California Connection
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Customer Testimonials and Gallery

Just a short note to put on record my sincere thanks for an excellent customer service experience!

When I first contacted the professional shippers recommended to me they were helpful and efficient - until I explained that my car was a 60 year old MG TD rolling chassis with many bits!

The reply was "we use an open transporter so everything has to go in the car”! When I explained this was not possible and I asked could I pay them to bubble wrap and pack the parts separately the answer was a very short “NO”!

At this point I was very much between a rock and a hard place as the owner could not do this and it seemed nobody would help me. Then I found your company The California Connection.

When I made the call and explained my predicament, to my utter surprise and delight the answer was “yes, no problem, we will wrap all the parts separately and then photograph them for you”!

Amazingly that’s exactly what happened - my car was packed and collected. I am pleased to say it arrived within the promised time, with my car perfectly intact and with ALL the loose parts as well, nothing had been lost or damaged.

Having been in the retail industry for many years, you get to appreciate when somebody goes that extra mile for you. The service I received from your company was outstanding!

Finally, if anyone is considering importing a pre-loved and cherished vehicle, I would highly recommend they use the services of someone who cares - ! The California Connection”!

Many thanks and kind regards,


Mike Hutchin
Before & After:
I have used the services of import companies for the last 5 years but through my experience I have found California Connection to be the best by far. Steve does an excellent job of making sure my vehicles are collected promptly in the USA and Miranda is great to deal with when it comes to arranging collection in the UK. I have also bought classic Volkswagens they have sourced for me for a fair price.
Thanks for an overall excellent service.


Rich Booth - Nottingham
Remember this? It's that great '56 f100 I bought from you and here it is now fully restored by Staffordshire Minors looks great doesn't it.

Triumph Bonneville T140E

I was just looking at your website (always looking!) and I noticed you have some photos submitted by happy customers. I have attached a picture of my T140E which I bought from you at the beginning of 2011.

Restoration is as always an ongoing business but the bike is on the road and has just had it's second MOT since I've had it. The T140 was a bit more modern than I was looking for but I must say, I'm delighted with it because it is so very useable and quite easy to live with. I'm actually using it a lot more than any other classic bike I've had. Having such a completely rust-free bike was a great starting point for the project and the only major cosmetic work was to re-spray the tank, which was dented but not rusty. Doesn't it look great now?

Best regards,


P.s. I am keeping my eye on the red T140 you've had for some time. If you still have it come the winter, I may be looking for a winter project!

Thought I'd send some before during and after pics of my XR500 restoration that I bought from yourselves in 2005, finding nos parts was very hard but rewarding in the end as the finished bike is beautiful and very rare in this country.

I wanted one of these back in the eighties but as Honda never imported them here you have made my dream come true I hope you like it.


Close up Ski on bumper & Ski Car

I’ve been so happy with you’re service that I felt I should write to you and tell anybody that is considering importing a car
to read on....

...........I was given the telephone number for California Connection by a friend of mine who had also used their services and was most impressed. So I called their offices in Derbyshire, I told them that I needed a car that I’d just bought on Ebay shipping from Kansas City to the UK. They were very friendly and enthusiastic and assured me that they would sort it for me – and sort it they did. California Connection helped me every step of the way and explained how it would all work. I’ve never imported a car before and was totally clueless as to the procedure. California Connection makes an excellent team and imported my car without a single hitch, they were 100% true to their word, very professional and very reasonably priced.

I would have absolutely no hesitation in using California Connection again and recommending their services to anyone
wishing to import a car!

Thanks again to all at California Connection – you made my dream come true!

With Kindest Regards


Lisa Buckingham

Before & After:

Thanks for the great personal service over the years in helping me to buy and locate cars in
California and shipping them.

Here is a picture of a '69 i got shipped in from California before /after.

I would highly recommend this family business as their service is first class; they go out of their
way to help you out, not many shipping companies do that.

They will have my business for many yrs to come.

Regards Javed (


After Restoration:

This is just a quick note to say how pleased I am with the help and co-operation you and Steve
provided in sourcing a bike for the upcoming Farleigh Castle event.

Buying a bike from so far away and just having the photo's to view was always risky but Steve
thought it was a good bike and it has proved to be. I have stripped it for inspection and all is good.
All it really needs is a new pair of tyres.

