Yeah, but most of them are used as Taxis, and get run into the ground body wise. So once they're done, there isn't much left.
One of my workmates bought an ex-taxi sedan for his daughter. On LPG, $400. Squillions of kms. We were checking it out at work, and as the mechanic closed the rear door, it cracked the paint on the dog leg behind it. On closer inspection, the entire section was made of filler.
I'm sure we have a very similar requirement for age - though there is a place in Melbourne that would buy in new Mustangs and convert them to be registered here. (Add $120k to the purchase price though). But if it was just imported as a static piece and you could garage it until it was able to be registered, then that might work, but of course ha, "space to store it".:lol:
There is a reason they've been popular as taxis though. The I6 motors are near bulletproof, as long as you follow the instructions on the packet. They do millions of KM, and very rarely get switched off.
The new Mustang is available through dealers now, but there is a company in Melbourne http://www.mustangmotorsport.com.au/ who have been bringing in Mustangs of all generations for years, and converting them to RHD, getting them engineered, complianced, and selling them. Either people could order a new Mustang in the US, option up what they wanted, and have it shipped to Mustang Motorsports to be done, or they had a list of cars available, and you could buy one already done. But the work added about $100k to the price of what they could be purchased for in the US.
I see in the sales list currently they have a 2014 Viper GTS available. For $285,000. A 2012 Shelby GT350 for $225,000.
So I guess they will continue to serve the higher end of the enthusiast market that want models that are not available here officially. Maybe now you buy a new 'stang and drop it off to them to "turn it into" a GT350 instead of them bringing it into the country. Or they'll continue to branch out into other cars not on the market here.
I'd happily take any Mustang from the late 2000s on. Dad wants one of the very early convertibles.
There was a waiting list of a year, when the first new ones began rolling off the ships here. I don't know what the wait is like now for a brand new one.
When/if I add one to my garage (because I have no intention of parting with the XR6), I'll likely do as I did with the XR6 and get one near new instead of new, letting someone else take the biggest hit on depreciation, and hopefully they will have dealt with the majority of any new car problems. I see on the Aussie Ford Forum I'm a member of, that quite a few people are having panel alignment and paint issues.
All this green Mustang talk in the 2015/2018 Mustang thread made me want to share this one car I see at work all the time, but I can't take picture of due to where its parked. But I just found it online.