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Originally Posted by TRE Cup View Post
Funny you mentioning some of the "mods" mike

Basically when the car came in, you posted a bond and signed a letter that you would bring the car in compliance. Then you took the car home, or to a shop to convert it
You could not register the car legally without releases from the DOT and EPA. so the preponderance of plastic dealer marketing plates on these cars along with local state dmv plates was the sure fire way to know the car driving ahead of you was grey market.

The temptation of extra $ and fraud with regards to a) ever testing it all- taking the risk of being pulled over before you sold it, skipped, and let the new buyer have all the fun with the feds b) non compliance , but it sure looked like it on papers that were filed c) compliance, papers filed, then the parts bad for performance "fell off" (usually saved for a rainy day if a knock came at the door) d) compliance , papers filed, and car running poorly < Ever seen a Countach with dual bmw 528e computerized injection on it? sheesh!!

After you received your car's release, you could go to your state dmv and get plates. Theoretically this is supposed to be the way it worked. As you can see , with all the steps, there were "opportunities"

Fortunately Porsches would fare better than most other makes, IF the conversion company did its job right
I would agree that of the cars I helped come into the US only about half were ever followed up on. As far as parts that made them legal falling off, that seems to be a problem with most Porsche's even to this day. LOL
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