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Import a DeLorean? Am I insane?!?

I'll be leaving Florida for the Lausanne area in a few months. I currently own a 1983 DeLorean which I use as a weekend driver. Would it be crazy to try and import this car? My other options are to sell or store the car. I don't like the idea of trying to store the vehicle and plan for my relocation to be permanent, so would probably be selling the car if I don't import it.

Reading through the forum, I see people talking about a CoC from the manufacturer. Considering the fact that the DeLorean Motor Company went out of business almost 30 years ago, I don't think I'll be able to get one. Hopefully there is some way around this for exotic/classic/collectible/antique vehicles.

The feature I see people talking about having to change the most are the lights. This car just has standard sealed beam headlights, so I would expect there would be appropriate replacements available if any are needed at all. There is no center high mounted stop light.

Does the inspection include an exhaust gas analysis? If so does anyone know what levels they're looking for? The car is in good running condition with only about 27000km on it, so I'm not too worried. It would be nice to check ahead of time however.

I currently have declared value insurance on the car here in the US. This means that I have agreed with the insurance company ahead of time what the total value of the vehicle is. Is there such a product available in Switzerland?

The car has always been garaged, and never driven in the winter. In the US I rented places with a garage, is finding such a place in Switzerland unrealistic or exorbitantly expensive? My new job is a 10-15 minute train ride from Lausanne, so I would be renting in or just outside of Lausanne if it makes a difference.

A little background; DeLoreans were produced in Ireland for the North American market, they weren't sold elsewhere. There were a few hundred produced for Canada, and this is one of those. That means that the gauges are all metric. The car is new enough to have a catalytic converter, but not new enough to have a center high mounted stop light. They are two seat sports cars with three point harnesses and feature side impact door beams and crumple zones. The drive train is a Bosch fuel injected PRV(Peugeot/Renault/Volvo) V6 mated to a Renault transmission.

Sorry about the barrage of questions. Any info, thoughts, or opinions would be appreciated.
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I thought they stopped manufacturing them in 1982 ? My Father was an Engineer at the Dunmurray plant in Northern Ireland (different to Ireland )

I have loads of original pics and press releases and press kits...brings back memories, I used to go to school in one, 1979-1981.
I sold a press kit from the original launch, that had the cutaway diagrams by Collins, on eBay, reached £600.

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I thought they stopped manufacturing them in 1982 ? My Father was an Engineer at the Dunmurray plant in NI.

I have loads of original pics and press releases and press kits...brings back memories, I used to go to school in one, 1979-1981.
That's correct. They made them from '80 to '82, but the model years go from '81 to '83.
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That's correct. They made them from '80 to '82, but the model years go from '81 to '83.
Here is an image you won't find on Google, I have loads of unreleased stuff...

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Reading through the forum, I see people talking about a CoC from the manufacturer. Considering the fact that the DeLorean Motor Company went out of business almost 30 years ago, I don't think I'll be able to get one. Hopefully there is some way around this for exotic/classic/collectible/antique vehicles.
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Re: Import a DeLorean? Am I insane?!?

DO IT DO IT DO IT DO IT DO IT.

BTW there is a company in texas that still makes em . they bought up all the parts from delorean when they closed out and still to the day make new ones. I saw them on a car show on the nat geographic or something. Id be giving them a call as I am certain they make em for people all over the world



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BTW there is a company in texas that still makes em . they bought up all the parts from delorean when they closed out and still to the day make new ones.
This is them: http://delorean.com/

They're technically rebuilding old cars with NOS, reproduction, and improved parts. DeLoreans obviously wouldn't meet modern vehicle requirements without significant changes so they can't officially make new ones.

I toured the warehouse full of parts when they were still in Columbus, OH before the current owners moved it all to TX. It was impressive, they have a lot of inventory at reasonable prices.
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Re: Import a DeLorean? Am I insane?!?

but you could get some info on the car prob from them and /or a coc no ?

btw pics or you dont have a delorean
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but you could get some info on the car prob from them and /or a coc no ?
Maybe I'm unclear on what the CoC is for. I thought it was some sort of official form or document stating that it meets a particular (non-US) specification. I wouldn't expect the current DMC to know or have this, but I'll check with them next week.

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btw pics or you dont have a delorean
I'm not at home and don't have pix handy now, but I'll post some soon
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I thought they stopped manufacturing them in 1982 ? My Father was an Engineer at the Dunmurray plant in Northern Ireland (different to Ireland )

I have loads of original pics and press releases and press kits...brings back memories, I used to go to school in one, 1979-1981.
I sold a press kit from the original launch, that had the cutaway diagrams by Collins, on eBay, reached £600.
Maybe your dad could write him up the certificate necessary!

Or the OP could go back in time and get the certificate from the company!

(Sorry, I couldn't help it.... )
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Re: Import a DeLorean? Am I insane?!?

You're perfectly sane!
There's a number of DeLoreans in Switzerland.
Ask these guys: http://www.delorean.ch/ and see my hp: http://www.pfeffer.ch/hittnau2006.htm (you may locate the owner through the license plate).

