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Thread: Is there really no way we can import?

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    Default Is there really no way we can import?

    So few here, so many there...
    https://www.pistonheads.com/classifi...ultsPerPage=15

    Iíve read the threads in how it is impossible, but then I also read thread about the guy who just went ahead and did it without any problems.

    Anybody try lately?

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    You have read the rules I assume? 4 basic ways:
    1) 25 years or older
    2) race car
    3) show and display
    4) Federalize on import


    Any other way is going to be exposing you to risk. You can roll the dice and rely on being lucky but I don't think that is a good discussion topic for a public forum.

    Having imported more cars than nearly everyone on this forum, I would not roll the dice. I have always been subject to the optional special inspection. Given I did not take risks on my imports, I have always passed the inspections with flying colors. I like to sleep well at night.
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    Ok, I’ll let it go...
    thanks for the voice of reason

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    Maybe you should not? It could be entertaining to watch you roll the dice!
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    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
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    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    Croc:
    Dumb question, but what does it mean to "Federalize on import"?
    Do not pass go, do not collect $200, Go straight to Leavenworth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wemtd View Post
    what does it mean to "Federalize on import"?
    It means you use a US Government registered/approved agent to convert the car to be compliant with all elements of the US Government Federal rules for an automobile. So that means DOT standard compliant in everyway - bumpers, crash protection (including results of crash testing - minimum 2 cars destroyed in this - one front and one side plus may need an offset test with a third car), emissions, fuel tank, air bags, passenger ingress space, DOT approved lights, indicators, glass, instruments, soft materials, steering column, etc. Not going to happen with a seven. My Ferrari was a Federalized import in 1983 - still has the official badge from the process on the driver side door frame.

    There is a big out on this approach that many manufacturers take - You persuade the government that the car you are importing is identical in all relevant aspects to a car already imported/manufactured here as that has been approved previously for sale. Subaru follow this approach for some of their Impreza special editions where the body shell is the same and they up the hp to hotter and add lots of plastic aero things that millennials think look sexy on a car.


    Roadsterdriver has raised a fair question - there are many people who do bring in cars as "parts" but that is strictly forbidden as once the car is together (and road registered) then it is supposed to be imported as such not disassembled and imported as components. Given the forms require you to sign statutory statements of what you are doing then, if caught you have committed a Federal crime - financial penalties definitely and possible jail time await the lucky recipient. I think the Skyline GTR guys got 2 years but they had a repeated pattern. So maybe only 6-8 months of having a butthole that looks like the Japanese flag?
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    Mike
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    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    Or, just buy a 1995 or older.
    2012 CSR 260, registered as a 1966 Super 7

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    If a car is 25 years old or older would it need to be federalized?
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    Quote Originally Posted by coffee break View Post
    If a car is 25 years old or older would it need to be federalized?
    Nope. Unless you're in California.
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