Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion unloading at Spa-Francorchamps !

Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion unloading at Spa-Francorchamps !


"Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion being unloaded at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Due circumstances, we were not able to film this 911 GT1 Strassenversion doing some laps around the track. In the video you see how the 911 GT1 Strassenversion is unloaded from the trailer and drove in the pitbox and pitlane. This 911 GT1 was transported to the track in a customized trailer."
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Your signed application must include, at a minimum:
1. Your name, address, phone number, and FAX number.
2. Vehicle identification – make, model, model year, VIN or chassis number,
engine number, date of manufacture and mileage.
3. Location where you will store the vehicle in the United States.
4. Statement describing use on the public roads, if intended. If on-road use is requested, identify the Independent Commercial Importer (ICI) that will modify the vehicle to bring it into conformity with the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency.
5. Basis for the application.
6. Attachments:
1. Photographs – ¾ frontal, ¾ rear, interior, odometer reading and special features (if appropriate).
2. Document from manufacturer or recognized historical source, identifying total production (production verification).
3. Proof of insurance conditioned on limited on-road use (not more than 2,500 miles accumulated in any 12-month period).
4. Identification of vehicle’s:
1. Technological significance – You must identify (be specific) the technology, engineering, and construction features of the vehicle that are advanced and of an unusual nature not commonly found in motor vehicles manufactured in the same time period; or
2. Historical significance – You must identify the historical significance of the vehicle. If a person of historical significance owned the vehicle, you must submit proof that this person owned the vehicle. If the vehicle was the first or last vehicle of a particular model, you must establish this through the manufacturer’s documentation or, if this is not available, through a recognized historical source. If the vehicle was "one of a kind," you must establish this also.
Items of significance must be numerically listed followed by the reason why the item is of significance.
You may then mail the application to:

Import and Certification Division
Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance (NVS-223)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Room W45-205
Washington, DC 20590

ON-ROAD USE

A vehicle eligible for Show or Display may receive NHTSA approval to be driven on the highway. The odometer must not register more than 2,500 miles in a 12-month period. NHTSA approval of limited on-road use is to allow the vehicle to be driven to and from nearby displays of similar automobiles. Another reason permission is granted is to maintain the vehicle’s engine, braking, lighting, and other dynamic systems in good working order. The vehicle is still required to meet EPA requirements. If the original engine in the vehicle will be replaced with a non-original engine to meet EPA requirements, it must be identified in your application since it may impact on the technological or historical significance of the vehicle.

Monday, October 29, 2012

2002 Mercedes CLK GTR Roadster Video- Approved

2002 Mercedes CLK GTR Roadster Video

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Your signed application must include, at a minimum:
1. Your name, address, phone number, and FAX number.
2. Vehicle identification – make, model, model year, VIN or chassis number,
engine number, date of manufacture and mileage.
3. Location where you will store the vehicle in the United States.
4. Statement describing use on the public roads, if intended. If on-road use is requested, identify the Independent Commercial Importer (ICI) that will modify the vehicle to bring it into conformity with the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency.
5. Basis for the application.
6. Attachments:
1. Photographs – ¾ frontal, ¾ rear, interior, odometer reading and special features (if appropriate).
2. Document from manufacturer or recognized historical source, identifying total production (production verification).
3. Proof of insurance conditioned on limited on-road use (not more than 2,500 miles accumulated in any 12-month period).
4. Identification of vehicle’s:
1. Technological significance – You must identify (be specific) the technology, engineering, and construction features of the vehicle that are advanced and of an unusual nature not commonly found in motor vehicles manufactured in the same time period; or
2. Historical significance – You must identify the historical significance of the vehicle. If a person of historical significance owned the vehicle, you must submit proof that this person owned the vehicle. If the vehicle was the first or last vehicle of a particular model, you must establish this through the manufacturer’s documentation or, if this is not available, through a recognized historical source. If the vehicle was "one of a kind," you must establish this also.
Items of significance must be numerically listed followed by the reason why the item is of significance.
You may then mail the application to:

Import and Certification Division
Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance (NVS-223)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Room W45-205
Washington, DC 20590

