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2004 smart Fortwo NYPD Police [450]

2004 smart Fortwo [450] in Suits, TV Series, 2011-2019 IMDB Ep. 6.07

Class: Cars, Supermini — Model origin: DE — Built in: FR — Made for: USA

2004 smart Fortwo NYPD Police [450]

Position 00:16:23 [*] Background vehicle

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antp BE

2016-08-29 19:52

I don't remember if we already got such NYPD smart on the site :think:

dhill_cb7 US

2023-12-03 03:09

antp wrote I don't remember if we already got such NYPD smart on the site :think:

These were imported by a California company and officially sold EU models in the US. Modifications were made to confirm to our laws.

wikipedia.org wrote In early 2006, prior to formal importation to the United States, a specialty firm—G and K Auto conversions of Santa Ana, California, received DOT, NHTSA, and EPA approval to market a modified European specification Smart Fortwo in the US. Modifications for the grey market vehicles included DOT certified headlights, front and rear side marker lights, reinforced doors for additional side impact protection, an odometer in miles rather than kilometres, and soft padding on the interior pillars and ceiling. Approximately 1,000 model year 2004, 2005, and 2006 cars were imported.

Baube QC

2023-12-03 03:12

1,000 of each year or overall ?

dhill_cb7 US

2023-12-03 03:14

Not sure if made for US is appropriate? We have one VIN example on gtcarlot and it has an EU VIN.

@antp what say you? Leave the US tag?

http://gtcarlot.com/colors/car/59054226.html

-- Last edit: 2023-12-03 03:15:45

Baube QC

2023-12-03 03:30

i'd say they were federalized but not made for US , a little bit like the bunch of Countach that 993cc unearthed earlier ( ok, there is a slight tiny little difference between a Countach and a Fortwo but the situation looks similar to me )

i wonder why they just didn't took canadian ones and switch the speedometer to a MPH one.. :think:

-- Last edit: 2023-12-03 03:37:08

dsl SX

2023-12-03 03:59

Better to leave as made for US (so it can be retrieved if ever needed) than untagged (where it would sink into the swamp). Even though Merc didn't do the federalisation themselves, it looks as if it was a specifically organised batch, and to round up 1000+ presumably brand new Smarts must have had some degree of support from Merc to make it happen. Some official 50s/60s US imports from Europe were "finished off" for US specs when they arrived at the importers or the dockside and get made for US tags, and this looks like a similar process.

Baube QC

2023-12-03 04:59

from this point of view, i'd agree

antp BE

2023-12-05 14:53

"made for US" is also to see as "modified for US".
Like in the 80s I remember that many vehicles were modified by the importer to comply with Belgian law that required a fog light on the rear. We list these as "made for B" though that I don't think it was always factory-made

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