Classic & Special Interest Vehicles
The New Zealand Government has opened up the possibility of importing
otherwise non-compliable vehicles with the application for an exemption. This
applies to cars older than 20years OR vehicles that meet certain criteria. To
gain an exemption it is necessary to actually buy the car in Japan and import it
into NZ before you can apply.
All the fine details are here: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/factsheets/44b/special-interest-vehicles.html
In a nutshell:
You must be a NZ citizen, have
another everyday car, and you cannot sell a SIV car within 4 years, or use it
To have a vehicle identified as a special interest vehicle (SIV), NZTA
must deem it to have historic value or it must meet THREE of the following four
1 >> The vehicle is identified as being a
collector's item in one of the following magazines or their respective websites:
Australian classic car,Car and Drive (US), Automobile (US), Motor (Aus), Motor Trend (US),
New Zealand Auto Car, New Zealand Classic Car, Road and Track (US), Top Gear (UK),
Top Gear NZ, Unique Cars (Aus) or Wheels (Aus).
2 >> The vehicle's model has been (or
was) manufactured in annual volumes of 20,000 units or less.
3 >> The vehicle is and was manufactured
as a two-door coupe or a convertible.
4 >> The vehicle is and was manufactured
as a high-performance vehicle.
At Carwebs we can help you find the car you are looking for and check to see
if it is applicable for either of these exemptions. However we cannot gurantee
wether your application will be sucesfull as only 200 applicants will be
accepted every year. Your car must also be brought to NZ WoF standard.