Before starting though I do want to point out a couple of things, these cars are quite old, some probably bordering the classic realm in fact. They may not be to everyone's taste but they are proof non the less that cheap European cars are out there, from Darwin to Melbourne and over to Perth. My second point is that I'm not proclaiming to be a genius or messiah like figure by finding these cars, anyone can search Gumtree for goodness sake! I just hope that by putting a fair few together on the same page you can start to appreciate what sort of choice is out there, even at rock bottom prices.
1995 Audi 80 2.6E, $1450
1995 Audi 80 2.0E, $1000
1988 Mercedes E230 Wagon, $2000
1993 Mercedes E220 Sedan, $1500
1996 VW Golf 3 door, $700
Ok moving away from Germany, how about some rear wheel drive Italian flair? Yes old Alfa's are
1989 Alfa Romeo 75, $1500
1995 Peugeot 306 XR, $1950
1994 Peugeot 405, $1650
Lastly I have picked a Volvo 240, that just happens to be for sale up the road from me. The 240 is immediately recognisable as the archetypal symbol of Sweden's car industry. Even if you don't give a monkeys about cars there are some you will just know and the Volvo sits up there with the Mini and VW Beetle.
1984 Volvo 240, $1800
That beautiful Swedish box brings an end to my search, which by no means was exhaustive, there are Citroen's, Saab's and even a Range Rover out there for under $2000. I'm aware all the cars I've listed above will not be for sale forever and that rego's will expire. However, I hope it proves my point that picking up a bargain European car is possible in Australia and I for one am pretty dam pleased about that.
Photo's are the original (very red and silver) press release images from the manufacturers courtesy of Newspress