ON-ROAD USE

A vehicle eligible for Show or Display may receive NHTSA approval to be driven on the highway. The odometer must not register more than 2,500 miles in a 12-month period. NHTSA approval of limited on-road use is to allow the vehicle to be driven to and from nearby displays of similar automobiles. Another reason permission is granted is to maintain the vehicle’s engine, braking, lighting, and other dynamic systems in good working order. The vehicle is still required to meet EPA requirements. If the original engine in the vehicle will be replaced with a non-original engine to meet EPA requirements, it must be identified in your application since it may impact on the technological or historical significance of the vehicle.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

1987 Toyota Carina - Not Approved

1987 Toyota Carina
This is another car, now over 21 years old, so EPA exempt in original configuration  and over 25 years old, so NHTSA/DOT exempt.  However originally it was not approved.  Not a lot of specifics in what this car actually was, but probably this car.

"The Toyota Carina ED was a Japanese compact car created in 1985 as a companion to the 1984 Carina sedan. It was positioned as the 4-door Celica coupe, ushering in a new styling and appearance direction for Toyota products. It gave Toyota Store dealerships an alternative to buyers who desired the luxury of the larger Toyota Crown hardtop, without the tax obligations of a car that exceeded Japanese Government regulations for vehicles larger than the "compact" class. Its design sought to emulate the hardtop styling of large American and European sedans, resulting in a small, low cabin with longer front and rear ends. The ED's B-pillar stood up in the middle with no purpose other than to hinge the rear door on; it was not attached to the roof side of the cabin. "ED" is the initials of "Exciting" and "Dressy"."

No numbers are listed anywhere, but its a normal production car, a lot more than 500 cars produced. Nothing special, nothing technologically significant. Does not meet "Show or Display" requirements. However, now over 25 years old, so import to your hearts content.

Source: Wikipedia

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

2002 Mercedes Benz CLK-GTR Roadster - Approved

2002 Mercedes Benz CLK-GTR Roadster

When I was working with G&K Auto Conversion/CEE Labs on Nissan Skyline GT-R's, they had a few Porsche 959, McLaren F1, and even this Mercedes Benz CLK-GTR Roadster that was having EPA compliance work completed. Show or Display exempts the vehicle from NHTSA/DOT requirements, but it still needs to meet EPA requirements if you plan on driving the vehicle.   This Mercedes is a great example of a Show or Display car. Very unique, very expensive. Has some basis in production car parts by a major manufacturer.  Only 26 total street cars. 20 hardtops, and 6 roadsters.

"After the completion of the 20 original CLK GTRs, AMG's specialist group H.W.A., who had assisted in the construction of the CLK GTRs, began construction of a roadster version of the CLK GTR. Built either by modifying an existing CLK GTR or by building a new car from spare chassis and parts, these cars were modified with the removal of their roofs as well as a reconstruction of their engine covers. Also the rear wing was replaced by a separate black wing, close to the one on the race CLK-GTR. Further the Roadster can be recognized by its different grille, which had a large star in it instead of a small version above it. Two rollbars integrating the cockpit headrests were used not only for structural integrity, but also rollover protection. A total of six CLK GTR Roadsters were built by the company."
One of only six CLK-GTR Roadsters
"Ilmor Engineering provided enhancements to the engine, increasing displacement from 6.0L to 6.9L. This increase in displacement coupled with the removal of a racing air restrictor allowed for 612 PS (450 kW; 604 hp) and torque to 775 N·m (572 lb·ft). Mercedes-AMG claimed 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph).
The Guinness Book of World Records recorded the CLK GTR as the most expensive production car ever built at the time, with a price of $1,547,620(USD)."

2002 Mercedes Benz CLK-GTR Roadster

Source: Wikipedia and 2009gtr.com

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

1991 Pegaso Z-103 - Not Approved

1991 Pegaso Z-103

The 1991 Pegaso Z-103 is another example of a kit or replica car that was not approved for Show or Display.  There were only 11 made, but being a  replica of an earlier car does not make it historically or technologically significant.  In a couple of years, it will be over 25 years old and exempt from NHTSA/DOT standards.


