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V-6 Exige S in the US???

I noticed a dealership in one of the Carolinas (I think it was South) selling a couple of them. They were not the track only version. They had head lights. Did Lotus somehow get permission to sell them for road use? If so I have a Kidney I'm not using should anyone have 100K they want to get rid of.
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This has been discussed. They are the track version because they are not street legal in the US. Headlights are irrelevant. But if you wanted to take the plates off an older Exige that you registered... While illegal, who would know?

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The easily identifiable VIN is just a sticker...of course if you get into an accident and someone looks at the other VINs...

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Too bad. There is a way of legally registering one if you happen to be WAY more skilled than I am. If you get it shipped over in pieces and assemble it yourself you can register it as a kit car (provided Lotus would do it). If I tried that it would fall apart driving out of my driveway.
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Too bad. There is a way of legally registering one if you happen to be WAY more skilled than I am. If you get it shipped over in pieces and assemble it yourself you can register it as a kit car (provided Lotus would do it). If I tried that it would fall apart driving out of my driveway.
Lotus will never send you an Exige S V-6 in pieces so that you can register it as a kit car.

Everyone keeps saying they can turn these non-street legal Lotus cars in to a street legal car yet, I still don't see any evidence of it.

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Lotus will never send you an Exige S V-6 in pieces so that you can register it as a kit car.

Everyone keeps saying they can turn these non-street legal Lotus cars in to a street legal car yet, I still don't see any evidence of it.
It's due to safety reasons...the only way the US would "legalize" the car is if someone fixed these reasons, and did rigorous testing...that would mean wrecking quite a few of these beautiful cars for data collection.

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All the v6 exiges I have seen at dealers dont have headlights, so I am intrigued by the OPs comment.
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Any way you can be more specific with the name of the dealership? Maybe we can get a number and ask them what's going on with the lights? I really like the idea of registering it as a kit car... I would love to do something along these lines... Is it legal if you have family/friends in Europe that could have the car dismantled and ship it in pieces, or must the manufacturer do the dismantle?

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Lotus of Greenville's website says they are getting two V6's, and that may well be true, but they have posted photos of V6's in Eurotrim (or non-US, anyway), so yes, these would have headlights, because in other countries there are both track and street versions.
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Any way you can be more specific with the name of the dealership? Maybe we can get a number and ask them what's going on with the lights? I really like the idea of registering it as a kit car... I would love to do something along these lines... Is it legal if you have family/friends in Europe that could have the car dismantled and ship it in pieces, or must the manufacturer do the dismantle?
The cost of first buying one over there then finding someone you trust to take the engine out, ship it to the US then finding another person you trust to put back together again then trying to register it knowing it's a 50/50 chance makes it cost prohibitive and not worth it.

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Lotus will have the last batches of Exige S V-6 in the air by the last couple days of the month which mean remaining dealers should see there cars by a week or two after.

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Abe, are you guys getting any?

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Lotus will never send you an Exige S V-6 in pieces so that you can register it as a kit car.

Everyone keeps saying they can turn these non-street legal Lotus cars in to a street legal car yet, I still don't see any evidence of it.
The evidence is US law. If you have the balls to build a car yourself the regulations allow for you to register it. There is a company in Cali called Local Motors who use that loophole to get their cars registered. They build to order and the client is brought in to help with the build. Since the owner is involved in the build they are able to register the vehicle. I agree about Lotus not going for that. That is why I qualified my statement. I am not sure what the dealer name was (although Greenville sounds familiar). I was just window shopping the interwebs and noticed it. It intrigued me.
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Abe, are you guys getting any?
Yes, I have a white one incoming

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The evidence is US law. If you have the balls to build a car yourself the regulations allow for you to register it. There is a company in Cali called Local Motors who use that loophole to get their cars registered. They build to order and the client is brought in to help with the build. Since the owner is involved in the build they are able to register the vehicle. I agree about Lotus not going for that. That is why I qualified my statement. I am not sure what the dealer name was (although Greenville sounds familiar). I was just window shopping the interwebs and noticed it. It intrigued me.
My buddy Max at Greenville has 2 incoming and anyone interested ought to give him a call...great guy

Throw enough money at it and anything is possible..probably why none one has bothered.

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Cool, post up when it comes in. I want to stop by and check it out. You won't have it in time for the Evora event, will you??

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Cool, post up when it comes in. I want to stop by and check it out. You won't have it in time for the Evora event, will you??
The cars will be in the air by the 31st of the month so I'm hoping it's in the showroom before the 9th of Feb.

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If the car is sold complete elsewhere bringing it here in "kit" form will do you no good. Read the laws before writing a check.

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All the v6 exiges I have seen at dealers dont have headlights, so I am intrigued by the OPs comment.
I've never seen one at a dealership, but never seen a pic of one without headlights.

even if it were a track-only car,. people still (would want to be able to) track and race their cars at night right?

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