California Connection
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California Connection has been established for over 15 years in shipping classic cars and motorcycles. Father with his head full of knowledge after 40 years in the motor and motorcycle trade and specializing in what are now classics but were then cars and bikes of the time was retired and spending the winters in Southern California.

The eldest son had been forced out of a Grand Prix motorcycling career after an accident and the eldest daughter married a Californian. This seemed an ideal opportunity to search out and ship the "rust free" cars to be found in sunny Southern California.

Dad's expertise, coupled with the enthusiasm of the rest of the family, have enabled the business to grow, until now there are 60 - 80 English and European classics available in Derbyshire and 150 more in the yard in Ramona, San Diego County, awaiting shipment.

These cover a wide range, including American classics, muscle cars and trucks from the 1920's through to the 1990's. Almost all of these are offered in "as found" condition, catering for the enthusiast who wants to be able to see exactly what he is buying and do the necessary restoration himself. However, if a customer wishes, we can organize mechanical work and body restoration as required.

We also have a parts division, lots of "hard to find" parts for English, American and European classic cars and trucks. If we don't have the parts you require on stock, a phone call or fax to the San Diego office gets the piece sourced and shipped back to the UK.

Many trade restorers take advantage of this and the availability of truly rust free body-shells, which enables a restoration project to be completed with a genuine rust free shell, instead of a reproduction body. The average price of a 1970 MGB chrome bumper rust free shell is £1,500.

An ever- growing side of the business is sourcing and buying specific vehicles for customers. Unlike most people doing this who rely through necessity on agents and trade suppliers in the U.S.A. we have a permanent presence there. As a result, one of the recent finds was a 1930's Model A Ford and a 1960's Austin Healey 3000 BJ8. A, TR3A in need of full restoration, complete with a possum sitting under the bonnet!

As well as the regular finds such as MG, Jaguar, Fiat or Alfas, the car of your dreams can be found, inspected and assessed by an expert. The details are then relayed to the prospective buyer who then knows exactly what he is getting for his money, without the expense of flying 12,000 miles and attempting to find what he wants in a few short weeks of holiday.

Our 45 ft. containers are loaded in San Diego, once they have cleared Customs in the UK they are transported to Derbyshire where you can collect your car, or we can deliver to your door on our Ford F350 Tow Truck.

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If you are travelling from far a field why not take advantage of a stay in one of our holiday cottages over night whilst you check over our stock.
You could even bring the family take a break and enjoy some of the beautiful sites Derbyshire has to offer. Stately Homes, Dovedale, Goyt Valley, Alton Towers, close by for theme park lovers, or leisurely walks/bike rides.etc.
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Ramona our USA Base

Ramona is a laid-back cowboy town, approx. 39 miles north east of San Diego
A large percentage of the population still, wear cowboy boots and Stetsons,
(obviously not as big as the Texan Stetsons) and have the horses to go with the gear. It is great entertainment to watch the local rodeo, and soak up the slow pace of the town. However I must add, change is on the way, Ramona has started growing and with it the newer more modern buildings, and the inevitable "fast food" chains.

 

 

 
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