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    Morning guys. A situation has come up that I'd appreciate your advice upon before I get too committed. I am considering purchasing a LHD car built 12/1973. It was imported into Australia back in 1979 but as never been registered here (rather strange). What should I be asking from the vendor in terms of paperwork, and also what physical requirements are there for a vehicle of this vintage to obtain full rego. Or does this become a club plate cruiser only?

    I tried a google search and vicroads website but it's not all that clear. Hopefully someone out there has some experience as a LHD to RHD is definitely not on the cards!

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    VicRoads regs are here:
    http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/...gistration.htm

    The process has been discussed in this thread:
    Compliancing a 2CV.

    As I read the regs you will need a copy of the import certificate, modifications to bring the vehicle up to Australian safety standards as of the vehicle manufacture date, an engineers report, a Vic RWC and a Vic Roads booking to inspect.

    I'd be suspicious why this hasn't already done.

    If it's of Japanese origin you may choose to pay the fee and have the process taken care of by a RAW.
    http://raws.infrastructure.gov.au/

    I hope the process goes well for you.
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    Ask the owner if he has driven the car in Australia, and if the answer is YES, query him on his methods.

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    You know ..... I'd stick it straight onto a club permit and enjoy it at no cost other than purchase price and no headaches. You'll be surprised how rarely you actually drive a car when you have a modern car to do the daily grind. Last year even using the CX as a 2nd car whenever I needed ................. I only used the car 39days ...... I was thinking 90days would be no-where near enough too...

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    Club permit is the go, that's what I'm doing with my LHD Packard, all that is required is RWC or safety inspection, fill in the form and pay your $, done.
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    Gee's .... I've never spotted the packard on the road around town............... I imagine it stands out from the crowd!
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    Thanks guys. I have been looking at the ADR's but it's not clear as to from what year they go back to. I'll have to get on the phone to vicroads. Otherwise club rego could be the go. it's always a worry looking at a 1973 car thats supposedly been garaged from when it was 7 years old and never registered in Australia!

    My real concern was that I have a tendency to get bored and sell on after a couple of years... Having a car that is registered obviously helps coming selling time.

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    I believe your vehicle precedes ADRs/ compliance plates.

    So all it may need is RWC. At worst an engineers certificate as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    I believe your vehicle precedes ADRs/ compliance plates.

    So all it may need is RWC. At worst an engineers certificate as well.
    ADR/s started in 1970 , for a 73 you would need head rests and new seatbelts and headlights that dip to the left

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    Quote Originally Posted by julian b View Post
    ADR/s started in 1970 , for a 73 you would need head rests and new seatbelts and headlights that dip to the left
    Great thanks for the info guys. Very helpful for an unknowing Pommie.

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    Hi Dave

    Whatever you do, don't ring up VIC Roads. It'll open a can of worms fro which it will be difficult to recover.

    Double Chevron has the most sensible idea and I'd stick with that as it'll be so easy in comparison with any attempt to put it on full rego. I have had experience of these galahs in NSW and it ain't pretty. In fact it caused me no end of problems meeting ADRs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron View Post
    Gee's .... I've never spotted the packard on the road around town............... I imagine it stands out from the crowd!
    Trust me, you might not like it, but you can't ignore it!
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    At the time it was imported and for at least 2 decades after it wasnt possible to register a left hand drive car of any age [unless you lived in the NT] and all such imports had to be converted .There was quite a large industry doing conversions ,mostly on American cars.This car may have been on display in a museum if no attempt has been made to register it for over 30 years

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    Quote Originally Posted by julian b View Post
    At the time it was imported and for at least 2 decades after it wasnt possible to register a left hand drive car of any age [unless you lived in the NT] and all such imports had to be converted .There was quite a large industry doing conversions ,mostly on American cars.This car may have been on display in a museum if no attempt has been made to register it for over 30 years

    Ah, now this certainly goes toward explaining its garaged state. Guess the conversion cost would have been too great on a model never produced in RHD. Thanks guys.

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