Originally Posted by Santana
That sucks, one the plus side, there will be guys who want it bad enough to import one, which brings to mind Hennessey Performance... if there's any shop that will import and tune one... it will be them.
hennessey is a waste of money imo..
Originally Posted by BahamaTodd
Only vehicles that have been certified for use here can be registered and driven so a it can't be legally imported. (Well it could, but you have to wait until a car is 25 years old to import it). You would have to buy a Chevy SS and import the Ute body and swap the components.
that's the only option if you want a new one. too bad chevy priced the ss into the stratosphere.
but if you look through that lefthandutes site, they've done plenty of older ute conversions based on the g8 or gto platform.
i looked into it right after pontiac folded, and they were quoted in an article saying that the conversion costs about $30k, assuming they can locate a salvage-titled american car for the base of the conversion.
Originally Posted by Colin
Only ute style vehicles except the el camino that I have heard of actually selling have been in australia.
mexico has some successful lines(tornado), as well as south america(lumina). but none meet US safety regulations, so you either need to wait 25 years, or you can try to import just a chassis, and then motor-swap it and title it as a kit car.