I am intrigued.
What is so special about the early Sprints that folk are prepared to pay very high money for what to us appears to be not much more than a chassis plate and a project which is going to cost an awful lot of money to put back on the road.
I have walked away from this car VA 1254 although its bodywork seems to be in much better condition than the photos of similar aged cars which appear on this forum.
It is finding the trim, bringing the car back to standard, bringing it up to a mechanical condition so that it can be re-registered for use on the road and then using it, wearing it out again, before the cost of fuel becomes prohibitive.
In this part of the world it is considered not worthy of doing much with.
Perhaps I should buy it, as is, and ship it back to where it came from.
Perhaps too, I should go and find VA 254, a car which too was imported second hand into this country and which it too has probably disintegrated and is not therefore worth restoring here.
People in the UK are used to looking at rotten basket cases and seem to be willing to devote large sums to getting them restored. Values also seem to be on the rise ATM, with a good Sprint fetching well over 12k UKP and an excellent one in excess of £20k Which makes them a more attractive proposal for resto, the cost of resto hasn't risen anything like as much as the final value.
I don't think it's the early Mimosa cars alone that are getting attention, ALL sprint prices have shot up lately. But the "first 2000" seem to be the most desirable and therefore command the best money at the back end. Personally, i'd prefer a later car with O/D, tinted glass and headrests as standard and a choice of colours, but what do I know?
I don't understand WHY the Sprint is so undervalued in NZ that a prime prospect like that would be ignored, perhaps it's rarity (Sprints were never sold there as domestic product) or the stigma of personal import (with parts access difficulties that engenders) puts off prospective buyers
looking at those pics, perhaps you SHOULD seriously consider sending them home! Better still with both if you can get 2 in a container! Worth finding out likely shipping cost certainly. Since both were previously UK registered, it SHOULD be possible to get their original registrations back.