By Jan Pettifor
My friend drove it up to Baltimore docks where it sailed on a roll on roll off ferry to Southampton. The crossing took about 10 days. I used a shipping company called Wallenius Willhelmsen. It cost approx £500 and for an extra £95 they sort out all the paperwork. They present the documents required to gain H.M. customs clearance to the local Customs House. The documentation is quite straightforward. They will not ship without the Title (proof of ownership). You will also need the Bill of Sale for the Customs Clearance. There are various docks it could of sailed from in the US. Wallenius Willhelmsen also ship into Liverpool. I paid the freight and import tax by chaps (clearing house automated payment system) and collected the Viper the day after it arrived at Southampton docks.
The Viper was already booked in for the SVA work to be done at a company called Amcar in Northamptonshire who my brother had recommended me to. They had the car for about a week and fitted side repeaters and rear fog light for me. The rear fog looks disgusting but apparently there was nowhere else for it to be fitted. The cost for this was approx £1300 but that included the SVA test itself and registration and one years tax. It was hassle free for me as you just drop the car off and a week later you pick it up all legal. Well worth the money for no stress.
It is easy if you have the money and the inclination and are organised to import a vehicle from the USA. The worst bit was the waiting as the excitement and anticipation built up all I could think about was the Viper. It is everything I dreamed it would be.