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Trabants in the USA

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Matt Kirk
Vernon, North Texas, USA   usa
1959 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite
1976 MG MGB
1979 MG MGB "Killer Bee"

Is it possible to register a Trabant in the US?
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Skye Nott
Vancouver, BC, Canada   can
1964 Vespa VNB 125
1966 MG MGB "The Bomber RIP"
1983 Suzuki MC GS750E "Kate"
1986 Merkur XR4Ti "The Rally Car"
1990 Volkswagen Corrado G60   → more

It must be possible, if this guy has done it... don't know the details unfortunately.
I think Canada has much more relaxed importation laws!

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Renato Piereck
Ansbach, Franken, Germany   deu

I have been pondering importing a Trabant into the US when I return at the end of my tour in Germany in two years. I have been doing a bit of home work, and as far as I can gather, bringing a Trabant that is more than 25 years old into the country won't be a problem. Any vehicle over 25 years of age (calculated from date of manufacture) can be brought in, no questions asked, according to the United States government rules. The problem lies with which state you will register the car. Some states are more lenient (like Florida), whil others not so much (California, Virginia). The biggest problem with a Trabant is the two-stroke engine that supposedly won't meet emissions in a few states. From what I hear registering a Trabant in California would be near impossible, unless then car was made before the late 60s when emissions testing started. The best thing would be to consult with the DMV of your state, and ask them what would be the rules they follow for bringing in a car from overseas. It also helps if you read up online on your own state's laws concerning this matter, as your local DMV might have no clue on this issue.

Here is a good article on this same issue:
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Site Tester
City, Region, Sweden   swe
1970 MG MGB

Good information Renato, thank you! Keep us updated on how it goes if you decide to import... I'm sure it will be of interest to others that want to do the same thing.

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Bence Mazán
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary   hun

They can help you in Trabant buying shipping and registering:
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