Originally Posted by gotchiguy
I've seen that sort of thing before. The americans must be really stupid, I mean honestly, what is left of the 1985 car that rolled off the line? New chassis, new bodywork, LHD conversion most likely, brand new engine, puma interior.. etc etc.
They'll redo the whole car so nothing is left. There are ways to get around safety and emission laws depending on age and how you take title to it. I remember a friend importing a Lotus Elise (I think that was the model) in the early 90's before they started selling them here again. It was shipped in as parts, and reassembled by a mechanic flown over (I believe that the mechanic did multiple assemblies on one trip). The car then had to be registered as a home built kit car (because it didn't meet crash test requirements).
Even as a kid, I remember being bummed out when I heard Defenders weren't going to be imported anymore. Nice rig. Worth $70k+? I don't know.