"In 1991 a financial group in the country, in collaboration with a British company (the design firm IAD), presented in the reissue market Pegaso Z-103 SS1 to be produced in limited series. Only 11 were manufactured cars. The Z-103 Replica takes a Rover V8 engine of 3.9 liter aluminum interior very similar to the original model with leather trim made by Artespaña.

As for the exterior, the design of this two-seater roadster is true to an embodiment of Catalan Serra bodybuilder 1955, although windshield has greater angle of curvature on the sides. Also incorporated frameless windows in the doors, as in the original version had "windows" clear plastic emergency. On the back it incorporates three lights on each side, as the original model did not comply with current legislation.

Also, the fabric roof is more broad and straight, providing more space for the occupants, and bumpers are available at both ends of the body and outside rearview mirror.

Other changes which affect the operation of the car consist of disc brakes (instead of the drum), the gearbox five speed synchronized steering rack and tank situated above the rear axle, which in the most protected original.

Source : http://pegasos.webcindario.com/mserra.htm

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Friday, October 19, 2012

2009 Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss - Approved

Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss
The 2009 Mercedes Benz SLR Stirling Moss is the perfect example of a car that fits Show or Display. 75 cars produced, more power lighter weight than a standard SLR. Technologically significant.   If you don't know who Stirling Moss is, then you should look him up. The car is very unique, very expensive, and probably not something that would ever get more than about 2,500 miles in a year.



"The SLR Stirling Moss is a limited edition (75 vehicles) of the series, which uses a speedster styling that does not include roof or windscreen. The design is inspired by the 300 SLR race car, and was by Korean designer Yoon Il-hun. It was to be the last series of the McLaren SLR built under the partnership between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren, until McLaren announced their own final edition of the SLR in late 2010.
The supercharged V8 engine is rated 650 PS (480 kW; 640 hp). The car's top speed is 350 km/h (220 mph) with acceleration from 0–100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds. The car is approximately 200 kg (440 lb) lighter than the regular model.[13]
The SLR Stirling Moss began production in June 2009, after SLR Roadster's production ended in May 2009. All 75 cars were produced by December 2009. The SLR Stirling Moss has MSRP of €750,000 and was available only to SLR owners.[14]"

From Wikipedia.

 Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss



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1986 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS 500 - Approved

Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
This is another show or display approved car, that is now over 25 years old,  exempt from NHTSA import requirements, and over 21 years old so its EPA exempt in its original configuration.  The RS500 was a specialized version of the Ford Sierra Cosworth RS. Only 500 of them were produced, and the basis for a lot of race cars.


"After finishing the 5000 production cars, Ford produced another 500 units of evolution according to the racing rules. This was the RS500. I was fortunate to see one of them on the road many years ago. It distinguished from the regular RS Cosworth by an additional boot spoiler, a larger whale tail and an additional air intake on the top edge of the front bumper.

The name RS500 implied both its production number and its power output – in racing version, it produced a firebreathing 500 horsepower ! In the road car, the YBD engine got strengthened cylinder block, larger Garrett T31/T04 turbocharger, larger intercooler and upgraded fuel injection to produce 224 horsepower, 20hp up from the RS Cosworth. This engine produced more turbo lag than the original while delivering little performance edge, but with some aftermarket tuning it could easily extract up to 350 horsepower. For a car weighing only 1.2 ton, you can imagine how fast it could be...

In motor racing, RS500 was a formiddable player in its time. It won World Touring Car Championship in 1987 and European Touring Car Championship in 1988. If not FIA imposed weight penalties to stop it from winning, it could have achieved even more success. "

Source: Autozine

If you think it might look a bit like a Merkur XR4Ti, then read on.

"Many of the suspension differences between the standard Sierra and the Cosworth attributed their development to what was learned from racing the turbocharged Jack Roush IMSA Merkur XR4Ti in America and Andy Rouse's successful campaign of the 1985 British Saloon Car Championship. Much of Ford's external documentation for customer race preparation indicated "developed for the XR4Ti" when describing parts that were Sierra Cosworth specific. Roush's suspension and aerodynamics engineering for the IMSA cars was excellent feedback for Ford. Some production parts from the XR4Ti made their way into the Cosworth such as the speedometer with integral boost gauge and the motorsport 909 chassis stiffening plates"



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Thursday, October 18, 2012

1983 Robin Hood S7 - Not Approved

Robin Hood S7
The 1983 Robin Hood S7 was not approved for Show or Display. Its pretty easy to see why this car was not approved, its a kit car, based on a Lotus Super 7. Not a production car, who knows how many made. Not technologically significant.  However, this car is now over 25 years old so it is NHTSA/DOT exempt, and over 21 years old its EPA exempt. It is a kit car, so it might fall into some odd areas of the law, so check before importing. 





