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Old 09-09-2016, 10:16 PM   #1
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Ok guys so I've been getting the opportunity to drive some nasty right hand drive cars lately and I'm wondering has anyone attempted to convert there new edge to right hand drive


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Ok guys so I've been getting the opportunity to drive some nasty right hand drive cars lately and I'm wondering has anyone attempted to convert there new edge to right hand drive


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I have driven a right hand drive Toyota Soarer (a true Japanese import, not a conversion). I have also driven a few mail delivery vehicles. As entertaining as right hand drive may seem, it really serves no purpose whatsoever on American roads.

Why are American cars left hand drive? Why are European cars right hand drive?
The location of the average driver plays a large role in reducing head on collisions. Placing the driver of a passenger car closer to the center line allows the driver to better judge where the vehicle is at in relation to the road.

That is a simplistic answer in regard to the logic of why American cars are left hand drive.

In my personal perspective I would ask why anyone would want to perform a right hand drive swap on an American car? If I had a European show car I could see the appeal for having right hand drive. A right hand BMW, Porsche, etc adds a bit of authenticity to the vehicles origin. In my opinion a Mustang is a left hand drive machine designed in America. The Mustang is one of a few cars that are a true American icon.
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I saw a 67 fastback converted to right hand drive. The guy had a ridiculous amount of money in the car. Right hand drive is cool in the US, for what it is. But i wouldn't convert a car over. Thats a lot of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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Ok guys so I've been getting the opportunity to drive some nasty right hand drive cars lately and I'm wondering has anyone attempted to convert there new edge to right hand drive


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The New Edge cars that were exported to Australia are right hand drive. So you would just need to buy one and import it back to the states.
You would probably want to lose the goofy looking front bumper though...


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I have driven a right hand drive Toyota Soarer (a true Japanese import, not a conversion). I have also driven a few mail delivery vehicles. As entertaining as right hand drive may seem, it really serves no purpose whatsoever on American roads.

Why are American cars left hand drive? Why are European cars right hand drive?
The location of the average driver plays a large role in reducing head on collisions. Placing the driver of a passenger car closer to the center line allows the driver to better judge where the vehicle is at in relation to the road.

That is a simplistic answer in regard to the logic of why American cars are left hand drive.

In my personal perspective I would ask why anyone would want to perform a right hand drive swap on an American car? If I had a European show car I could see the appeal for having right hand drive. A right hand BMW, Porsche, etc adds a bit of authenticity to the vehicles origin. In my opinion a Mustang is a left hand drive machine designed in America. The Mustang is one of a few cars that are a true American icon.
Both BMW and Porsche are left hand drive in their country of origin... Germany drives on the right hand side of the road.

It's interesting that early American automobiles were largely right hand drive, even though it was the law to keep to the right while driving. This was a carry over from the horse and wagon days. Most people are right handed, so wagons were driven from the right hand side, that way the reins could be held in the left hand, and the brake could be operated with the stronger right hand. Also, roads of the day were largely unpaved, and muddy, so it was preferable to exit the vehicle on the right, stepping directly onto the sidewalk.
It wasn't until 1908, when Henry Ford introduced the left hand drive Model T, that the auto manufacturers began to build left hand drive vehicles. By the early 1920's, all of the vehicles produced in America were driven from the left side.
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The New Edge cars that were exported to Australia are right hand drive. So you would just need to buy one and import it back to the states.
You would probably want to lose the goofy looking front bumper though...


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Both BMW and Porsche are left hand drive in their country of origin... Germany drives on the right hand side of the road.
I thought about that after I typed it.
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I have driven a right hand drive Toyota Soarer (a true Japanese import, not a conversion). I have also driven a few mail delivery vehicles. As entertaining as right hand drive may seem, it really serves no purpose whatsoever on American roads.

Why are American cars left hand drive? Why are European cars right hand drive?
The location of the average driver plays a large role in reducing head on collisions. Placing the driver of a passenger car closer to the center line allows the driver to better judge where the vehicle is at in relation to the road.

That is a simplistic answer in regard to the logic of why American cars are left hand drive.

In my personal perspective I would ask why anyone would want to perform a right hand drive swap on an American car? If I had a European show car I could see the appeal for having right hand drive. A right hand BMW, Porsche, etc adds a bit of authenticity to the vehicles origin. In my opinion a Mustang is a left hand drive machine designed in America. The Mustang is one of a few cars that are a true American icon.
Not all cars in Europe are right hand drive? Only in the UK is it like this, I've driven almost every European car on the market and they were all left hand drive.
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The New Edge cars that were exported to Australia are right hand drive. So you would just need to buy one and import it back to the states.
You would probably want to lose the goofy looking front bumper though...
That included front bumper shenanigans lol. I believe they had to add those lights because of DOT rules over there. It just looks terrible though. Is that the infamous 2000 Cobra that had something like 200 made for export?
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^ 02 Cobra.


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That included front bumper shenanigans lol. I believe they had to add those lights because of DOT rules over there. It just looks terrible though. Is that the infamous 2000 Cobra that had something like 200 made for export?
Yep. That is it.
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^ 02 Cobra.


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I believe that the cars sent to Australia were 2000 MY. They were converted to right hand drive by a company over there, and then sold as 2001 MY cars.
2000 was the year that Ford elected to not sell the Cobra in the US due to the horsepower rating debacle in 1999. The Australians got the cars that were already built for the 2000 MY domestic market, and we got the race-ready Cobra R that year.
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100 units were built by Ford for Australia in 2002.


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100 units were built by Ford for Australia in 2002.


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You are correct sir.
It was the Cobras based on the 2001 year model cars that went to Australia to be sold in 2002.
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100 units were built by Ford for Australia in 2002.


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Technically, there are no 2002 Mustangs in Cobra trim. V6, and GT. There may have been a Bullitt, but I can't remember at the moment.

This left room for Roush and Saleen to show off what they could do.
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Technically, there are no 2002 Mustangs in Cobra trim. V6, and GT. There may have been a Bullitt, but I can't remember at the moment.

This left room for Roush and Saleen to show off what they could do.
The 2001 Cobra was the reason that there was no 2002 Cobra.
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Technically, there are no 2002 Mustangs in Cobra trim. V6, and GT. There may have been a Bullitt, but I can't remember at the moment.

This left room for Roush and Saleen to show off what they could do.
Australia was the only place to get a 2002 Cobra. Bullitts were only made in 01, 08, and 09.
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