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I've been looking at buying a 105 for some time now, and prices seem to fluctuate hugely, but one thing I can't get to the bottom of is whether UK delivered vehicles are considered better/more expensive/more genuine than South African imported vehicles? I assume UK delivered is better, as they have rolled off the Italian production line, whereas imports are CKDs.
 

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I’ve got an SA import 1750GTV and i challenge anyone to find a less molested example - never been painted or welded and only done 60k Kms, HOWEVER, I’ve seen some absolute horrors listed as being minters from SA! If you’re going to buy direct you either need to trust the person you’re dealing with, or go and look at it.

I‘ve also seen UK delivered cars during restoration which are an absolute patchwork of repairs on repairs, which would end up fine if done properly, but could also be lashed up and hidden under loads of filler.

My advice would be to buy the best car you can find for your budget, regardless of origin or LHD/RHD, which you inspect in person and compare to your skills if it needs work.

Bodywork will bleed you dry if you have to outsource it, mechanical work seems to be easier for most, especially when you consider the excellent part supply.

Same car, same condition, same price, but one is UK and one is SA - I’d go UK, but that is the only scenario I’d automatically discount in import over a domestic market car.
 

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Setting aside the SA question, the variation in value will depend on model year. It seems S3 Spiders are the lowest prices. Good S2 slightly higher than S4. S4 have fuel injection, power steering, electric windows etc. So from that point probably easier to relate to a modern car, but with added items to go wrong. An S2 is totally analogue and so will give you a more classic car experience. At some stage only LHD cars were imported into the UK, conversions being done to RHD by 2 suppliers whos names elude me. Some of those conversions were better than others.

I do know someone who has a Giulia Super from SA, its a lovely little car. Then I have seen at a 105 specialist a Giulia Super from SA which on the surface looked clean, but was a dogs breakfast underneath. The 105 specialist had nothing to do with the import, just carrying out work for the owner.
 

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Friend has an SA Alfetta which is spotless but needs serious rustproofing to keep it that way, paint is very thin in places; as above find the best you can, don't worry about where it came from, the market is fickle, the S3 is best value as you still get all the 105 character without paying massive price but all the RHD S3's are after market converts which can have their problems, fixable but not cheap. Sadly there are still blown over rot boxes out there, just need to be really careful and preferably take someone who knows their 105s or make sure the car has a comprehensive history or resto file .
 
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