We spend a lot of time moving around the world, and whether that’s driving to and from work everyday, or a six-month expedition along the Pan-American Highway, you can and should be on safari all the same. Safari is about voyaging always, whether in place or on the move, desert or city, work or play. It’s about the unparalleled power of departure and self-reliance. It’s a state of mind. It’s a way of life.
Too often we live from point to point. The lines connecting those points—the time we spend, the space we occupy, the movements themselves—become subordinated to deadlines, meetings, reports, arrivals, finish lines, to checkmarks on a list. At Dutch Safari Co., we are reclaiming the time and space in between the points. Driving should be an experience no matter where you’re going. What do you want that experience to be?
The rule with classic cars is that you either spend it now, or you spend it later two times over and are angry about it. More often than not, what seems like a great deal is actually a bunch of deferred maintenance. Curious what your money can get you? Here's a little guide.
Classic cars have a reputation for being unreliable and expensive, which deters lots of people, especially young people, from owning and driving their dream car. This reputation stems from 3 main factors: 1) the majority of classics cars for sale are Drivable Projects misclassified as Daily Drivers 2) neglectful ownership and 3) lack of integrity in the industry.
You hope the car made to the port but you don’t know and your flight is in a couple hours so it doesn’t matter anyway. So much for that vacation you wanted.
You wake up again to a phone call from Hans, and by this time you’re starting to feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, specifically the day where he stops giving a shit.
So you’re looking for your next classic. You know exactly what you want. You peruse Autoscout 24 and there it is, your dream car: a 1962 Renault R2087 Torpedo 4x4. The price is right. Only €7000 and it’s yours. Chips, you say to yourself.
Our first endeavor into the world of wooden boats
From the people who brought you the Muira, the Alfa Romeo Montreal and the Lancia Stratos comes a Daihatsu Rocky with a BMW engine. Seriously.
It's rare, it's got amazing 90s decals, and its engine is bulletproof.
Remembering our very first import, a 1988 Land Rover Defender 110
"And why is timeless stasis in this born mover as satisfying as timed motion, existence as delightful as development? Why is the moment before the start good as the moment after starting? All this is a mystery. You can say it is magic. So is a real Ferrari."
A gallon of gas cost 55 cents. The Dow Jones closed above 1000 for the first time in history. ABBA was formed.
This car is the reason we went to Poland. One year ago, we found it in the depths of the Polish equivalent to Craigslist. The seller, Kristoff, actually responded to our inquiry, which was a miracle in and of itself, but the bigger miracle was that he had a good friend in Chicago that he told us to call to ask questions about it since he did not speak English. We talked to her and the car sounded perfect: safari-ready, 4x4, manual, and none available in the States. We usually operate out of Holland on our buying trips, but we decided spending a month of winter in Poland sounded like a really good idea.
As importers of rare and sexy grey market vehicles, we tend to import cars with a strong demand in the US, or at least with brand familiarity. But as our European safaris have taken us farther and farther east, we’ve come across some interesting Eastern Bloc cars, which are a whole different kind of unique.
If you're here, you already know about the true automotive icon that is the Lancia Delta. Lancia used the 8V model to compete for a number of years, and it won a World Rally Championship in 1988. It is the grandfather of all modern rally cars, one of the first to have a 2 liter engine, turbo, and 4WD.
Day One goes smoothly. I buy a cowboy hat. Day Two starts early and by 10 am, I am in The Middle of Nowhere, an hour in either direction to the nearest town, when my coolant light comes on.
Go ahead and calculate how many hours each week, month, year you spend in the car. Maybe you commute every day and it’s a lot, or maybe not. Either way, wouldn’t you rather remember those hours? Wouldn’t you rather enjoy them? If you answered “No” to those questions, or if you’ve ever said, “Coors is my favorite, but Bud Light is good too,” or maybe, “Missionary is the only position I know!” then yeah, go ahead and keep your Prius. It’ll get the job done.
After driving five thousand miles through ten countries to find the perfect mix of originality, drivability, and pure sex appeal... we are proud to present the nicest collectable, classic, drivable Montreal currently for sale in the United States.