Tip: don't move to Europe.
If you’re a fan of the Chevrolet Corvette and/or Camaro and haven’t already bought one (or both), then you’d better act fast - assuming you live in the UK or mainland Europe. The UK’s Motoring Research has kindly posted a reminder that neither Chevy sports car will be available new in the island nation after August 31, 2019 because of new EU emissions rules. The 6.2-liter small-block LT1 V8 that powers both is the culprit. Only V8-powered Camaros are imported.
There is just one authorized dealer who sells both cars new in the UK, Ian Allan Motors of Virginia Water. As we all know, the C7 Corvette is about to be permanently retired but we don’t yet know whether its C8 successor will meet those strict new emissions regulations. Chances are it will. Unfortunately, the Camaro is not in the same situation. The sixth-generation Camaro won’t be replaced anytime soon. Its most recent update was for this year.
According to CarGurus UK, the Camaro tops the list as the "most desired” used car, beating the likes of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, BMW 8 Series, Ferrari 360 Modena, and Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit. The Corvette, however, didn’t make the list. Once the sales ban takes effect, Camaro seekers who missed out on a new one will have to settle for a used model. A new Camaro begins at £39,995 while the C7 Corvette gets underway at £67,000.
"We’re thrilled to be able to offer the last opportunity to own a piece of history in Corvette and Camaro,” said Paul Allan, chairman of Ian Allan Motors. "Both models offer incredible value compared to many mid-market and commonplace sports cars, yet carry Chevrolet’s legendary 6.2-liter V8 block, which is arguably one of the world’s most successful performance engines.”
However, it should be noted that in February 2018 we reported Chevrolet sold precisely one car in the UK the month prior. Which one exactly remains unknown. Also important to know is neither the Corvette nor Camaro is converted to right-hand drive for the UK. The Ford Mustang, however, can be had in right-hand drive. Just saying.