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I need some good advice on relocating from the US to Ireland, and what do do with the GT4.

For example, I am considering whether to bring my US-spec, LHD Cayman GT4. I expect that there is not much to do to the car to make it roadworthy in Ireland, and I understand that no VAT would be payable upon import because I have owned the car since November 2016, but could it be that the CO2 emission of the GT4 of 238 g/km would attract an annual road tax of €2,350?


Some have advised me to sell my US-spec cars and buy in Ireland, but of course the GT4s are no longer available. And there is also the concern that there are not many Irish roads on which I would want to drive the GT4. And there is not much in the way of track day culture.


There are, though, some cars that are sold in Ireland that are not sold in the US. Please give me your advice.
 

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I need some good advice on relocating from the US to Ireland, and what do do with the GT4.

For example, I am considering whether to bring my US-spec, LHD Cayman GT4. I expect that there is not much to do to the car to make it roadworthy in Ireland, and I understand that no VAT would be payable upon import because I have owned the car since November 2016, but could it be that the CO2 emission of the GT4 of 238 g/km would attract an annual road tax of €2,350?


Some have advised me to sell my US-spec cars and buy in Ireland, but of course the GT4s are no longer available. And there is also the concern that there are not many Irish roads on which I would want to drive the GT4. And there is not much in the way of track day culture.


There are, though, some cars that are sold in Ireland that are not sold in the US. Please give me your advice.
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Congrats on getting to go to Ireland, it is a great place, wish I could go too, I have some family I need to look up over there. As for the GT4 you are welcome to leave it at my house and when you move back to the US it will still be there, although I will of course put the required miles on it to keep everything in working order. I will park it next to my GT4 and take pictures and send them to you as postcards. :)

I think the answer really comes down to how long are you planning to live in Ireland?
 

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About ten years, until mandatory retirement there.

Another alternative I'm considering is leaving the GT4 near the Köln airport. There are cheap flights from Dublin and the drive from Köln to Spa and the Nordschleife is pretty short.
 

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About ten years, until mandatory retirement there.

Another alternative I'm considering is leaving the GT4 near the Köln airport. There are cheap flights from Dublin and the drive from Köln to Spa and the Nordschleife is pretty short.
If you trust where it is being left at or who it is being left with, then sure, but then again, there is a great track less than an hour from my house, fly-in here, pick up car, go drive, return and fly out. I should start a service or something... I need a bigger garage. :)
 

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I've been to England, Scotland, and Ireland a number of times. I love all three. Ireland is beautiful! I would love to live in Ireland or Scotland. Ireland is probably one of the prettiest places that I have ever been. Riding a motorcycle in Ireland is great but I wouldn't want to drive a U.S. spec car there. I've driven a U.S. spec car in England and Scotland. (I was in the Army in Germany and my wife and I enjoyed taking the ferryy to Great Britain. It was no picnic to drive a U.S. spec car over there . . . especially when you tried to pass . . . on a little road among the hedgerows.

By the way, there are quite a few roads in Ireland that are suitable for a Porsche. You just couldn't wring out a GT4 on any of those roads.
 

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This is an old post but interested to see what you decided,I’d have thought leaving such a great car so far away would be special the days you occasionally got to drive it but surely the pleasure is decideing I want to drive it now and just going outside.what a waste to have such a machine hrs away and at a large cost too.Ireland has some of the most spectacilar driving roads in the world as almost unknown.Killarney has roads to rival any Swiss mountain pass with a tenth of the traffic.We have one official racetrack in Mondello park and its prob only 3hrs drive from most parts of the country....

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