I found a mouse nest in the airbox

I will definately be contacting you again for my next project.

Here are a few photo's of the bike, clean and ready to go........

Thanks again



Before & After:

I bought this 1972 wreck from you in October 2010. Look at it now!! It has been 39 years since I rode a bike like this
and it has been an absolute pleasure restoring it. It is, however, a little under-powered compared to my CBX!!

Thanks, Paul O'Neill from Gateshead


I used California Connection to ship over a VW splitscreen bus I had sourced
via the internet, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Never having bought a vehicle from abroad 
before I was unsure of the process and logisitics. I was guided through the whole
process by California Connection, who were forever at the end of an email or the
telephone with support and information throughout the whole procedure.
My bus arrived in good time and was waiting for me at their premises in Derbyshire.
The quality of the service offered was fantastic and I cannot praise the overall
package enough, indeed I am now looking for my next purchase. Many thanks to
the whole team on both sides of the Ocean!
Paul Wildgoose, Derbyshire.



As promised, photo of the T120 TT which i have now finished,
There was no hassle with registering at DVLA with the paperwork you supplied.
I would like to restore another TT if you could possibly find one.  Let me
know if you find anything. Thanks for your help.  

Stuart  Robinson

Before & After:


You may remember the TR3A which I bought from you in March 2009. I attach a
photo of the car as received and the restored car now!

Kind regards

Peter Mitchell


Before & After:


I have attached a before and after photo of the 1974 Ossa I had from you, this
was to start an obsession with Phantom motocrosses. 

Rob Hawkes


Before & After:

Hope you like the pictures. My 1968 Firebird as soon as the car is finished it
will be having a full feature with american car world. I will be putting your name
down and phone number for contact hope this is ok.
Many thanks talk to you soon


Before & After:
    Please click this image to enlarge

Hope all is well.

I bought a yellow Honda 400/4 from you back in September last year to
restore - all finished and done now - I have attached a photo below -
Well pleased with the bike and how it rides.

Justin Roe
Sandiacre, Nottingham

Before & After:
gt3 before image

Thank you for being so straight with me. I have  now completed my opel GT and
here are some pictures. And i should be seeing you soon.





Said I would drop you a line when I got the car presentable.

Well done for finding such a good car in the first place, for a 43 year old it was in great nick to start with.
A couple of days work got it through its MOT (Brakes) and the paperwork (as you promised) was straight forward.
It took 4 months to get it from green to Blue and white and looking as it does now…a lot of work but knowing the
car was basically very good spurred me on…

Thanks again, I have recommended you a couple of times, and if anyone asks you’ll get positive feedback from me..




Hope you are ok, and still finding gems of cars !!

Attached are finished photos of MG, just starting to enjoy driving it. Handles nicely but not very powerful !!!

Thanks for looking after me again, need a bigger garage if another project is attempted.

Cheers Richard


Thanks to all at california connection,very helpfull and a great service.Looking forward to buying
many more.Gordon (Manchester)

2 pictures enclosed

1 The day I collected from you, back in Sept 04.

2 The day before I finished the car and took it for registration Oct 07. Thanks again to California Connection for being straight with me.

I wish you well for 09.


Before and after!!

So Happy with this one and the service you supply, i have gone for 7 more VW's !!! I'm awaiting there arrival!

Mr John Massey of Hilton Derbyshire

Just wanted to say thank you for such a friendly and personal service whilst buying and shipping my quad bikes. A fast and knowledgeable service with no hiccups and at a very reasonable rate. So impressed am I, I have just bought my third bike with you and will be happy to buy more.

A pleasure doing business

Lee Bowyer Esq!!!

Very pleased with friendly customer service

Imported Californian car made excellent basis for restoration project

So pleased with first project car from California Connection, have returned for another one

TR6 has been returned to regular use. From "Richard near Leicester"

1965 Ford Mustang Coupe before and after purchased buy Dave Surry in West Sussex

Dodge Ram 2500 4x4, sourced and imported on behalf of Mr Ratcliffe,Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Healey 100/6

"and ran successfully down to the Le Man's, France"

R.Mullings Kent

Model A

"I have no hesitation in recommending the "user friendly" services of California Connection"

N. Davey West Midlands

MGB Roadster

"We have attended 2 shows already"

VW Pickup 1967 Shipped on behalf of a customer
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