Monday, August 5, 2013

New Vehicles on the Approved and Not Approved List for Show or Display.

Anyone that checked the Approved/Disapproved List for Show or Display prior to May 2013, would have noticed that it hadn't been updated since March, 2011. So back in May, the new list came out with several new vehicles on each list.  Lots of Skyline GT-R's added to the list under the NOT side, but the NISMO added on the approved side. Check out all the cars  below. More info on each to come later.


2011 Aston Martin One-77 -YES

2012 BMW M3 CRT -YES

1995 Land Rover Vogue 25th Anniversary Final Edition -YES

1991 Maserati Shamal -YES

1990 Mercedes Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II -YES

1990 Nissan Nismo R32 Skyline GT-R (BNR32-100000 to BNR32-100562) -YES

Two 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R NISMO's

2004 Porsche 911 GT3 RS -YES

Not Approved

1995 Aprila Moto 6.5 -NO

1989 BMW M3 Cabriolet -NO

2000 Fiat 126P -NO

2008 Fiat 500 Abarth -NO

1995 Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R -NO

1995-1995 Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R Vspec -NO

1999 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R -NO

1999 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R Vspec -NO

2012 Skoda Fabia Greenline II -NO

2002 Smart Crossblade -NO

1991 Toyota Sera -NO

1994 Toyota Supra -NO



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


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. Email me if you need help importing vehicles.

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