How to join the pony club
21 January 2005

You can now buy new Ford Mustangs in the UK, but if you want one you’ll have to pay plenty more than the equivalent US price. American Car Imports (americancarimports.com) had seven V8 GTs in stock when Autocar inquired, all were fully loaded and priced from £29k. Newport Imports (newport-imports.co.uk) and Europa SVT (europasvt.com) were offering manual and automatic Mustang GTs from £27,995. The cheapest new V8 we could find was a black GT auto from 51st State Autos (51stateautos.com) at £24,995.

However, you could save thousands by importing directly from the US, where a fully-loaded Mustang V8 costs $30,385, or £16,190.

Chequered Flag (cheq-flag.com), a worldwide car-shipping agency, will collect your new car from an American dealership, deal with all taxes and paperwork, and deliver it in the UK. The complete process would take a month and cost under £6k for a top-spec ‘Stang. Homologation is the next is the next step; Protechnical Ltd (protech-uk.co.uk) of Bristol has already modified several Mustangs for UK type approval and estimates the average cost to be around £1000 per car.

Buying one this way, a UK-legal V8 with every option fitted could be yours for under £23,000. Cheaper still is the entry-level V6; you could put one of these on your drive for just £15,000.

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