Journal: What Black Market Car Do You Want to See in the U.S.?

What Black Market Car Do You Want to See in the U.S.?

By Petrolicious Productions
October 15, 2013

The government is in the middle of a schoolyard fight about who took who’s lunch money in 2012, and while we won’t side with any particular party, we will, however, take advantage of the government’s attention being diverted elsewhere. While the DOT and EPA continue to tell us what cars are good for us, Customs still remains the final barrier to clear. So what’s a classic car enthusiast to do but wonder what American roads would look like if Customs was to shut down?

We’ve all thought about it or even started colorful debates pitting which cars were worthy of our devotion to smuggle in. After all, Europe seems to get all the fun stuff, like the Nissan Skyline R32 (33 and 34) and the Ford RS200. Hell, even a Pagani Zonda would be nice to see at a Cars And Coffee event.

What black market car would you import if Customs weren’t an issue?

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Callum Andjelkovich Meagher
Callum Andjelkovich Meagher(@fb_100000322832127)
8 years ago

I live in the UK so I don’t really know what is and isn’t out there, but I assume there aren’t really any B5 RS4’s out there, which are rare enough anyway, but if you don’t have the 190 Evo or R33, they should be smuggled in!

Scott Wagner
Scott Wagner(@panzerace)
8 years ago

Lada Niva and the HSV GTS/Vauxhall VXR8

Jeffrey Cole
Jeffrey Cole(@milgo)
8 years ago

Lancia Hyena is an inspired choice. I also think Alfa Brera is stunning and would kill to have one. Prodrive makes them fast and handle. Maserati Ghibli Cup. Understated supercar.

Den van den Ende
Den van den Ende(@bachus-hollandus)
8 years ago

Sorry to correct you, but in the case of the Skylines, us Europeans don’t get all the “fun stuff” Skyline R34/33/32 etc. are only available to us via the Import-scene. Only in Great Britain the R34 was available at Nissan Dealers. Continental Europe had to go without or import the car from the U.K. or Japan, just like you.

Raman Dooman
Raman Dooman(@raman)
8 years ago

Lancia Integrale Evo, Fiat Coupé

Wade Fredheim
Wade Fredheim(@wadesbrain)
8 years ago

Im really boring but I’d love to get my hands on a new Audi A3 TDI two door.

chip caruana
chip caruana(@ccaruana)
8 years ago

Mazda 6 wagon!

Richard Love
Richard Love(@slikdik)
8 years ago

Any new “traditional” Morgan!

Inigo Loy Colmenar
Inigo Loy Colmenar(@fb_758048858)
8 years ago

Mercedes 190E Evo2, Ford Escort RS Cosworth

Bertram Wooster
Bertram Wooster(@fb_100002929454700)
8 years ago

Just one? Awww…

O.K., Lancia Hyena:

JanMichael Franklin
JanMichael Franklin(@jmfranklin)
8 years ago

I know it isn’t a classic, but the Ginetta G50 from the UK is probably the closest thing to a modern 60’s sports coupe. I’d kill to have one here.

Jake Williams
Jake Williams(@shred316)
8 years ago

Any Alfa Romeo from the past 15 years, any of the Nissan Skyline GTR’s, Lancia Delta Integrale, Lancia 037, and although they’re crazy hard to drive, any of the TVRs. Other than that… my favorite, the Lancia Fulvia 1.3s Series 2. That about covers it for me.

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman(@fb_1293493178)
8 years ago

lancia delta integrale


Tommy Plouffe
Tommy Plouffe(@cobrasvt99)
8 years ago

I don’t know about the US, but for the Canada, I’d F****ing like to get a Fiat 500 1957-1975! I am so angry about the fact that Only 2008 to today’s Fiat are legal in Canada…

Is there a way to ask to add a car to the legal car list of Canada?

8 years ago

Nissan skyline r32 gtr

andrew zahnow
andrew zahnow(@ajzahnow)
8 years ago

land rover defender 90/110 post ’97

Steve Jain
Steve Jain(@jainbaby)
8 years ago

That Alfa is Gorgeous. When I was in Italy in Feb, I bought my kids models of that car…both boys love it!

Xander Cesari
Xander Cesari(@xander18)
8 years ago

Rather a moot point now that it’s out of production, but there’s no car I eagerly await the 25 year mark more than the Alfa Romeo Brera:

Doug Churchill
Doug Churchill(@decoupe)
8 years ago

Any of the diesel BMW/Audi/Merc’s we never see in NAm that flew by me on the Italian Autostrada (rental Nissan Note with four adults and gear).

Adam Holter
Adam Holter(@aholter90)
8 years ago

Diesel Hilux, 1967-and-up Aussie-only Dodge Dart wagon, Plymouth Valiant Ute (in a huge way), those are my big three. I mean, I know all of them are basically past the age where it would be difficult to import them, so none of these would be a challenge to get here even despite Customs keeping the lights on.

William L
William L(@fb_594998384)
8 years ago

Smart Roadster!

Future Doc
Future Doc(@futuredoc)
8 years ago
Reply to  William L

YES! and the swap out the transmission for a 5S, perfect!

8 years ago

205 GTI, 106 GTI, 306 GTI, Delta HF, Escort Cosworth, B22, Carver 1, Lupo GTI, Focus RS, Puma RS, Zonda, 500 TwinAir, Clio RS, Menage RS, DS3, Beet, Cappuccino, AZ-1, R1, Evo 3, Evo6 Makinen, etc. Those seem to be a good place to start.

Walter R. Moore
Walter R. Moore(@moorewr)
8 years ago

An Audi RS2 tops my list…