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Pictures : http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C247229#

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

1994-1995 Mazda Eunos JCES Cosmo Series II - Approved



Here is something to consider when you send in a Show or Display application or determination, being specific. In this case, the 1994-1995 Mazda Eunos JCES Cosmo Series II was approved, but the 1992 Mazda Cosmo was not approved.

The Cosmo had several unique technologically significant features, the 20B 3 rotor engine, the first production GPS option, and a CRT touch screen.  Total there were 8875 cars made from 1990-1995 with about 40 percent of the cars being 3 rotors - JCES. Even though I haven't found out if there were less than 500 sold, someone managed to get the NHTSA to approve a Nissan Skyline GT-R, that there were a lot more than that sold, and doesn't even actually exist.

This car might be difficult to get EPA certification. I would suggest finding an ICI that can handle this 3 rotor engine prior to importing the car. In some places, like California, it can get very expensive to bring the car into ARB compliance.



"The triple rotor 20B had 2 Litres (1962 cc) of displacement, making it the largest capacity rotary offered for sale by Mazda. It produced 300 hp (224 kW) and 300 lb·ft (402 N·m) with twin turbochargers. The JC series Cosmo set several firsts in Automotive history. Its 13B-REW and 20B-REW engines were the first series production twin sequential turbo systems to be offered for sale on a rotary engined car (The twin sequential turbo piston engined Porsche 959 predates the Eunos Cosmo by several years). The better known FD RX-7 didn't receive the twin turbo 13B-REW engine until early 1992. Plus was the first production car in the world to get a GPS option & the first in Japan to use the "Palmnet" serial data comms system for ECU-to-ECAT operation.

This 4th generation Cosmo was way ahead of its time electronically as well by being offered [4] with Car Control System, a CRT colour touch-screen controlling climate control, mobile phone, GPS car navigation, NTSC TV, radio and CD-Player."
Source: Wikipedia

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1981 Triumph Bonneville M/C - Not Approved



This one is a little odd in 2012. There are no dates associated with the applications, or when they were not allowed. This 1981 Triumph Bonneville motorcycle turned 25 years old in 2006, becoming NHTSA exempt. It was over 21 years old in 2002, and EPA exempt. So even though its not allowed under Show or Display, it has met the age requirements to be exempt.

"MORE SPECIAL MODELS
The 1981 Triumph Bonneville attempted to address dwindling sales with what had become "Limited Edition"-madness. Not that it was a bad thing, they turned out some pretty nice bikes. But, the problems Triumph was facing couldn't be solved by cobbling together yet another tarted up version of the same old tired 1937 design. But, that didn't stop them. More power to 'em!

 

MODEL DESIGNATIONS
Meriden came out with no fewer than 3 new versions of the 1981 Triumph Bonneville. The first two were variants of the 1981 Triumph Bonneville Executive, meant to be the touring version, in both kickstart & electric start versions. These came with fairings, top box (touring pack) & panniers (hard saddle bags). The third bike was intended for Police duty & was being evaluated for that purpose. This final 1981 Triumph Bonneville variant was called the T140AV, the "AV" ambitiously designating "Anit-Vibration", which used rubberized engine mounts to quell the vibes. At that time, BMWs boxer-twins were getting the lions share of Police business in Europe & the UK, partly because they were very smooth, but also very reliable. Neither of which could be said for the Triumph Bonneville, unfortunately.

ENGINE MODS
The 1981 Triumph Bonneville model year began with Engine #KD28001. Engine mods were few. The TDC locating hole was itself relocated to its former position in front of the engine, because the starter was now in the way & the crankshaft was notched accordingly. There was a new heavy duty 4-lipped roller main bearing on the timing side. The oil feed to the exhaust tappets was blocked off. The old-style screw-in exhaust spigots & finned clamps made their return. Oil seals were added to the exhaust valve guides."


