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    Default Importing a 7 from the UK

    As I am new to this site and without a 7. I am wondering if anyone has attempted to import one from the UK? Are there any glaring pitfalls?


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    Welcome to the forum.

    Post 13 on this thread will steer you in the right direction.
    http://www.usa7s.net/vb/showthread.p...ghlight=import


    Then for forum members, Bigdog, has imported one from Germany fairly recently so he will be a good source of information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by croc View Post
    welcome to the forum.

    Post 13 on this thread will steer you in the right direction.
    http://www.usa7s.net/vb/showthread.p...ghlight=import


    then for forum members, bigdog, has imported one from germany fairly recently so he will be a good source of information.

    Cheers
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    I am in preparation to export a 1962 Lotus Super 7, SB1497; so far seems pretty straight forward on this end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by super7guy View Post
    I am in preparation to export a 1962 Lotus Super 7, SB1497; so far seems pretty straight forward on this end.

    Wayne
    Wayne,

    Because it's more than 25 years old.

    Been there, done that.

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    Not sure that the age makes a difference for the export. Shipping company only wants Bill of Sale and Title docs.

    There may be difference based on age for import into the UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by super7guy View Post
    Not sure that the age makes a difference for the export. Shipping company only wants Bill of Sale and Title docs.

    There may be difference based on age for import into the UK.

    If it's under 25 years old and not on the NHTSA non conforming list, it can't be brought in to the country legally.

    See the attached two links for all the details:

    http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/import/

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    http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/impo...ges/page2.html

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    Aside from Mike (Croc's) very detailed explanation of potential issues, I'll add some more mundane stuff....

    UK prices seem quite firm at the moment - some people in the UK have complained that there isn't much choice in the used market, so decent examples are going to be priced accordingly. That said, we are now at the end of the blatting season, so maybe prices will soften. This is the site with the most cars for sale Is a right hooker going to be ok, or do you have a specific LHD car in mind?

    It is going to cost you money to exchange cash into GBP and get the car shipped 3 times (seller - port - your place). Have you ascertained how easy it will / won't be to register a Caterham in your State?
    Steve.
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    SV Supersport Caterham 1.8 Rover K (sold after 13 months of ownership ahead of moving out to the US)

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    So, what if you imported a Caterham, Westfield etc. that's less than 25 years old from the UK and shipped the drivetrain separately to the US? And NOT in the same crate. Has anyone done this? The other link was kinda vague about this. Would the same rules apply that apply to new lotus 7 kit cars? Does anybody have a government link that explains importing kit cars?
    Last edited by Buffalo MIke; 09-27-2015 at 10:37 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buffalo MIke View Post
    So, what if you imported a Caterham, Westfield etc. that's less than 25 years old from the UK and shipped the drivetrain separately to the US? And NOT in the same crate. Has anyone done this? The other link was kinda vague about this. Would the same rules apply that apply to new lotus 7 kit cars? Does anybody have a government link that explains importing kit cars?
    Once a car has been built, it is a built car and cannot be undone. You may be able to sneak it past Customs, but is it really worth the risk? Keep in mind the cost of partial dismantling, crating it all up, separate shipping of the crates (including pick up and delivery) and then reassembling it here. Doubtful you would be saving anything and could have the whole car siezed or denied entry.

    Oh, and possible criminal charges for claiming the car as something it isn't. Other than all that, give it a try and let us know how it works for you.
    Last edited by lucky dawg; 09-28-2015 at 09:56 AM.
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