Andrew H. Litkowiak andylit at runbox.com
Thu May 11 00:15:21 BST 2006

Unfortunately, local laws do trump Federal law if the local law is more restrictive.

People's Democratik Republic of Kalifornia is big on smog regs.

Geoff Kirkpatrick wrote:
> You need to be careful about California though.  Current law is that all
> cars 1976 and newer need to go through the smog inspection every two years
> (is that biannual or biennial? I can never remember), and that they need
> to have all the original US smog equipment intact or a DOT waiver.  I'm
> not sure how that interacts with the 25-year EPA waiver.  So a 1975 or
> older car should be a slam-dunk, but anything newer should be researched
> before you try to bring it to the Golden State.
> Regards,
> Geoff Kirkpatrick
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> Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 13:46:04 -0500
> From: Kent Kinard <kkinard at swbell.net>
> Subject: Re: [ROVERNET - UK] P5B in USA?
> To: rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com
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> geffandjulie wrote:
>>The P5B was originally produced in late 67. As of 1968, US smog and 
>>crash regulations came into effect, and the V-8 had not been tested for 
>>EPA emissions, etc. Thus, the only legal P5B in US then would have been 
>>a 67, and I do not know if any LHD were produced then. I believe that 
>>after 25y, the EPA requirements lapse, and antique, such as P5B can be 
> Geff and others,
> You are correct.  There is no difficulty importing cars twenty-five 
> years of age or older...just a lot of paperwork that must be done BEFORE 
> the car come in.  US regulations are not uniform with EPA, DOT, and 
> Customs all having different regulations, but past 25 everything is 
> grandfathered.  Unfortunately, cars that were brought to the US 
> illegally can never be grandfathered an will always be subject to 
> confiscation and destruction.  Just because a car has been titled and 
> registered by a state does not make it legal with the feds.
> Roverly,
> Kent K.

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