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

2000 Lotus 340 R - Not Approved


Lotus 340R's

The "Show or Display" application for the 2000 Lotus 340R was not approved. 340 total cars made, but obviously not technologically significant enough for the NHTSA.

No roof, no doors, more or less a track car for the street. Not enough to differentiate it from a normal Lotus Elise.  This car would have also been tough because of the Rover engine. It would have to been EPA certified. Perhaps the "Show or Display" application said that the engine was going to be swapped for a Toyota engine like the 111R or  US approved Lotus Elise.  " If the original engine in the vehicle will be replaced with a non-original engine to meet EPA requirements, it must be identified in your application since it may impact on the technological or historical significance of the vehicle."


"The 340R is a special edition of the Lotus Elise. Just 340 were built, and all were sold before they were manufactured. It uses a custom built bodyshell with no roof or doors. All cars came with a silver and black colour scheme. Special A038R tyres were developed for the 340R in collaboration with Yokohama.

While road-legal in the UK, most of the surviving cars are used for racing, track use, or demonstrations"
Source: Wikipedia


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1998 Porsche GT1 - Approved

Porsche GT1


The Show or Display list includes a 1997 Porsche GT1 Straßenversion, and a 1998 Porsche GT1.  According to Wikipedia, twenty five 1997 Straßenversions were built, only one 1998 GT1 "street version".

Under 500 cars, technologically significant, meets the requirements for Show or Display. The 1998 Porsche GT1 would still need to meet US EPA requirements, but being based on the Porsche 3.2 twin turbo engine, makes the job of certification easier.

"Regulations for the GT1 category stipulated that to be eligible, a total of 25 cars must be built for road use. Porsche developed a fully road-legal version, dubbed "911 GT1 Straßenversion", and delivered one in early 1996 to the German government for compliance testing, which it passed. The engine had to be slightly de-tuned to meet European emissions laws, although its 544 PS (400 kW; 537 hp) and dry weight of 1,150 kg (2,535 lb) proved to be more than adequate; the vehicle could accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in 3.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 308 km/h (191 mph)."

"For the 1998 season Porsche developed an all-new car, the 911 GT1-98. Designed to match the also new Toyota GT-One and Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR, the 911 GT1-98 featured bodywork which bore more of a resemblance to traditional sports-prototypes than the previous 2 models while a new sequential gearbox was installed. As per the regulations a street-legal version of the 911 GT1-98 was spawned, but it is believed that only one variant was produced which was still sufficient to satisfy the regulations."
Source:Wikipedia

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

2005 Mercedes Benz AMG CLK-DTM Coupe - Approved


CLK- DTM for sale at Canepa

The Mercedes AMG CLK-DTM Coupe is on the list of approved vehicles for Show or Display.100 Coupés and 80 Convertibles were released for sale in Europe. Under 500 made, technologically significant. 

"The DTM is based on the CLK55 AMG, with the style and performance that evokes the spirit of the racing CLK that won the DTM racing series. It certainly looks the part, with its deep front spoiler, deck-lid wing, brawny wheel-arch extensions, and nineteen-inch front and twenty-inch rear wheels, shod with 225/35 and 285/30 Dunlop tires.

The interior is a study in carbon fiber. The stock CLK instrument panel remains, but there’s a new gauge cluster, and carbon fiber door panels. The center console, and the space where the rear seats used to live are all fitted with carbon fiber panels. Carbon-fiber bucket sport seats with leather trim, four-point harnesses, and a suede-covered steering wheel with alloy paddle shifters complete the interior.

Powered by a special version of the SL55 AMG’s 5.4-liter, supercharged V-8 cranking out 625 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Modified cam timing, more boost, a stiffer crankcase, and a new exhaust system help to hike power and torque over the SL55’s 493 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a high tech five-speed “manu-matic” transmission controlled by Formula One inspired paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel.

