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AndreasH

posted on 25/8/19 at 12:59 PM Reply With Quote
IVA of Kit from 1990

Hello

I bought a Racecorp L.A. a few years ago in UK. Unfortunately I didn't realize, that this car was registered as Ford Escort Mk2 (1980). After completly rebuilding it in Switzerland, I tried to register it. I got a negativ answer, as it obviously doesn't look like a Ford Escort.

There is no possibility to register this car in Switzerland. Despite the V5C from the donor Escort, I have no documentation of this car.

To register it in UK I need an IVA test, as far as I know. Do I need to fulfil the standards for a new car? I would guess with an engine from 1980 I can't fulfil the current emission standards.
Do I need to do normal or basic IVA?


How difficult will it be to get this car through IVA, has someone already done something like this?

Thank you for your answers.

[Edited on 25/8/19 by AndreasH]

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MikeR

posted on 25/8/19 at 01:29 PM Reply With Quote
Emissions is based on the engine age, you should therefore be fine for that. No idea what the car is like therefore what challenges the rest of IVA will present but I doubt it would be impossible if it's a seven type car
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AndreasH

posted on 25/8/19 at 01:46 PM Reply With Quote
Racorp L.A. is a seven-type car. What makes it impossible to register it now?
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big_wasa

posted on 25/8/19 at 02:06 PM Reply With Quote
You will need a letter from the engine manufacture ( ford ?) to show the engine age from the engine number.
Itís then a case of reading the Iva manual and adjusting things to comply.

The stumbling block is you and the car are going to need to be here for the test and I have no idea on how you would register it not living here.

My opinion, it will be cheaper, easier and hole lot less hassle selling it as a track day car and buying something correctly registered. Does your have any value in your country ?

Due to several things including the poor weather the prices on these are down this year

[Edited on 25/8/19 by big_wasa]

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AndreasH

posted on 25/8/19 at 02:12 PM Reply With Quote
Thank you for your informations.

The part of not living in UK can easily be solved, the idea is anyway to move to UK and drive it there for more than half a year to take it back to Switzerland without problems. Otherwise it would still be impossible.

These cars have (unregistered) nearly no value here, specially with the 1300 engine. I would have to sell about 3 or 4 of these to buy one correctly registered here.

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big_wasa

posted on 25/8/19 at 02:26 PM Reply With Quote
If you and it are in the uk for a period of time it just comes down to effort and cash.

Itís years since I looked at the costs of Iva but I reckoned on a £1000 with transport, time of work and a retest.

Then there is registration. You will have to fulfill the amateur build requirements and they like to see photos of you having built it. ( or did ).

I would do some reading.

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AndreasH

posted on 25/8/19 at 03:01 PM Reply With Quote
Thank you for your answer, I will try to see into the details of the registration and IVA.
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theconrodkid

posted on 25/8/19 at 03:22 PM Reply With Quote
didnt a company offer an import / iva / export again service some time ago (MK ?) and the powers that be shut it down cos it wasnt "legal", may be worth trying to research that or ring up the ministry...it,s aint easy for a native so i doubt it would be fun for you





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perksy

posted on 25/8/19 at 07:54 PM Reply With Quote
Seems like a lot of work?

What would you do if it failed its first attempt at IVA, Does that mean you would have to stay in the country ?
We might have left the EU by then and just wandering if that's something you'll also have to consider?

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MikeR

posted on 26/8/19 at 07:47 AM Reply With Quote
Eek. Hadn't thought about the EU situation. After BREXIT would self built cars be legal in Europe? I'm assuming yes, but registering a self built car in an EU country? I've no idea.

(Cue BREXIT mumblings not relevant to this thread)

May be worth double checking if anyone has thought about registration post BREXIT

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Toys2

posted on 26/8/19 at 08:22 AM Reply With Quote
Hi, if you're planning on living in the UK for a while anyway, then it's possible
Brexit ( may not affect Switzeland?), logistics and costs should be considered seriously, as it could work out more costly than selling and buying a correctly registered car.

But if you plan to go ahead.....
I assume the engine is the old escort crossflow? If so, that's good as the emissions requirements will be minimal

There is a link to the IVA manual at the top of this section, you'll need to read it cover to cover
It's not uncommon to have to make temporary changes to the car to meet iva, for example, having a windscreen, means it has to a suitably marked glass, have wipers, washer and a demister. Or don't have a windscreen for the test, then refit it after
Light positioning and angles are critical and may have to be changed
The steering column has to have a collapsible design as detailed in the manual
The same strictness for seatbelts, seats, and head rests
Instruments and indicators have to be clearly marked
The other common concern is that most accessible areas have to have radiussed edges - see manual

There are many areas to consider, the real shame is it you have to make significant changes to parts of your car that are nicely finished

If you want to go ahead, I'm sure that there are people on here to give advice, I'd get it Iva ready well before moving it back to the UK, then post detailed photos on here for us to review and comment
But before doing that, do study the IVA manual for things that will be hard to change, steering, seat and seatbelt locations etc

[Edited on 26/8/19 by Toys2]

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AndreasH

posted on 28/8/19 at 06:01 PM Reply With Quote
Thank you all for the responses.

I read through the IVA Manual and it seems that there are a few things, that would create a ton of work to change. In the end I have to admit, that it would be too expensive and cost too much time. I made the hard decission to sell the car and go for an entire new project.
I learned some important things about the swiss registration office and on what to pay attention when importing a car from UK.

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