I just went through this back in June. In my case, the saving grace
(Hi Len!) was the copy of the title proving that the vehicle had
been in the US before. However, it may depend somewhat on the
customs agent you get. In talking to four different agents,
I got four variations of the same story. Here are some notes
from my experience.
1. If the vehicle is older than 21 years, then it is exempt from
2. If the vehicle is older than 25 years, then it is exempt from
DOT regs (maybe you can wait a year!).
3. If the vehicle was previously registered in the US then it's
4. Get a letter from the manufacturer stating that the vehicle
was built to the US specs.
5. One agent would OK the vehicle if it had a plate stating that
the vehicle met US specs. The commission number plate on
the TR6 may just say that.
6. There are companies that will do the paperwork for importing
a vehicle for a fee. The one place in Seattle I checked
> Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 13:22:59 -0700
> From: "Brendan O'Shea" <boshea@Adobe.COM>
> Subject: '73 TR6: US vs. Canada spec?
> I've been lurking on the list for a few weeks now, while shopping
> for a TR. This past weekend I finally bought a 1973 TR6. In order to get it
> licensed, I need a piece of paper from US Customs saying it was legal to
> import it from Canada. Before the customs man will give that to me, he
> wants an official, written statement saying that it meets the 1973 US
> safety standards. I'm going through the official channels to (hopefully)
> get this, but am wondering :
> 1) Has anyone else successfully done this?
> 2) Does anyone knows what (if anything) was different in the US &
> Canadian TR6s in 1973? (with respect to safety)
> 3) Does the certificate from the 'British Motor Industry Heritage
> Trust Fund' (mentioned a few times in the past weeks) give sufficient
> detail to determine safety features?
> 4) Does anyone know of any way to expedite this? Unofficial
> channels? Back-doors? Who to bribe? (just kidding, Mr.customs man)
> Any help is appreciated, thanks,
> -Brendan O'Shea
> 1973 TR6 (driving up & down the driveway is fun, but...)
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