The front and rear track have been widened by 2.9 and 4.2 inches respectively, and special tires and suspension modification allow the car to corner at an incredible 1.35 g. The MacPherson-strut front and multilink rear suspensions have adjustable springs and gas-filled dampers, there is a stiffer rear antiroll bar and new rear hub carriers and drive shafts. New metal-to-metal joints have replaced the standard CLK rubber units through out the suspension. A multiplate limited-slip differential helps put the power to the ground, and the stability and traction control systems have been recalibrated.

Finally, there are huge 14.2-inch-diameter front and 13.0-inch rear discs, with six-piston calipers up front and four pistons out back providing eye popping stopping power!"


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Friday, October 12, 2012

1992 Mazda Cosmo - Not Approved


The 1992 Mazda Cosmo is on the list of vehicles NOT approved for Show or Display.  Even though it was the only vehicle could be had with a 3 rotor- or 20B-REW engine, the total production numbers put it too far outside the 500 vehicle limit for Show or Display.


"The Cosmo was manufactured from February 1990 until September 1995, and gathered a total of 8,875 sales. A split of 60/40 sales between 13B-REW and 20B-REW variants made the triple rotor 20B-REW version a rare car."

It might be rare, but its not 500 cars rare.  Another example of a car that is getting closer to its 25 years. The 1990 cars will be 25 years old in 2015. However, even though the 1992 Mazda Cosmo was not approved for Show or Display, the 1994-1995 Mazda Eunos JCES Cosmo Series II was approved.




Wheelbase: 2,750 mm (108.3 in)
Front Track: 1,520 mm (59.8 in)
Rear Track: 1,510 mm (59.4 in)
Length: 4,815 mm (189.6 in)
Width: 1,795 mm (70.7 in)
Weight: 1,570 kg (3,461 lb)

JCESE = Series-I (90-93) - 20B
JCES = Series-II (94-95) - 20B
JC3SE = Series-I (90-93) - 13B
JC3S = Series-II (94-95) - 13B


Wikipedia - Mazda Cosmo

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1990 – 1991 Nissan Figaro - Not Approved




The 1990-1991 Nissan Figaro is on the list of vehicles that are not eligible under the Show or Display exemption.  

Why?  

More than 500 of them made, and it is not of any historical or technological significance. It may have retro styling, but styling alone isn't enough to qualify for Show or Display. However, this car is nearly 25 years old, and will be eligible for importation in 2015-2016. 






"The Nissan Figaro is a small retro car manufactured by Nissan. The car was originally sold only in Japan. It was based on the K10 Nissan Micra aka March. Only four colors were available: Topaz Mist, Emerald Green, Pale Aqua and Lapis Grey. Each color symbolized a season of the year. Only 8,000 were originally available with an additional 12,000 added to production numbers to meet demand. "

Engine
Bore and Stroke: 68.0 mm × 68.0 mm (2.68 in × 2.68 in)
Compression Ratio: 8.0:1
Max Power: 76 PS (56 kW; 75 hp) at 6000 rpm
Max Torque: 10.8 kg·m (106 N·m; 78 lb·ft) at 4400 rpm
Fuel Delivery: ECCS
Fuel Type/Capacity: Regular Unleaded/40L (8.8 imp gal or 10.6 US gal)


Wikipedia - Nissan Figaro


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2000 Holden GTS-R - Approved



The car features a 402 horsepower LS1 engine developed by Callaway Cars for the Holden Special Vehicles operation in Australia. The car does 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, 0 to 100 mph in 12.0 seconds and a 1/4 mile in 13.7 seconds at 107.9 mph. 


Car and Driver Comparison Holden GTS-R vs BMW M5. 


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1999 Nissan Skyline GTR R34 V-SPEC Early Model Limited Edition - Approved

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From a post TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009

While talking about importation, Motorex, and Nissan Skyline GT-R’s in general on the R35 GT-R Forum – NAGTROC , I was informed that on the newest Show or Display approvals, that an R34 GT-R was on the list. I found this interesting, as the car they listed did not exist.  I let the guys know that I would call the NHTSA- OVSC to get some clarification on it.

I talked to the NHTSA - OVSC yesterday.  I spoke with Dick Merritt there that handles the Show or Display exemptions. The good way to get him going is to mention Skyline. We had a 20 minute conversation, about many things Skyline related.   I mentioned to him that I met him in 1999 when I went to DC to talk to the OVSC then.

