America is one of the largest car markets in the world, but even the people of the United States cannot have it all. Despite the wide array of choices, there are some cars which require special permission to enter the country for show or display. While these examples can be driven a few thousand miles a year, which is more than enough for such an exotic car, some vehicles are banned under all circumstances. Here are 30 of them.
1.2003 TVR Tuscan
All TVR cars that are produced between 1996 and 2006 are banned in the States, but we have separated the 2003 Tuscan since it was featured in John Travolta’s movie called Swordfish. The car has no airbags and antilock brakes, and it would take some work to make it street-legal in America.
2.1993 Lamborghini Strosek Diablo
Although only a few people would be able to buy this Lamborghini Strosek Diablo, it is illegal in America. And if you wonder why just take a look at that design.
3.2004 Volkswagen Beetle “Ultima Edicion”
The last edition of the Volkswagen Beetle that was built in Mexico never made it across the borders even though the car is really cool. The reason “Ultima Edicion” was never sold in the States is safety equipment that is not compliant with US standards.
4.1993 Jaguar XJ220S
Jaguar produced only six examples of the XJ220S, but only one of these has ever made it to the States. The others are banned for good.
5.Lotus Elise Series 1
Lotus is famous for making light, and powerful vehicle and this Elise is no exception. It weighs less than 1,600 pounds, but the purist design stopped this car from entering the USA. The Elise Series 1 was produced from 1996 to 2001, and not a single model crossed the border.
6.2002 Morgan LeMans ’62 Prototype
You will have a hard time finding a Morgan that is street-legal in America. There are only three models on sale out of the last 50 on the company’s official website, and one of them is a three-wheeler. This LeMans Prototype is not one of them.
Honda assembled this cute mid-engine RWD sports car back in the early 1990s, and even though the sales of the Beat were high, it has never been sold outside of Japan.
8.1999 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R
Unfortunately, the 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R has never made it into the US. This is arguably one of the hottest vehicles which were not designed to comply with the regulations on the US roads.
9.1992 Mazda Cosmo
Mazda was trying to combat Lexus which is why they came up with the elegant Cosmo coupe. And instead of creating a premium brand, Cosmo never left Japan, plus, it is one of the cars that was on America’s blacklist.
10.2008 Fiat 500 Abarth
In 2010, the Fiat 500 Abarth reached the US, but those who wanted a European model weren’t so lucky. The 2008 Fiat has never made it, and it is one of the banned vehicles in the States.
11.2012 Lotus 340R
The Lotus 340R is one of the unique cars, and it comes without doors, windows or a roof. This means that banning this sporty model was an easy task.
12.2012 Saab 9-5 Sportcombi
The Saab 9-5 Sportcombi was introduced at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, and it was supposed to go on sale in the USA. Meanwhile, the company went bankrupt, and the things changed significantly, so the Sportcombi stayed outside the US.
13.1992 Smart Crossblade
The Smart Crossblade is a dangerous car, and it has no doors windows and a roof, just to name a few. Of course, this model was never introduced in the States due to safety concerns.
14.1995 Rover Mini Cooper
Although a classic Mini Cooper is one of the favorite collectible vehicles, the 1995 Rover model won’t be in the garage of an American collector.
15.2010 Alfa Romeo 8C Spider Roadster
When carmakers produce models they want to launch in America, they need to be aware of numerous safety issues and regulations. When Alfa Romeo produced the Spider 8C Roadster, the US market wasn’t a priority, which is why America was left deprived of one of the hottest cars assembled in the 21st century until now.
16.1994 Toyota Supra
If you cannot find the 1994 Supra in the States, don’t try to import one because it is on the NHTSA’s blacklist. Luckily for the Supra fans, only 1994 model is not allowed to enter the country.
17.1992 Porsche Carrera 911 RS (964)
The top speed of the Carrera 911 RS (964) is limited to 160 miles per hour, but, unfortunately, drivers in America will never know how this lightweight car from Europe behaves on the road due to emission and safety regulations.
18.1993 Aston Martin Virage Volante
Aston Martin produced only 13 examples of the Virage Volante, and only one had made it to the United States. The rest are banned.
19.2012 Skoda Fabia Greenline II
While there are more attractive cars than the Skoda Fabia, its frugality is the reason this model is popular over the pond. But don’t try to import this vehicle, if you ever planned to do so.
Just like the Tuscan, this TVR Sagaris was also banned in the country. That is disappointing since this car weighs less than 2,500 pounds and produces 380 horsepower resulting in impressive performances.
21.1991 Nissan Figaro
Nissan assembled 12,000 models of the Figaro, and ever since it went on sale, the NHTSA put it on its blacklist. If you are living outside America, you can buy one model for under $10K.
22.1995 Audi Avant RS2
Wagons assembled in Germany have been popular in the States for a long time, but this Avant RS2 from 1995 never got a chance to compete in the US market.
23.2000 Fiat 126p
The tiny Fiat 126 got sold to over 4.5 million customers, and it was considered “people’s car” when it went on sale. It was built in Poland, but it never found its way across the Atlantic Ocean.
If you love the way TVR makes cars, you are unlucky to live in the States. The 1996 Cerbera is definitely a cool model which delivers 420 horsepower and that can accelerate to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. But it wasn’t built for the US roads.
25.1987 BMW M6
Even though this BMW M6 rolled out of the plant in 1987, the enthusiasts still want to get hold of this handsome car. However, importing it is not a possibility, and we are sorry to be the bearers of bad news.
26.1989 Porsche 959 S
The Porsche 959 S is the limited-edition racing car and finding this model is already difficult. Only a few examples are built, but none of them made it to the States.
27.1985 Citroen 2CV Dolly
The 2CV Dolly can be found on the roads of America, but the 1985 model is not one of them. Even though it is a classic car, the NHTSA put it on the blacklist.
28.1991 Toyota Sera
We can agree that Toyota Sera is not a supercar, but it is quite interesting as it comes with butterfly doors, and this hatchback coupe had a great run in Japan. Unfortunately, it has remained off-limits in America.
29.1990 Porsche Carrera 4 Lightweight
This is one of the models that should have made its way to the States, despite the NHTSA’s blacklist. Only 20 models were produced, but importing one is impossible.
We have started this list with the TVR, and we should finish it with a TVR. The T350 is a fast car, but once again, NHTSA is responsible for the fact that not a single unit of the T350 entered the country.