I think we New Zealanders could do well by shipping back to the UK some of our Triumph vehicles which we regularly scrap here. The issues you have with unobtainable panels and rubber trim, such as the quarter light rubbers could be eased for you. I could find sets of doors, boot lids, boot floors and wings and bonnets. I could also find all the brake pipes which never rust here so that those of you who are desperate to restore something to the standard it left the factory could claim that it has been restored using all original material.
The Dolomite Sprint which I showed in “Buying British made items”
a few weeks ago sold here for less than £10,000. It was a very tidy Sprint. It too was all original except for the seat coverings which had been replaced with material which was almost identical to what was fitted when it left the factory. There was no rust in the body.
Even factoring the cost of shipping and the taxes which I presume would have to be paid on arrival in the UK, it would have been a bargain.
I stand by the comments I made elsewhere about the stigma associated with the BL range of vehicles when compared to Ford, a situation which is mirrored here too. Yes the Escort range of vehicles were sold here and yes they do fetch better prices but the most popular range of Fords here were all designed and built in Australia. Most folk at the time probably did not realise that the Escort range were sourced out of the UK. The Ford brand was then much more highly regarded (and still is to some extent) and like the Triumphs assembled here, those UK sourced Fords which were also assembled here were of better quality than those imported fully built up.
I have just located yet another Sprint sitting not 10 miles from here. I have enough projects sitting in my workshop just now without acquiring another. Somewhere too and not too far away is a Sprint VA 00254 DL, probably the earliest Sprint which ever made it to this country. It will be sitting in a shed somewhere where no doubt the mice are nestled in the trim living a comfortable life away from marauding cats.
Perhaps it too might fetch a good price in the UK in an as found condition for I doubt that it will have rusted like the Vermillion Sprint highlighted in this thread.