When I asked for clarification what the R34 on the Show or Display list was, he said 1999 - Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 Vspec , Early. He said "they made less than 300."

That is not true. Vspecs were more popular than regular models . I don't have the exact numbers but 5536 R34 GT-R's were sold in 1999.  Over the entire run of 12,175 cars , 7338 were Vspec;Mspec,VspecII;Nur , and 3962 were standard.

Anyway. He called Skylines "rocket ships" more than a few times. He said he would never want a car with so many computers in it, like the Porsche 959.  He wondered how anyone could, or would work on Skylines. Mr. Merritt also said that he did not want the management to pass the R34 for Show or Display, but it was done without his approval.

Then he mentioned that no R34 has been brought in under the Show or Display exemption, because no one can do the EPA side of the requirements.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

2003 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato Coupe - Approved

2003 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato Coupe

The Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Zagato is a limited-edition grand tourer made by Aston Martin/Zagato. Introduced at the Paris Motor Show in October, 2002, the Zagato was immediately sold out. Only 99 examples were sold to the public, though one extra was produced for the Aston Martin museum.


Like the Aston Martin DB7 on which it is based, the Zagato is powered by a 6.0 L V12 engine and controlled via a 6-speed manual( or optional 5 speed automatic) transmission. It has a top speed of 190 mph  and a 0–60 mph acceleration time of 4.9 seconds.


SPECIFICATIONS

Engine:V12, 5935 cc, 435 bhp @ 6000 rpm 410 lbs-ft @ 5000 rpm
Transmission:6-speed manual with optional 5-speed automatic
Dimensions (LxWxH):4481 x 2531 x 1861 mm
Weight:1740 kg
Top Speed:190 mph
0 – 60 mph:4.9 sec


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Your signed application must include, at a minimum:

1. Your name, address, phone number, and FAX number.
2. Vehicle identification – make, model, model year, VIN or chassis number, engine number, date of manufacture and mileage.
3. Location where you will store the vehicle in the United States.
4. Statement describing use on the public roads, if intended. If on-road use is requested, identify the Independent Commercial Importer (ICI) that will modify the vehicle to bring it into conformity with the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency.
5. Basis for the application.
6. Attachments:
1. Photographs – ¾ frontal, ¾ rear, interior, odometer reading and special features (if appropriate).
2. Document from manufacturer or recognized historical source, identifying total production (production verification).
3. Proof of insurance conditioned on limited on-road use (not more than 2,500 miles accumulated in any 12-month period).
4. Identification of vehicle’s:
1. Technological significance – You must identify (be specific) the technology, engineering, and construction features of the vehicle that are advanced and of an unusual nature not commonly found in motor vehicles manufactured in the same time period; or
2. Historical significance – You must identify the historical significance of the vehicle. If a person of historical significance owned the vehicle, you must submit proof that this person owned the vehicle. If the vehicle was the first or last vehicle of a particular model, you must establish this through the manufacturer’s documentation or, if this is not available, through a recognized historical source. If the vehicle was "one of a kind," you must establish this also.

Items of significance must be numerically listed followed by the reason why the item is of significance.

You may then mail the application to:


Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance (NVS-223)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Room W45-205
Washington, DC 20590



ON-ROAD USE


A vehicle eligible for Show or Display may receive NHTSA approval to be driven on the highway. The odometer must not register more than 2,500 miles in a 12-month period. NHTSA approval of limited on-road use is to allow the vehicle to be driven to and from nearby displays of similar automobiles. Another reason permission is granted is to maintain the vehicle’s engine, braking, lighting, and other dynamic systems in good working order. The vehicle is still required to meet EPA requirements. If the original engine in the vehicle will be replaced with a non-original engine to meet EPA requirements, it must be identified in your application since it may impact on the technological or historical significance of the vehicle.

Application for Determination That a Motor Vehicle is Eligible for Show or Display

Application for Determination That a Motor Vehicle is Eligible for Show or Display
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Can I Have Two VIN's On My Car or a VIN That Does Not Meet NHTSA's Requirements?

