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Importing/Registering a Classic Car

Hi,
I know I am majorly late for the show, but just wondering about the whole classic car thing here.....How difficult is it to bring over, register, etc a classic car here? I am a major fan of Morris Minors and would love to buy one here, but havent found any so far, because of their wheel being normally under British standards, etc would it be impossible to drive/ insure legally here? And who are the best to insure classics with, what other steps need to be taken (Do you need an MOT for cars over a certain age,etc)
Thanks, and if there are any more shows, I'm interested!
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Which show

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Re: Importing/Registering a Classic Car

My sons have real minis in Geneva, they've never found any concessions for older cars, and the Swiss MOT is very strict. The only thing we know of is that cars over thirty don't have to pass the anti-polution test (roll on next year)!
Insurance for "classic cars"; again, we've not found any. Not so that you can insure a car for a specific value, anyway. Just normal insurance through Winterthur.
If you're looking to buy a Moggie in Switzerland you could try contacting a classic car group (they exist for Minis so I'm sure there are others), someone selling a cherished older car would probably advertise it through such a group.
Good luck with your search.
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Re: Importing/Registering a Classic Car

Yes well,

Perhaps "too many chefs spoil the soup!"
I had seen a thread pertaining to a classic car show, from May. I didn't see any other information about classic cars so I asked my questions to the only person that seemed likely to be able to answer them....and the rest seems to be history?! I don't mind rewriting the question if you could please tell me where exactly I am suppose to post it, as its relevant to.... now!!!!!!!!
Thanks for your time
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Old 18.08.2008, 18:28
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Which show

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The post was originally attached to a thread about a show from last April and hasn't got any attention there...
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Re: Importing/Registering a Classic Car

Dear Happyeverafter,
It's very difficult to import an old car (which is why our Riley Elf is tucked away in a garage awaiting our return to Blighty), thirty years ago we temporarily imported an old Renault which we could drive on GB plates for a year before scrapping it, I think you're still allowed to do that, but it's very hard to permanently import one because the Swiss specifications are so high, they were usually higher to start with than the ones in the country of origin! I really think your best bet would be to trace one that's already in Switzerland, even if they are like hen's teeth.
First time I saw my husband he was under a Moggie (fixing it, not being squashed) so if I ever hear of one for sale I might bet you to it!
Kidding, I'll pass the info on.
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Old 18.08.2008, 20:14
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Re: Importing/Registering a Classic Car

Swiss Morris Minor Club

I'm sure they could help with importing a Moggie, and there seems to be a few for sale on the site as well :

http://www.morrisminor.ch/

There's a classic British car meeting in Morges on 4th October:

http://www.british-cars.ch/index_a.html
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Re: Importing/Registering a Classic Car

Oh Bless your sentimental soul!!!!!
Thankyou thankyou thankyou!!!!!!!
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Re: Importing/Registering a Classic Car

Dear Happyeverafter,
I spoke to my eldest son last night about your "problem", it seems it is possible to import an older car, but fiendishly difficult. The car needs to be on the Approved for Import listing for its year of manufacture (not all models were) with paperwork from the manufacturer or the Swiss to prove this.
Then it needs to be in as near original condition as possible, no up-dates or tinkering unless officially approved at the time, with fully functioning electrics and perfect bodywork. Unless you're prepared to commit to the restoration work, VAT might also be payable.........
A valid English/Irish MOT would help.
You might also want to consider how happy you'd be driving a (probably) right-hand drive car on the wrong side of the road.
All in all Bern's post seems to be the best solution; a club and a meeting!
I must suggest my Hubby goes along and lies under a few Moggies for old times sake!
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Re: Importing/Registering a Classic Car

Wow! All those demands, no wonder I only see $100,000 dollar "Classics" on the roads here! I guess I will have to try get to one of those meetings instead! I looked on the site and am amazed how much the prices have climbed in the last few years, but then I do think they are worth it, Morris' are sturdy, gorgeous cars!
I have heard that they are bringing back some classic shapes to new cars, I cant wait till I see a Hybrid Morris!
Well thanks alot for the info, and if you do hear of any upcoming events do please keep in contact and let me know!
Best Wishes!
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Re: Importing/Registering a Classic Car

There's a British Car meeting this Sunday (31st August) in Mollis GL, between Zurichsee/Obersee and Walensee.

http://www.britishcarmeeting.ch/home.asp

I expect they'll be a few Morris Minors in attendance, and lots of other interesting machinery (judging by the photos of previous years on the website)
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