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No experience in shipping a Euro car to a CA buyer. But your CA buyer will have 2 hurdles. The DMV and the smog check.

The DMV will need the federalization paperwork. Plus, IIRC the DMV will look for 4 stickers on the vehicle: the VIN, some sort of 50-state compliance, a catalytic converter/emissions sticker, and I can't recall the 4th one. If any of that is not present, then you get sent to the CHP. Make an appt with the CHP to get the vehicle checked out. While the CHP is checking out the paperwork (and entering the VIN into some computer database to make sure the car wasn't stolen), they'll casually look over the rest of the car to make sure nothing is a vehicle code violation (window tint, cracked windshield, aftermarket exhaust, etc.). After passing the CHP step, back to the DMV you go to complete the paperwork to get a CA title. Note that may be at least 3 visits to various offices to get this stuff done.

Then there's the smog test. CA tests not only the sniffer, but also a visual check. So all smog-compliant equipment that was on the car back in 1981, should still be on the car (and operating) now. How strict the visual test will be is up to the skills of the tech doing the test. They may not know 1981 Porsche 911s, but they do this stuff for a living so they're not total bozos, either. So the smog pump, catalytic converter, and stock exhaust should be in place. Technically, anything not stock has to have a CARB exemptions sticker on it (i.e. including the intake side of things). You can argue that a K&N filter doesn't alter the particulate emissions of a vehicle, but he might punt and make you take your argument to the smog referee. Everything must look stock in the engine compartment. If so, then the tech puts the car on the rollers to do the sniffer test.

Technically, it's the seller's responsibility to make sure the car passes smog before a sale. But at the same time, if it doesn't there's no penalty written into the vehicle code as to what happens next if the buyer can't get the car to pass smog.

Best of luck.
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