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Importing a classic car

In Italy, a classic car is defined as a car that is more than twenty (in some cases thirty) years old. The importation process is the same as a normal car, but the process to nationalize it requires some additional steps.

You will need a history of your car, which basically states that the car is indeed an old car. You could pay an exorbitant price to the car club of your car in Italy, or 20 euros to the Public Automobile Registry. A person who paid 300 euros to the Ferrari club said that he found out the PRA could give him the same document for twenty.

While owning an older car has some advantages, however it is important to be aware of two categories of distinction.

First, there is "auto d'epoca" or auto of epoch (classic car). To qualify it must be over 30 years old and has a cancelled PRA registration. The problem is that the law does not allow it to be driven on the road except in specifically authorized circumstances (such as car show and events).

"Auto storica" is also a category of old car, has a very fine difference from "auto d'epoca".  In essence, they are made mostly by paperwork designation. They are technically classified as “auto of historic and collectionistic interest”, which are all the cars listed in the following registries: A. S. I. (Automotoclub Storico Italiano), Storico Lancia, Italiano FIAT, Italiano Alfa Romeo and Storico F. M. I. Cars falling into this category could be driven normally on the road.

Possedere un auto d epoca è il sogno di molti automobilisti, ma per farlo occorre conoscere tutte le norme che ne regolamentano il possesso e la circolazione. Prima di tutto, occorre capire se si sta parlando di auto d epoca o di auto storiche. Per quanto possano sembrare sinonimi, si tratta di due diverse categorie di veicoli. Infatti, vengono considerate auto d epoca soltanto le vetture con oltre 30 anni di vita che non possiedono più i requisiti tecnici minimi per la circolazione e che, di conseguenza, sono state cancellate dal PRA (Pubblico Registro Automobilistico)(si veda anche il nostro approfondimento Auto d epoca: dopo quanti anni? ). Esse sono dunque destinate alle esposizioni pubbliche o private e possono circolare esclusivamente durante le manifestazioni autorizzate solo se munite di foglio di via e targa provvisoria rilasciate dall ufficio provinciale della Motorizzazione Civile. Viceversa, le auto storiche sono quei veicoli d interesse collezionistico che risultano iscritti ai registri dell ASI (Automotoclub Storico Italiano) o di uno degli altri enti riconosciuti. Per iscrivere all ASI le auto d epoca occorre tuttavia richiedere il Certificato di Rilevanza Storico Collezionistica e l Attestato di Datazione e Storicità presso il Dipartimento per i Trasporti Terrestri

https://www.automobile.it/magazine/burocrazia/normativa-auto-epoca-1647

You need to join the ASI (Automotoclub Storico Italiano), the Italian Historical Automoto club for your car. They will give you a booklet for you to fill out, complete with the description of the car and many photos. Then, they will ask you to take your car to for a test (revisione) at a mechanic. The mechanic has to sign off on the brakes, engine, body and paint. Essentially, he is to check that these are in working condition and safe to be used on the road. This is NOT the same as the "Collaudo" or roadworthy inspection and test conducted by the motor vehicles department. You must do the revisione before the motor vehicle department will accept your application and schedule for a "Collaudo"?

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