WARNING: The following tale of shysters is true. And by true, I mean false. It's all lies. But they're entertaining lies, and in the end, isn't that the real truth? The answer...is no.
So, I had my Bug trailered back from the mechanics from a Guy (he was literally called Guy). Very nice chap, with quite a bit experience of shipping old cars to and from Felixstowe port.
He told me about a couple of brothers from down Southampton way who had imported a "rusty" old splitscreen from Europe. It turns out it was apparently 'barely scrappable' yet the brothers had paid 5 grand for it. For anyone outside the VW scene, this seems crazy which I tend to agree with, but that's a whole other thread
Now, my trailer Guy asked what they had in store for the splitty. The bro's answer is where it gets worrying.
6 grand had sorted a deal with a group of Eesstun 'Uropeens
to fully 'restore' the camper to an apparent saleable condition. Welding, paint, engine, running gear - the lot. Oh and they had promised a 5-6 week turnaround. Don't get me wrong, I don't doubt this group's ability and skills. Yet, I don't see how 6k could get you anywhere near the parts and bits needed for a full ground-up splitty resto! That's not even mentioning labour. Let's just say, I doubt that they could do a showing winning resto for that money
The brothers who bought the Splitty chuckled when asked how much they would make when selling it on - *please see any for-sale-ad for a 'recently restored' Splitscreen Camper.
Now is that morally wrong or are they pragmatists just making money off a silly market?