Shaun Baker, General Manager of Dutton Garage takes us through what the new law changes mean for the hypercar market.
Australia has recently received a stroke of luck for the hypercar market. Starting in 2019, Parliament has passed the bill to allow left-hand drive supercars to be registered on Australian roads. After reviewing the Motor Vehicle Standards Act, this new bill has been revised to accept importation of new cars from the UK and Japan. But what does this mean for Dutton Garage?
For many years, Australia has been one of the very few countries that could not have cars like the Ferrari LaFerrari, Ferrari Enzo, or the Porsche Carrera GT on their roads. This is because cars had to meet two of four criteria under the definition of a ‘specialist & enthusiast vehicle’. This new bill has been altered for cars to only meet one of six of the following criteria: performance, environmental performance, mobility, rarity, left-hand drive, or campervans & motorhomes.
Prior to the new bill passing, Dutton Garage has had the ability to source cars like the Porsche Carrera GT or Ferrari Enzo into Australia knowing that these cannot be registered on our roads. As many of these hypercars are built solely in left-hand drive, this was the main factor as to why they are purchased by overseas buyers. If an Australian customer were to buy this, they would only be able to enjoy this beautiful piece of engineering on the race track. This new bill is a pivotal moment for the Australian luxury car market, as there is a good chance this Porsche could now be seen on the streets of Australia.
Own a little piece of luxury
With Dutton Garage’s history of sourcing cars such as the Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder and the Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren, the streets of Richmond could be home to some new kids on the block. If you would like to help sourcing your own luxury car, please contact us for an introduction to Shaun Baker.