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Old 07-19-2009, 07:48 PM
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The same goes for Australia. We had the Fairlanes, Chevy, & Chrysler Family Cars. But we never had the T.Birds, Corvettes, or any other Sports Cars unless Private people imported them.

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Can you tell me WHY NOT
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:18 PM
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Can you tell me WHY NOT
Mainly because New Zealand and Australia are right-hand drive countries, and in Australia you couldn't register left-hand drive cars for road use, while in NZ you can only leave them left-hand drive if they're 25 years old or older.

We had American cars from the early days through to the mid 1960s, but as Chris said it was limited to mainstream family vehicles. This was because the cars were either shipped here built up, or sent knocked-down and assembled locally. For this to be economically viable (bear in mind that today, our total new car market is ony 90,000 cars per annum) only mainstream American cars were worth developing and building in right-hand drive.

Ford New Zealand's last volume model from the US was the compact Fairlane, 1962 to 1965. These were sent down in packs from the US and built right-hand drive here.

After that, Ford's big cars were Australian designed and sourced Falcons.

We got Mustang in very limited numbers (probably around a dozen) that were changed to right-hand drive (RHD) in melbourne, Australia, in the early 2000s. We never got Mustang prior to that, apart from private imports or dealers doing their own thing outside official Ford channels

We also had last generation Explorer that was built in RHD in the US for export, but that stopped two years ago as the current model isn't built RHD

Ford NZ also had a dabble in F150 trucks, which were shipped from the US in LHD, then converted to right hand drive in New Zealand. This was in the early 2000, and was a failure.

GM tried the same thing with Suburban and it flopped.

Today the only US models we get are Chrysler, they have been built especially for RHD export. This includes most Jeep models, 300C sedan and wagon, Voyager, PT Cruiser (no prowler, too low volume) Caliber etc

Almost all our cars are Japanese now, with the exeception of Chrysler, Falcon and Holden Commodore, and a few European and Korean offerings.

There are some brand new Camaros (2), new Challengers and new Mustangs, but these are either converted locally to right-hand drive, or stay left-hand drive. However, to be legal for use on our roads in left-hand drive, the importer must have used it overseas (US) for 90 days (And be able to prove it) and (i believe) and can't sell it for five years.

So, this is a very long answer to your question; in essence, we never got them because we're a right-hand drive only country, and we wouldn't sell enough Tbirds to make it viable for right-hand drive production

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o...i c....
thanx Alistair,

what bugger!
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It may have had a lot to do with the Tooling & the Cost factor. At the time we had the very popular Ozzie Car ,the HOLDEN which is still very popular to this day. The 1960 Holden at the time was $2,214 compared to the T.Bird $3,755 base price in the States. If it was sold here it would have been in excess of $6,000. There were 174,747 '60 Holdens made. We also had a lot of British Cars here, the sporty ones being the M.G. & the Jaguars. In the early '60s we also had the introduction of the Ford Falcon & the Chrysler Valiant which were similarly priced to the Holden.
The HOLDEN, FALCON,& the VALIANT dominated the car industry until the Jap Car Invasion in the late seventees.

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Thanks Chris!
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