I was thinking of building a GT40 for some time, but am still put off with the legality of importing a kit. A real kit, no partial assembly. I have done this before with a Cobra kit. I placed my order in 1993 and started to bring back parts and pieces in 1994. Naturally, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act changed during that time in 1993. As far as I know, I didn't break any laws at that time as I merely imported parts.
I was assured by the private engineering company that certifies homebuilt cars for the maritme province Registry of Motor Vehicles that one can still import a kit as seperate parts, but I'm not so sure.
Since I brought in parts years ago, the law may not not have changed, but Transport Canada's view on it has been "adjusted" that puts a nail in the "parts" loophole coffin, as per these two links: "Kit Cars" in Canada - Road & Motor Vehicle Safety Publications - Road and Motor Vehicle Safety - Road Transportation - Transport Canada Frequently asked questions for Kit Cars - Road & Motor Vehicle Safety Publications - Road and Motor Vehicle Safety - Road Transportation - Transport Canada
Although I did research this a bit two years ago, I was unaware of the above two links, and certainly unaware of the Ministry of Transport vs. Macro Auto Leasing on the import of parially assembled Superperformance cars. Here's the link for that: Federal Court - Macro Auto Leasing Inc. v. Canada (Transport)
Does anyone know if there has been any positive outcome for the kit car hobbiest from that court case?
I heard a rumour of a fistfight in Ontario between a Superperformance rep and a member of Transport Canada (possibly Harry Baergen) whihc cna't have helped much. And apparently the Ontario Kit Car Association/Club (am unsure of their exact name) is still doing battle with TC on this.
Any updates at all?
Reference link to an older thread on this subject: Canadian kit car laws