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Classic Car Exports to the Middle East

At West Coast Shipping, we believe that keeping international car traders up to date on trends is another way in which we can help grow their business. With our access to US international car shipping data, we are able to analyze and inform dealers of upcoming changes in the global automotive market.

Which is why we are happy to report that we are seeing an increasing trend of classic cars being shipped to the Middle East.

Why is there increasing demand for classic cars in the Middle East?

The astronomical growth in classic car values continues to attract everyone from car enthusiasts to investors and collectors. According to the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index, classic car values have increased by 16 percent in 2014, and by a whopping 487 percent during the decade.

People are also growing fond of classic cars through motorsports in the region. Since the introduction of the first Middle Eastern Grand Prix in 2004, many have aspire to own a part of automotive history.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a thriving classic car culture, and several classic car models are popular imports to the country. Here are some classic cars that are often sought after and imported to the UAE:

  1. Mercedes-Benz SL-Class: The SL-Class models, such as the iconic 300SL and later generations like the 190SL and 280SL, are highly sought after in the UAE for their timeless design, luxurious features, and reputation for quality.

  2. Porsche 911: The Porsche 911 has a strong following worldwide, and the UAE is no exception. The classic air-cooled models, such as the 911 Carrera and 911 Turbo, are particularly popular among collectors and enthusiasts.

  3. Chevrolet Corvette: The Corvette is an American classic known for its powerful performance and distinctive styling. Classic Corvette models, like the C1, C2, and C3 generations, are frequently imported to the UAE.

  4. Ford Mustang: The Mustang is an iconic American muscle car that appeals to car enthusiasts globally. The UAE has a significant appreciation for the Mustang, and classic models like the first-generation 1960s Mustangs are highly sought after.

  5. Jaguar E-Type: The Jaguar E-Type is regarded as one of the most beautiful cars ever made. Its sleek design and powerful performance have made it a highly desirable classic car in the UAE and worldwide.

  6. Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow: The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow is a classic luxury sedan that exudes elegance and refinement. It is often imported to the UAE for its prestigious brand heritage and luxurious features.

  7. Ferrari Dino: The Ferrari Dino is a classic sports car renowned for its exquisite design and exceptional driving experience. Its limited production and association with the Ferrari brand make it a popular import choice for collectors in the UAE.

  8. Aston Martin DB5: The Aston Martin DB5 gained fame through its appearance in James Bond movies, and its classic design and British craftsmanship have made it highly sought after in the UAE's classic car market.

  9. Volkswagen Beetle: The Volkswagen Beetle, with its iconic design and nostalgic appeal, has a dedicated following in the UAE. Classic Beetle models, such as the early air-cooled versions, are popular among collectors and enthusiasts.

  10. Land Rover Defender: The Land Rover Defender, especially the early Series models, has a strong presence in the UAE's classic car scene. The Defender's ruggedness and off-road capabilities make it a favorite among adventure seekers and collectors.

What are the top Middle Eastern markets for classic cars?

  1. Saudi Arabia
  2. United Arab Emirates
  3. Kuwait
  4. Qatar
  5. Bahrain

Next week, we will look into the specific laws and regulations for importing cars into each of these countries.

Where to purchase classic cars in the US for export?

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Shipping International Classic Car Handbook