In Reply to: DOT and EPA....more posted by FredR on February 11, 2000 at 10:51:32:
I believe the easing of the standards are to allow cars that normally wouldn't be allowed in the country at all to be imported.
However, if the car isn't modified to meet standards, at still cannot be driven on roadways, but must be trailered. The change in standards is primarily to allow easing of standards that barred collectors from being able to import certain collectable cars (cars that would not be driven on roadways, but are strictly for collections/show).
4/'98 2.8l Drk Grn/Beige/Black - 17" - sport bun warmers - Wood steering wheel, brake handle and trim - Dinan Chip, Strut Brace, and Air Intake - Custom Borla Exhaust with Intercooler Tips - Eibach Sway Bars - BavAuto SS Brake Lines - Ron Stygar short Shift - yada, yada, yada - and power top (real roadsters don't have no fuggin' power top)
: EPA and DOT have certain reqirements that all vehicles brought into the US must meet. Everything from lighting to door intrusion beams. I've heard that there is now new legislation that will allow the importation of certain vehicles that are exempt from some of these requirements, but all EPA requirements must still be met. I recall an article in Rondel about this. If this is true you could bring in a Z1 and make it meet polution standards for the year of build and drive it legally here.
: : not sure why, but there was some issue with the doors. Really confusing when you consider Jeeps can drive around with cloth or no doors.