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January 10, 2022

The United States is famous for its overwhelming car culture. Americans love their cars. They love them fast, they love them durable, they love them powerful. Nothing, though, makes the heart grow fonder than forbidden fruit. In 1988 a law was passed that made it illegal for cars not meant for the US market to be imported under the umbrella of ‘gray market imports.’ That law came about supposedly because of shady alterations and labeling of these gray market imports highlighted when Mercedes tried to buy gray market imports of their own car only to find things like the air bags having been removed. To protect consumers, and probably more importantly to protect manufacturers who found themselves competing against their own cars, the law was passed to keep cars not meant for the US out of the United States. This meant that Porsche enthusiast Bill Gates was denied his all singing all dancing Porsche 959. After a ten year long battle with customs the ‘Show and Display’ exemption was formed that limited use to 2500 hundred miles a year if you could make the car pass smog. For some cars, that was a big if. The only other way around the ban is the 25 year rule that allows for personally importing a car 25 years after it left production. This still leaves a desirable group of vehicles outside of the reach of the American gearhead even if they had the deep pockets to pay the asking price. Here are some of the best cars Americans just can’t have. Which one tops your list as the white whale you can’t possess? Let know in the comments and be sure to like and subscribe while you’re there to get the latest in your inbox.

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Written by: Ryan Carbrey
Narrated by: Michael Neeb
Edited by: Vitalii V.

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0:00 The Legend of Cars we can’t have, the Porsche 959
2:03 Donkervoort D8 GTO Blister Berg Edition
3:28 Pagani Zonda
4:17 Aston Martin Lagonda Tarif
5:20 Noble M600
6:06 TVR Sagaris
6:50 Lamborghini Diablo Strosek
7:41 Wiesmann GT MF5
8:34 Jaguar XJ200S
10:04 Nissan Skyline R34 GTR V Spec
11:07 Alfa Romeo 8C Spider
11:52 The Ins and Outs of Morgans
12:38 Pre-2021 Land Rover Defenders
13:42 Renault V6 Clio Sport
14:41 Toyota Hilux

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