The information in this article is collated from information provided by 2CViking, Shayne Harris and ButterCupbob.
Some of the information might not be current anymore, so it pays to check!
Registration of imported 2CVs built after 1 January 1989 is impossible. Cars built before this date is possible but mighty difficult due to ADR (Australian Design Rules). Cars before ADR no worries (1971) see this http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/motor/design/second_edition_adrs.aspx
Most 2CVs are stamped with an ORGA number on the firewall, which will tell you the date of manufacture: see this http://www.cats-citroen.net/citroen/organumber.html
Every raid is bringing in 2CVs from overseas. That in itself is a good thing. Australia doesn’t have many 2CVs and new cars are welcome but there are some problems associated with this.
Some raiders think that Australia can be used as a dumping place for cheap rejected European rust buckets, recovering some of the expenses attached to travel to Australia and to do a raid.
Most raiders do bring fair and interesting 2CVs to Australia that others can enjoy after the raid.
Problem is that majority of these 2CVs are from the 1980s and have become almost impossible to register. They need to comply with ADR (Australian Design Rules) and exemption is no longer given to applicants.
To be fair to the person wanting to buy the 2CV after the raid, do the right thing.
The work needed for a 2CV to comply with ADR is considerable, and an unnecessary amount of money is just wasted. For example a 2CV from 1972 might be easier to register and needs no or very little work compared to a 1986 car which needs so much additional work to get through registration.
Another problem is, if the car is imported and registered let’s say in Queensland, it can not be transferred to New South Wales to a new potential owner until the 2CV has 2 years of registration in Queensland.
Personal import is only an option for a citizen or resident of Australia. The 2CV must have been registered in the overseas country in your name and for a minimum of 12 months. If you are immigrating to Australia you can bring the 2CV with you as Personal import.
The references in the Australian Design Rules are to the year of manufacture. In summary:
- If your vehicle was manufactured after 1 January 1969 you are required to have Upper Torso Restraints for the front seat.
- If your vehicle was manufactured after 1 January 1971 you are required to have:
- Collapsible Steering Column.
- Upper Torso Restraints for the rear seat.
- If your vehicle was manufactured after 1 July 1971 you are required to have all the windscreens and windows bearing the Safety Glass mark.
- If your vehicle was manufactured after 1 January 1972 you will have:
- to fit Head Rests.
- to fit a Reversing Light.
- If your vehicle was manufactured after 1 January 1973 you are required to have a Padded Dash.
- If your vehicle was manufactured after 1 July 1976 you will have to fit Child Restraints.
- If your vehicle was manufactured after 1 January 1977 you are required to have:
- Service Brake Failure Lamps and Hand Brake Warning Lamps.
- Side Impact Protection System.
In conclusion, any 2CV manufactured after 1 January 1969 has to conform with the Australian Design Rules at date of manufacture, which involves engineer certification that all modifications comply. As at August 2009, in Western Australia, any 2CV manufactured before 1969 can be registered without the expense of modification and engineer certification.
Apparently, the situation is very similar in New South Wales, and most likely it is in all states now.
There has been an effort to standardise traffic regulations throughout Australia, and it seems that ADR compliance is to be strictly observed.
Further…. NSW does not necessarily respect the other states’ assessment of compliance or exemption. There have been a few cases where new 2CV owners wanted to transfer their registration to NSW, and found it virtually impossible.
To get a non ADR compliant 2CV (either with exemption certificate or not) on to NSW registration requires 2 years of continuous interstate registration IN THE NAME OF THE SAME OWNER THAT IS APPLYING FOR NSW REGISTRATION, and a current NSW roadworthy certificate…… which will include inspection to the ADR standards. That will be VERY difficult.
As a result…. it seems that pre 1969 2CVs will be highly sought after.