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1984 Mercedes 280SL, Grey Market Vehicle, can it be registered in California?

The above 26 year old vehicle is a Grey Market vehicle, is it exempt from the smog check? I'm moving into the State and want to get an idea what it will take to register the vehicle in CA.


You're going to need to contact the Air Resources Board at (800) 242-4450 regarding your 84 Mercedes 280SL. This vehicle is not likely to meet U.S. specifications. Vehicles that were not built to meet U.S. specifications are imported as gray-market vehicles, as is your Mercedes. This can be extremely expensive and time consuming. Review what the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has to say on this subject, as CBP controls which vehicles may be brought into the United States. Your intended vehicle must clear customs before it can be registered in any state. The costs for a laboratory to modify and certify the emissions and safety equipment on a gray-market vehicle are considerable.

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