Feel free to add other states' regs to this list. Even though the system is inherently challenging with regards to gray market vehicle imports I do not advocate breaking the law. However, I do encourage creativity when it comes to problem solving.California Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Automotive Repair said:Verify that the vehicle conforms to U.S. and/or California emission control standards.
Check for conformity
The vehicle must meet either U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or California standards. It is legal in California to buy or sell a used vehicle that meets only federal standards, but such vehicles may be subject to the Smog Impact Fee upon initial California registration.
From 1966 on, all domestic vehicles sold new in California had to be factory-equipped to meet California standards. From 1968 on, all domestic and imported vehicles were required to meet U.S. air pollution standards.
Look for an underhood label
1971 and newer vehicles have label showing that they were manufactured to meet either California or U.S. standards. The label is affixed in the engine compartment or in a readily accessible location. At the top of the label are the words VEHICLE EMISSION CONTROL INFORMATION and the corporate name or trademark of the manufacturer.
Gray market (direct import) vehicles not originally designed to meet U.S. specifications may require major modifications and must be certified by the Air Resources Board before registration in California.
Thats still stupid. Bit like those Japanese who order LHD Accords and Eclipses, so they can pretend to be American... What side the steering wheel sits has nothing to do with the car's "spiritual roots". And the reason why Japan drives on the left goes right back to Caesar.In SoCal it's really hard to stand out from the crowd. Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and Porsches are prevalent. RHD will get looks from other import tuner type enthusiasts who recognize the rarity and the connection to the car's spiritual roots back home in Japan where they are RHD.