleared customs or delivered to your destination whether that be East coast or West.

I distance myself from the sale so that if any misrepresentations are made by our anglo bretheren I'm not perpetuating those in conversations with a potential buyer here. I have imported hundreds of trucks @ this point averaging 6-8 per month and have evolved the process based on experience in dealing with these UK dealers, ebay sellers, ports, and shipping lines. I only ship ro/ro when asked to do so, or if shipping from a unique port like Amsterdam or Zebrugge, as fuel costs have pushed the cost of ro/ro to quite close to what 1/2 a container costs and the risk for theft @ the port or nit picking by customs is higher ro/ro.

Recently I handled an import into Galveston for a member of this forum that shipped ro/ro. When the truck arrived it had been stripped of many parts to include large items like winch bumper.headliner etc. These thefts happened on the quay within the "secure port of Southampton" and would never happen in a container scenario. I tailor what I do to a clients desires and offer my advice as far as known issues with a given port or shipping line based on recent experiences. Containers offer the ability to bring parts for your purchase over with the truck. In the case of one recent entry I had 1250 manifested items inside a 110. This can't be done ro/ro as the only loose items permited inside a vehicle are the spare and associated items like jack and lug wrench. I'm happy to offer advice on different dealers within the UK as I have dealt with most of the regular players. While I won't find a truck for you, I will steer you away from disreputable sellers. Thats part of the value I try to add and many seem to appreciate.
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Old October 25th, 2011, 10:24 AM
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Tough crowd as usual. Doom, gloom, and conjecture...

Thanks for the recommendations all. I will be forwarding info on.

And when I said we don't have time, we are both service members and Uncle Sam keeps us hopping.
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@Rivermike - that's a nice looking 110 build....especially those quilted leather seats (are those an Exmoor item?).
Those seats are made by my local trimmers, not an Exmoor kit, although I have seen them advertise a similar pattern on their Trakker seats.

We always have a selection of 90's, 110's and 127's in LHD and RHD, check inventory on my website.
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If i can help at all let me know! from a UK perspective were seeing all our early 90's and 110's going for silly money to rich yanks!

I must admit i've sold a few to the guys from the Netherlands, they come in droves to buy up all defender parts. IMHO i'd want a galvy chassis at least as most 25 year old defenders are ripe!
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Old October 25th, 2011, 04:01 PM
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I know this is straying from the thread a bit, but what does the situation look like for 130s? I'm looking for a cab & chassis or a utility body.
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Old October 25th, 2011, 04:37 PM
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There were not many 127 ( as they were called) sold and even less of them survived.... They hardly ever come up for sale.... I might have a lead on a rhd 1986 127, pretty rough though needing full restoration but it is a runner.
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Old October 25th, 2011, 08:11 PM
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Wow, so ROWs have turned to gold in the motherland as well? Funny. I knew I should have put all those 130/110/90s I ran into in the middle east into my containers instead of Uncle Sam's gear... Could have bought them for a song. Speaking of which, wonder how hard it would be to import from former UK colonies...
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