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Application for Permission to Import a Specific Motor Vehicle for Show or Display

Application for permission to import a specific motor vehicle for show or display (PDF format)(July 2003)
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Show Or Display Exemption

Show or Display

July 7, 2003

A rule permitting entry of nonconforming motor vehicles for purposes of show or display became effective on August 13, 1999. If you wish to import a vehicle for show or display, you must apply to NHTSA for permission to do so and establish that the vehicle is of such historical or technological significance that it is in the public interest to show or display the vehicle in the United States even though it would be difficult or impossible to bring the vehicle into compliance with the Federal motor vehicle safety standards. This provision is intended to facilitate the importation of historically or technologically significant vehicles that were never certified by their manufacturer for sale in the United States.

If you would like to know before purchasing a foreign vehicle whether NHTSA would determine that it is eligible for importation for show or display, you should submit an Application for Determination That a Motor Vehicle is Eligible for Show or Display and provide the information set out below in item 6d of the section entitled How You May Apply for Permission to Import. If NHTSA decides the vehicle is eligible for importation, you may then purchase the vehicle and submit a formal application containing the other information required. You should also consult the approved/disapproved listing at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import/ShowDisplay to learn which vehicles the agency has already determined eligible for show or display and which vehicles it has determined to be ineligible.

VEHICLE ELIGIBILITY

In determining whether a vehicle is eligible for importation for show or display, NHTSA will consider the following factors, among others:
1. Whether a vehicle of the same make, model, and model year was manufactured and certified for sale in the United States.
2. Whether a vehicle of the same make, model, and model year has been determined eligible for importation pursuant to 49 CFR Part 593.
3. Whether the vehicle is currently in production.
4. Whether more than 500 of the vehicles were produced.
5. Whether the vehicle is a kit car, replica, or special construction vehicle.

If the answer to any of the above is affirmative, you should not expect NHTSA to grant permission for importation. If the answer to item 4 is affirmative, the applicant must establish that the vehicle is of exceptional technological and/or historical significance.

ON-ROAD USE

A vehicle eligible for Show or Display may receive NHTSA approval to be driven on the highway. The odometer must not register more than 2,500 miles in a 12-month period. NHTSA approval of limited on-road use is to allow the vehicle to be driven to and from nearby displays of similar automobiles. Another reason permission is granted is to maintain the vehicle’s engine, braking, lighting, and other dynamic systems in good working order. The vehicle is still required to meet EPA requirements. If the original engine in the vehicle will be replaced with a non-original engine to meet EPA requirements, it must be identified in your application since it may impact on the technological or historical significance of the vehicle.

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HOW YOU MAY APPLY FOR PERMISSION TO IMPORT

Your signed application must include, at a minimum:

1. Your name, address, phone number, and FAX number.
2. Vehicle identification – make, model, model year, VIN or chassis number, engine number, date of manufacture and mileage.
3. Location where you will store the vehicle in the United States.
4. Statement describing use on the public roads, if intended. If on-road use is requested, identify the Independent Commercial Importer (ICI) that will modify the vehicle to bring it into conformity with the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency.
5. Basis for the application.
6. Attachments:
1. Photographs – ¾ frontal, ¾ rear, interior, odometer reading and special features (if appropriate).
2. Document from manufacturer or recognized historical source, identifying total production (production verification).
3. Proof of insurance conditioned on limited on-road use (not more than 2,500 miles accumulated in any 12-month period).
4. Identification of vehicle’s:
1. Technological significance – You must identify (be specific) the technology, engineering, and construction features of the vehicle that are advanced and of an unusual nature not commonly found in motor vehicles manufactured in the same time period; or
2. Historical significance – You must identify the historical significance of the vehicle. If a person of historical significance owned the vehicle, you must submit proof that this person owned the vehicle. If the vehicle was the first or last vehicle of a particular model, you must establish this through the manufacturer’s documentation or, if this is not available, through a recognized historical source. If the vehicle was "one of a kind," you must establish this also.

Items of significance must be numerically listed followed by the reason why the item is of significance.

You may then mail the application to:

Import and Certification Division
Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance (NVS-223)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
400 7th Street SW, Suite 6111
Washington, DC 20590