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Also, Csaba Csere has written an excellent explanation of the S&D regulation in the March 2000 Car and Driver magazine.
The US DOT may allow the permanent importation of certain vehicles for certain persons. The purpose of the new regulation seems to be to allow importation of collector and /or technically interesting cars by collectors. Not simply larger volume, current production vehicles for everyday transportation that are simply not commercialized in the US by the manufacturer. As far as we know there is a one car list of models to be granted permission under this category, the Jaguar XJ 220. It seems likely that vehicles such as the Porsche 959, Ford RS200, Peugeot 205 Turbo 16, McLaren F1, etc. could qualify for permission and be added to the list.
Not to be forgotten, the EPA requirements. Vehicles are considered "restricted goods" by US Customs. Customs restricts importations unless they meet the DOT and EPA criteria. It also, seems that the DOT will require some proof of an EPA solution for any cars that are granted permission. The EPA requirements get more difficult the newer the vehicle.
Sun International is currently an EPA Independent Commercial Importer (ICI)
Following is our current understanding. Please contact the DOT directly
for a definitive interpretation.
Any violations of the above may result in a civil penalty and void the
authorization and require exportation of the vehicle.
regulation concerns only the DOT. It does not affect EPA regulations for
importation and does not affect California CARB or any other state's emission