EX-5.1 5 ex5_1.htm EXHIBIT 5.1

Exhibit 5.1
355 South Grand Avenue, Suite 100
Los Angeles, California  90071-1560
Tel: +1.213.485.1234  Fax: +1.213.891.8763
New York
Century City
Orange County
March 15, 2018
San Diego
San Francisco
Hong Kong
Silicon Valley
Los Angeles
Washington, D.C.
Motorcar Parts of America, Inc.
2929 California Street
Torrance, California 90503

Re:  Registration Statement on Form S-8 of Motorcar Parts of America, Inc.;
1,200,000 shares of Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We have acted as special counsel to Motorcar Parts of America, Inc., a New York corporation (the “Company”), in connection with the registration of an aggregate of 1,200,000 shares of common stock, $0.01 par value per share (the “Shares”), issuable pursuant to the Motorcar Parts of America, Inc. Third Amended and Restated 2010 Incentive Award Plan, dated November 15, 2017 (the “2010 Plan”).  The Shares are included in a registration statement on Form S–8 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) on March 15, 2018 (the “Registration Statement”).  This opinion is being furnished in connection with the requirements of Item 601(b)(5) of Regulation S-K under the Act.  No opinion is expressed herein as to any matter pertaining to the contents of the Registration Statement or any related Prospectus, other than as expressly stated herein with respect to the issue of the Shares.
As such counsel, we have examined such matters of fact and questions of law as we have considered appropriate for purposes of this letter.  With your consent, we have relied upon certificates and other assurances of officers of the Company and others as to factual matters without having independently verified such factual matters.  We are opining herein as to the New York Business Corporation Law, and we express no opinion with respect to any other laws.

March 15, 2018
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Subject to the foregoing and the other matters set forth herein, it is our opinion that, as of the date hereof, when the Shares shall have been duly registered on the books of the transfer agent and registrar therefor, and have been issued by the Company against payment therefor (not less than par value) in the circumstances contemplated by the Plan, the issue and sale of the Shares will have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action of the Company, and the Shares will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.  In rendering the foregoing opinion, we have assumed that the Company will comply with all applicable notice requirements regarding uncertificated shares provided in the New York Business Corporation Law.
This opinion is for your benefit in connection with the Registration Statement and may be relied upon by you and by persons entitled to rely upon it pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Act.  We consent to your filing this opinion as an exhibit to the Registration Statement.  In giving such consent, we do not thereby admit that we are in the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Act or the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder.
Very truly yours,
/s/ Latham & Watkins LLP