A car or bike has to be at least 30 years old to get a (Swiss)registration as a vintage vehicle. A vintage registration restricts you to 3000 km/a year but you only have to show up for MOT inspection every six years.

See you at the next U.S. Car Meeting Mollis/GL in 2013.
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If I understand the process correctly, you should be able to do this but it will be a lot of work. You'll need to track down quite a lot of technical information in order to get your car registered, and you'll need to submit it for both emissions and technical testing, which can be expensive. If you can get in touch with the owners club, they can talk you through the likely modifications you'll need to make to the car and the process for importing it in the most pain-free manner.

It's like to be a labour of love -- it wouldn't suprise me if the whole process took 6+ months and cost up to CHF10'000, so before you dive in make sure you know what's likely to be ahead of you. Importing an older car like the DeLorean is much trickier than importing a car that was sold in the Swiss market.

Have a look at the Guide from the TCS for more information. Note that you'll need a noise control test (CHF 500) as well as a pollution test (CHF1'900), although you may be able to avoid the pollution test if you can produce the US EPA certificate. The guidance is that sports cars may require noise reduction work costing up to CHF1'200. You may also need to replace the tyres with those that bear a European 'E' mark.

In terms of a Certificate of Conformity, don't bother trying to search as this only exists for cars that were manufactured after 1994 and sold in the European market. No such certificate exists for earlier cars -- you'd need proof that the car conformed to Swiss regulations at the time, which obviously doesn't exist if the car wasn't offered for sale in the Swiss market.
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You're perfectly sane!
There's a number of DeLoreans in Switzerland.
Ask these guys: http://www.delorean.ch/ and see my hp: http://www.pfeffer.ch/hittnau2006.htm (you may locate the owner through the license plate).

A car or bike has to be at least 30 years old to get a (Swiss)registration as a vintage vehicle. A vintage registration restricts you to 3000 km/a year but you only have to show up for MOT inspection every six years.

See you at the next U.S. Car Meeting Mollis/GL in 2013.
Ignore all of the other importing information above which relates to newer cars, rpf is correct. You can import the car as an oldtimer (30+ years) as long as the equipment is original etc. And yes, you can not drive the car more than 3'000 km per year. It is good that there are a number of other DeLoreans in CH.

Since you are moving to Lausanne (canton of VAUD), you will deal with what we call the SAN (service des autos et de la navigation). It is located in the north part of Lausanne.

Here is the specific link you need. You can do a copy paste into Google Translate to get the idea.

http://www.vd.ch/fr/themes/mobilite/...de-collection/

You have some PDFs on the right hand side of the page that you need to look at as well.

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You can find a closed "box" - closed garage in the area for about CHF 150-200 per month so storing the car someplace should not be a problem as you do not need access to it beside the apartment.

On the insurance side of things, you should probably contact some of the other collector clubs and ask what other people do about insurance. Switzerland is not short of insurance companies :-)
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Ignore all of the other importing information above which relates to newer cars, rpf is correct. You can import the car as an oldtimer (30+ years) as long as the equipment is original etc. And yes, you can not drive the car more than 3'000 km per year. It is good that there are a number of other DeLoreans in CH.
The only slight glitch in this plan is that the OP's car won't qualify as an oldtimer until sometime in 2012 at the earliest... (30 years from the date of original registration)
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I do know someone with a DeLorean in CH, not sure if he imported it as his everyday car when he arrived.
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I shouldn't worry about the COC. My 95 Jeep Wrangler didn't have one and it wasn't an issue.
Also, it passed the emission test with no problem and didn't need the center raised stop light.
It can be done and quite cheaply.
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There's a number of DeLoreans in Switzerland.
Ask these guys: http://www.delorean.ch/ and see my hp: http://www.pfeffer.ch/hittnau2006.htm (you may locate the owner through the license plate).
Thanks, I'll check into the DeLorean Club Europe and see if they have any info. Thanks for the link!

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A car or bike has to be at least 30 years old to get a (Swiss)registration as a vintage vehicle. A vintage registration restricts you to 3000 km/a year but you only have to show up for MOT inspection every six years.

See you at the next U.S. Car Meeting Mollis/GL in 2013.
Thanks! The fact that 30 years old is the requirement to be considered vintage is a key piece of information. The VIN plate on my door sill states that the date of manufacture is August 1982. That would put me about 11 months away from being considered vintage.

I've seen people on this forum talking about driving on US plates. Perhaps I can import the car and wait until August of next year to register it but still be under the 1 year household goods exception?

BTW, here is the promised photo. This is my "Car of the Future" in front of the "Home of the Future", Xanadu.
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The only slight glitch in this plan is that the OP's car won't qualify as an oldtimer until sometime in 2012 at the earliest... (30 years from the date of original registration)
Do you think I could use the date of manufacture that is stamped in the metal VIN placard on the driver's door sill? If not, would I need to get some sort of official documentation from the Canadian DMV stating when the car was registered by the first owner?
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