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Importing recently purchased classic car from US

Hi all,

I have just purchased a 60s Porsche in the US and having it shipped to Switzerland. It will arrive sans plates to Zug (arranged by the shipping company). I want to know what steps I need to go through to get it on the road (from customs, to boarder plates/insurance (allowing me to drive temporarily, to getting full insurance and Swiss plates). Also is there a special procedure for classics/Oldtimers?

I imported a similar car into Ireland a few years ago and it was very straight forward - but having been tripped up by Swiss procedures a couple of times since moving here, I want to make sure I get the steps right this time.

I would appreciate guidance from any members who may already have gone through this process. I understand there are lots of threads about importing cars (but all are either about importing personal cars, or new/used cars from green states).

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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Bump - any guidance greatly appreciated.
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Re: Importing recently purchased classic car from US

60 Porsche WOW!! No idea what hassle and costs involve ,but the fun you going to get definitely worth it.
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I would appreciate guidance from any members who may already have gone through this process. I understand there are lots of threads about importing cars (but all are either about importing personal cars, or new/used cars from green states).
No real need to bump. If you are not getting any answers, then maybe nobody reading the EF currently has ever done this.

My tip, talk to the authorities. This is not Ireland, though a German brand name, that is not a promise that stateside standards from a 60's US car is going to just "fit in" here without any changes. Talk to the MFK or Canton office for vehicle registration. Good luck.
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Re: Importing recently purchased classic car from US

Please search the Forum for "Importing car"

There are over 100 threads started during the past 12 months!

Which is why we are NOT going to type it all out again.
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Please search the Forum for "Importing car" there are many, many threads!
Are there?
Really?
People have imported cars before?

You'll be telling me the customs website is in english too!
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Re: Importing recently purchased classic car from US

Thanks Jumping Captain - I will reach out to the MFK and see what they have to say.

Thanks to everyone else for all the responses and the sarcasm.... it is greatly appreciated!!

Guess I will return to being a silent lurker on forum...
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Old 30.04.2013, 11:59
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Thanks Jumping Captain - I will reach out to the MFK and see what they have to say.

Thanks to everyone else for all the responses and the sarcasm.... it is greatly appreciated!!

Guess I will return to being a silent lurker on forum...
Your welcome.

If you have lurked long enough, you understand the sarcasm posts. Your choice.
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Which is why we are NOT going to type it all out again.
With respect, the poster isn't asking the standard 'how do I import a car' question. Having imported a classic car into the UK, and explored importing one into France, I am aware that countries often have different rules that apply to importing an 'oldtimer'. In the UK, they are exempt from tax and they do not need to conform to all the same safety & emissions regulations as newer cars.

For sure, what the original poster is trying to do is less straight-forward than importing a car with an EU certificate of conformity.

I was also interested in importing a vintage car from the US, and really struggled to find any information about the process. I don't know if that means there isn't a separate process for classic cars, or if I'm just not a very efficient searcher.

My German isn't very good, but I did a search in French. Here's what I turned up:

Importing a vehicle older than 30 years (Canton Vaud): http://www.vd.ch/themes/mobilite/aut...ules-veterans/

The experience of someone importing a vintage scooter: http://www.vespaclubgeneve.ch/forum/...mmatriculation

Basically, from my quick skimming of the documents -- the vehicle must conform to the original specification for all safety equipment, and you're limited to occasional private use (max 2000-3000km per year).
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Re: Importing recently purchased classic car from US

Thanks Village Idiot really appreciate your post.

The note from Canton Vaud is very helpful - and if confirmed by Zug it may make the process easier as I should be able to tick all the boxes with the car (assuming I haven't purchased a dud!!).

I have now committed to the purchase so the process has to be completed one way or another... I will provide an update once I am on the road (or updates if I meet any stumbling blocks) which will hopefully be useful for anyone else looking to do the same.

PS - All sarcasm aside, thanks Dodgyken, didn't know customs site was in English and knowing that is useful for understanding the costs.
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Basically, from my quick skimming of the documents -- the vehicle must conform to the original specification for all safety equipment, and you're limited to occasional private use (max 2000-3000km per year).
Only if it's on old-timer plates.

You certainly can register it on normal plates and use it normally.

A friend had a 356 here, no seatbelts, and normal plates, as does my wife's lawyer.

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Old 30.04.2013, 13:23
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I will provide an update once I am on the road (or updates if I meet any stumbling blocks) which will hopefully be useful for anyone else looking to do the same.
Please do, as I would be really interested in doing the same. I'm also in Zug.
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Re: Importing recently purchased classic car from US

Damon,

While I have never imported a vintage car to Switzerland, I do know that there were very few differences between EU market Porsches and US market models prior to 1969. My guess is that rather than vehicle modifications it will be more a matter of how much the Swiss will charge you in taxes.

By the way, from one Porsche enthusiast to another...let's have some details...and pics!
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Re: Importing recently purchased classic car from US

I am certain there is several car clubs be it be Porsche or old timer specific that can give you an answer. Have you talked to the shipping company ? many times they have tips and contacts just for this kind of thing.
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Hi all,

I have just purchased a 60s Porsche in the US and having it shipped to Switzerland. It will arrive sans plates to Zug (arranged by the shipping company). I want to know what steps I need to go through to get it on the road (from customs, to boarder plates/insurance (allowing me to drive temporarily, to getting full insurance and Swiss plates). Also is there a special procedure for classics/Oldtimers?
I don't know what shipping company you are using but there are companies which specialize in shipping luxury cars and they can handle all the paperwork for you as well.

Have you considered this option?
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Re: Importing recently purchased classic car from US

Shipping is 1 thing, then taxes need to be paid. If you want to drive the car it needs to be registered & thats where the fun & expenses start.

BTW how much did the shipping cost to Zurich?
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Import Classic Car USA to CH

Hello everyone!

I was hoping to get some info about importing an old, american classic car circa 1950-60's from the USA to CH. Does anyone have any experience with this, or can anyone give me any advice or more info about regulations, taxes, and fees? Thank you.
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Good place to start
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Re: Import Classic Car USA to CH

Look up some of the vintage car clubs. A lot of them are American Classics. They're bound to know all the facts, as well as where to get spares, right Garages etc.


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Re: Import Classic Car USA to CH

Hi there!

Depends - is it one you own already in the US or just going to buy it and import?

Did the latter last year (1969 911E) - importation is fine, whoever you get to transport car from US will handle customs etc aspect. You then get initial insurance to cover the car until registration is complete (insurance will want to inspect the car as well as part of valuation).

My car needed work before registration (thankfully known before purchase), and I am still working through this. I hope to complete the work and registration by early next month. Will update further once that is complete - the question for registration is whether you want to register it as an "old timer" or just regular car. Old timer typically means it needs to be in near concours and all original (new engine retrofits or whatever) but is worth the extra effort.
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