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Importing Non Road Worthy Classic Car

Sorry folks, another car importation query... But with a slight twist....

I am considering buying a non road worthy classic car from Germany as a restoration project.

I'm familiar with the normal importation process for a "legal" vehicle from a tax point of view but is there anything stopping me importing a basket case on a trailer?

Any ideas?
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Old 16.09.2015, 18:21
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Re: Importing Non Road Worthy Classic Car

It is not compulsory to have a road worthy car here.


For example if your car fails one of the regular tests then you can hand in the number plates and then repair it at your leisure or sell it or simply keep it - so long as it is not used or stored on a public road


If your plan is to fix it and make it roadworthy then it is not clear if that would be accepted here; there are some funny rules around. For example "
Seit dem 1.1.1998 können zum Beispiel in Deutschland sowie in einigen anderen EU-Mitgliedstaaten nur noch neue Personenwagen mit EU-Typengenehmigung in Verkehr gesetzt warden"

Lot of detail here; I have not read it all so whether your case is covered I am not sure but certainly a lot of info.
http://uscc.ch/de/index.php?file=tec...%20von%20Autos

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Old 16.09.2015, 18:33
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It is not compulsory to have a road worthy car here.


For example if your car fails one of the regular tests then you can hand in the number plates and then repair it at your leisure or sell it or simply keep it - so long as it is not used or stored on a public road
I agree with this. There is no legal reason why you can't store non roadworthy cars on private property.

Also bear in mind that laws on this are stricter than in the UK. So if for example oil leaks out of a stored car you can stil be held liable for pollution, or if you're renting a garage the owner may hold you accountable for the damage. In some areas zoning laws may also prevent you from parking cars in your yard, even if they are clearly off the highway. Thus, covered storage is advisable. Consider these aspects carefully and take remedial measures if possible.
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Sorry folks, another car importation query... But with a slight twist....

I am considering buying a non road worthy classic car from Germany as a restoration project.

I'm familiar with the normal importation process for a "legal" vehicle from a tax point of view but is there anything stopping me importing a basket case on a trailer?

Any ideas?


I believe that you have to pay import duties, even on a non runner. I know for certain that even if you bring just bits of it you will pay duty on the purchase price.


You can store an unplated vehicle on private property. You may have Neighbors complain if you store it outside (never a good idea anyway if the plan is to restore the car). Aside from any environmental concerns you do need to take measures to eliminate or catch any fluids that drip onto the ground/floor. If you go to any of the classic car shows, or look on ebay you can pick up drip pans which are about 80x60x1cm.


Planning to do the work yourself? PM me. I am slowly getting to the end of a 1968 Jaguar 3.8s, and can help with sources for blasting, powder coat, plating etc.
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Re: Importing Non Road Worthy Classic Car

It might be a good idea to google whether there are any clubs of enthusiasts of your model or type in Switzerland. Besides thîs being a good opportunity to make friends who understand in your suffering, you may learn useful things to your advantage and save yourself from repeating the expensive mistakes of others.
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Re: Importing Non Road Worthy Classic Car

Hi all, thanks for the info.

I am fortunate enough to have a large private garage, oddly with a sprung floor so don't want oil all over it. The vehicle is a Series 2 Land Rover. They leak like a sieve but if reassembled "better" are as clean as anything from the late 50s. I have a lot of experience with these things from my time in the UK so not worried about the technicalities....

There isn't a big Landy following here but am a member of a couple of "active" forums. Have posed same question there but nothing back yet.

@ JagWaugh, thanks for the tip on blasting etc, I may well ping you when the time is right. Do you know a decent engine shop (gas flowing, crank / flywheel balancing). Happy with gearbox builds but hate engines.

Anyway, thanks again to all for the input.
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Re: Importing Non Road Worthy Classic Car

By a strange turn of events a suitable vehicle has popped up near Luzern. Failed clutch bearing.

Does anyone have a clue if the "restrictions" (bottom left of attached image) added to the license document are permanent or can they be removed once proved to me made good.

My German is ok but don't really understand the first restriction.

Any offers?

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Does anyone have a clue if the "restrictions" (bottom left of attached image) added to the license document are permanent or can they be removed once proved to me made good.
Long story short: the car was not registered as a car, but as a tractor ;-)

No, I am not making this up. That's why it is limited to a speed of 30 km/h.

Changing the vehicle class is something so specific that I suggest you'd check with your local authority, Strassenverkehrsamt.

P.S> THe first one you did not understand is simple: you get two seals on the gear box to ensure you don't open it and make the car go faster than 30...
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Re: Importing Non Road Worthy Classic Car

Oh, I've always wanted a tractor .....

Ok that's very useful info, many thanks. I will check with the official channels.

I've rebuilt a few of these things, I wonder how they "hobble" the gear box.

Well, I'll have a poke around it at the weekend and let you know how I get on.

Thanks again.
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I wonder how they "hobble" the gear box.
I guess the seal placement gives a hint

1) one seal at the gear reduction
2) one seal at an electronic rev limiter
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