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Thread: Is there really no way we can import?

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    Be careful - you should not mix Federal and State. Over 25 years and original engine configuration plus a chassis plate with date of manufacture on it then the Federal authorities (USCIS)will let the car in. EPA allows from 23 years. No Federalization needed.

    Once in the country then to title and register you default to the State regs. CA emissions rules are rather particular. There are a few year by year loopholes but they are very limited. You can pay for the car to be made compliant with CA emissions (more stringent than Federal requirements) - someone paid to do that on my 1982 Fiat - it still has the CA validation plate bonded to the frame. NJ has an onerous foreign country proof of ownership validation process to go through before you can title a foreign import (over 25yr) car in the state. I ended up going down a bonded title process for some cars simply because certain countries require surrender of the original title documents on exit of the country while NJ require the originals (which had to be surrendered on export....sigh...I hate bureaucrats). I like FL...no requirements whatsoever. Sensible politicians and bureaucrats.
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    Croc, don't start with the California slurs.

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    Really? A grey market 1982 Fiat? That one is not proudly displayed on your tag line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panamericano View Post
    Croc, don't start with the California slurs.
    I was not slurring CA at all. By all means take us through how easy the CA process is for getting an over 25 yr foreign import vehicle through emissions.



    Quote Originally Posted by panamericano View Post
    Really? A grey market 1982 Fiat? That one is not proudly displayed on your tag line.
    Its there. Its a Fiat when its misbehaving and its misbehaving.




    Did I pee in your cornflakes or something?
    Mike
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    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
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    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
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    Just kidding. So anyway, what kind of Fiat? 124?

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    LOL. Its a Ferrari when it behaves and its a Fiat when it does not. Fiat is the polite expression of a four letter word beginning with "F".


    I like 124s - sweet handling little things with lovely engines.
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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
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    The first second car we had was a Fiat 127. A sweet little drive. Not a sportscar, but huge value for the money.
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    If I was thinking of a new Miata, I would seriously consider the FIAT. It is SOOO much nicer looking. Down right pretty car. Too bad they didn't just change the body and keep the Mazda running gear. Then I really might want one.

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    I think we are thinking of 3 different Fiats, so for clarity:

    1. I was thinking of a 1970 Fiat 124 like this.




    2. Anker was thnking of a Fiat 127 like this (I think)




    3. Panamericano is thinking of Miatas - the current model Fiat 124 Spider






    All very attractive cars in their own way.
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    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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    Correct about mine. Its even the right color!
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    2009 Mercedes CLK 350 Cabriolet
    2017 Chevrolet Volt

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