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St205 in us

Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:35 pm

What would you pay for a legit st205 in California? Testing the waters.
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Re: St205 in us

Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:59 am

I'd be willing to pay whatever the going rate is in Canada. . plus shipping/misc. fees

I've seen some pop up in the past at a decent price but I have zero doubt that will increase once they reach their 25 year mark. .

Re: St205 in us

Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:27 am

FC Zach wrote:I'd be willing to pay whatever the going rate is in Canada. . plus shipping/misc. fees

I've seen some pop up in the past at a decent price but I have zero doubt that will increase once they reach their 25 year mark. .



I'm not sure about increasing by much. While it has its fair share of followers, the ST205 is not as popular as say Evos 3-7, STi, Supra, MR2, GT-Rs. etc. But I'm sure when more come statewide, they won't be that expensive. I'd estimate between $8k-$12k from privateers/small importers. JDM ST185s have gone as high as $8K. So not expecting ST205s to be too expensive. I've been looking at EVO III- VI from LH driving countries lately, and their prices are holding up well. I guess we'll see. LHD ST205s are rarer and more expensive. I'd go that route, but being priced out.

Got my ST205 lined up.

Re: St205 in us

Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:19 am

I’ve attached a picture of the car
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Re: St205 in us

Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:51 pm

How much are you asking for it? Looks decent. What Year is it? No other pics? Interior? Engine shots?

Re: St205 in us

Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:41 am

MADDTRD wrote:I’ve attached a picture of the car

Is this registered in California? I see Alaska plates.

Re: St205 in us

Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:19 pm

It a 1995 st 205 rhd yes built by Toyota for Alaska tag in glove box. I transferred to my name in ca just waiting for a rhd air box due to hks intake wont pass visual for smog. I’ve decided to hold onto it for now. Thanks for your interest. Good luck to all!

Re: St205 in us

Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:58 pm

That's pretty awesome. I have only heard of one st205 in California, but I don't know if it was fully street legal.

Re: St205 in us

Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:57 pm

GT4times2 wrote:I'd estimate between $8k-$12k from privateers/small importers. JDM ST185s have gone as high as $8K.


That's still more than they are in Canada, without even converting the currency. Be cautious going through an "importer" that bring them to the US, they seem to charge a premium just to fill out a form and drive across the border.

Re: St205 in us

Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:25 am

underscore wrote:
GT4times2 wrote:I'd estimate between $8k-$12k from privateers/small importers. JDM ST185s have gone as high as $8K.


That's still more than they are in Canada, without even converting the currency. Be cautious going through an "importer" that bring them to the US, they seem to charge a premium just to fill out a form and drive across the border.


I'm not paying anyone to cross the border with one illegally, and not paying any premiums they're charging desperate people that can't wait.
I'm getting mine from Europe. MY 1994. And I have a contact that's a Registered Importer in South Florida. Fee is reasonable. Just waiting for later this year (Nov-Dec) to process the shipping papers and should be here by Jan 2019. Legally and Exempt from EPA/DOT madness. I'm not losing my mind over those cars at this point (as much as I love them and as long as I have wanted and waited for them). I saved plenty of parts to build a conversion. Decided to wait for them to be legal, and will enjoy it when it's here. Plus it will be LHD, and I'll have plenty of spare parts. They're not that rare, and relatively affordable. Compared to Escort Cosworth and EVO V and VIs anyways. I did some cross shopping, and the ST205 is a relative bargain.

Re: St205 in us

Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:19 am

GT4times2 wrote:I'm not paying anyone to cross the border with one illegally, and not paying any premiums they're charging desperate people that can't wait.


I was referring to cars that are already US legal. Many "importers" are simply picking up mid-range cars in Canada (ie an R32 Skyline that isn't a GTR), doubling the price, and then selling them. Shipping something in from overseas is much more complicated and worth dealing with an importer for since they're actually doing something. I've had a few people tell me my RC is overpriced, yet I've seen several of them selling in the US for nearly the same money but with worn out old components.

Re: St205 in us

Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:36 am

underscore wrote:
GT4times2 wrote:I'm not paying anyone to cross the border with one illegally, and not paying any premiums they're charging desperate people that can't wait.


I was referring to cars that are already US legal. Many "importers" are simply picking up mid-range cars in Canada (ie an R32 Skyline that isn't a GTR), doubling the price, and then selling them. Shipping something in from overseas is much more complicated and worth dealing with an importer for since they're actually doing something. I've had a few people tell me my RC is overpriced, yet I've seen several of them selling in the US for nearly the same money but with worn out old components.



Ah, understood. Still won't pay them for that. I see what they go for in Canada, and have plenty of friends and family that could handle the transaction, as long as it's legal to import here. But it's a business. People will pay for what they desperately want, and aren't willing to do themselves. Can't blame the opportunists.

Re: St205 in us

Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:44 pm

True I suppose, with overseas imports there's language barriers and shipping and such, but if someone can't be bothered to see what a car costs in Canada and look up the one form they need to fill out it's really their own fault if they overpay.

Re: St205 in us

Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:50 pm

GT4times2 wrote:I'm not sure about increasing by much. While it has its fair share of followers, the ST205 is not as popular as say Evos 3-7, STi, Supra, MR2, GT-Rs. etc. But I'm sure when more come statewide, they won't be that expensive. I'd estimate between $8k-$12k from privateers/small importers. JDM ST185s have gone as high as $8K. So not expecting ST205s to be too expensive.


Since the initial flow of JDM cars from the 90s started about 5-10 years ago, prices have dropped dramatically for jdm cars. RHD turbo mr2's can be found for 2/3rd's of what LHD equivalent is. RHD supras have dropped dramatically from 20k down to the low 10's (and automatic TT is possible to buy for under 10k canadian), while LHD turbos consistently hit 25+. Long term, the ST205 will eventually drop in price after it's legal to be imported, but not as fast as cars with LHD equivalents. It looks like it's settled at around 5-6k Canadian here for the ST205.
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