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.?

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
October 15, 2013
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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

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

Lada Niva and the HSV GTS/Vauxhall VXR8

Jeffrey Cole
Jeffrey Cole

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

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

Lancia Integrale Evo, Fiat Coupé

Wade Fredheim
Wade Fredheim

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

chip caruana
chip caruana

Mazda 6 wagon!

Richard Love
Richard Love

Any new “traditional” Morgan!
Dick

Inigo Loy Colmenar
Inigo Loy Colmenar

Mercedes 190E Evo2, Ford Escort RS Cosworth

Bertram Wooster
Bertram Wooster

Just one? Awww…

O.K., Lancia Hyena:

JanMichael Franklin
JanMichael Franklin

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

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

lancia delta integrale

🙂

Tommy Plouffe
Tommy Plouffe

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?

AJV
AJV

Nissan skyline r32 gtr

andrew zahnow
andrew zahnow

land rover defender 90/110 post ’97

Steve Jain
Steve Jain

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

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:

http://www.hdwallpapersinn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/alfa-romeo-brera-2.jpg

Doug Churchill
Doug Churchill

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

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

Smart Roadster!

Future Doc
Future Doc

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

JB21
JB21

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 Moore
Walter Moore

An Audi RS2 tops my list…