The US government (specifically the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has strict rules around cars that can and cannot be imported into the United States. The reasons vary for why a certain make or model isn’t allowed to be imported, but the list continues to get updated with new cars every year or two. Here are some stats from the latest list of illegal cars, published in February 2017.

  • Most recent addition: 2015 Porsche FAB Panamera
  • Manufacturer with the most illegal cars: Nissan (11)
  • Year with the most illegal cars: 2000 (10)

 

List of Illegal Cars in the US for Importation to Show or Display (latest data as of February 2017)

Make Model Model Year
Alfa Romeo 8C Spider Roadster 2010
Aprilia Moto 6.5 1995
Aston Martin Virage Volante 1993
Audi Avant RS2 1995
Audi RS6 Plus 2004
Bancroft Roadster 1993
Beijing Auto. Ind. Holding Rodedawg 2005
BMW 2nd Anniversary Limited Edition Mini Cooper S 2004
BMW M3 Cabriolet 1989
BMW M3 Sport Evolution III 1990
BMW M6 1987
Chevrolet Jimmy 1998-2009
Citroen 2CV Dolly 1985
Crosslander 244X 2005
Daimler-Chrysler Smart Car 2000
Fiat 126 P 2000
Fiat 500 Abarth 2008
Hesketh V1000 1980-1983
Honda Beat 1991-1996
Honda Civic Type-R 1997-2000
Honda CRX Exclusive 1989
Jaguar XJ12 Saloon 1988
Jaguar XJ 220 S (race car) 1993
Lamborghini Strosek Diablo 1993
Land Rover Defender 130 2000-2001
Lotus 340 R 2000
Lotus Elise S1 1996 – 2001
Mazda Cosmo 1992
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Tommi Makinen Edition RD- RHD 2000
Morgan LeMans ’62 Prototype 2002
Nissan Figaro 1990 – 1991
Nissan Pulsar 1991
Nissan Skyline GTS-T 1995
Nissan Skyline GT-R Autech Version 40th Anniversary Edition 1998
Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R 1989 – 1994
Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R 1995
Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R V-Spec 1995-1996
Nissan Skyline R34 1999
Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R V-Spec 1999
Nissan Skyline R34 GT-T 1999
Nissan Skyline R34 25GT-T 2001
Pegaso Z-103 1991
Porsche 959 S (race car) 1989
Porsche 962 RLR 1990
Porsche 964 RS 1992
Porsche Carrera 4 Lightweight (race car) 1990
Porsche FAB Panamera 2015
Renault Avantime 2002
Robin Hood S7 1983
Rover Mini Cooper 1995, 1998 – 2000
Rover Mini Cooper RSP / LE 1990
Saab 9-5 SportCombi 2012
Skoda Fabia Greenline II 2012
Smart Crossblade 2002
Toyota Carina 1987
Toyota HDJ81 Land Cruiser 1990
Toyota Sera 1991
Toyota Supra 1994
Trabant 601-S 1981
Trabant P601 1989
Triumph Bonneville M/C 1981
TVR Sagaris, T350, Tuscan, Cerbera 1996-2006
Volkswagen Beetle (Old Style) 2000
Volkswagen Beetle (Ultimate Edition) 2003
Volkswagen Beetle (Ultima Edition) 2004
Volkswagen Corrado Magnum Sport Kombi 1990
Volkswagen Polo TDI BlueMotion 2012-2013
Volkswagen Type 2 Vanagon Double Cab Pickup Truck 1986
Yamaha TZR250R 1991
Zastava Fica 1985

 

You also have to register to be an importer of foreign vehicles. There are strict guidelines that importers must follow, and if the rules are broken, occasionally ]importers get their registration revoked or suspended for a period of time. Below is the most recent lists available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Importers Whose Registrations are Revoked (latest data as of June 2016)

Registered Importer and Address RI Number Contact Number Effective Date
US IMPORTING, LLC, 6050 BIRCH RD, FLINT, MI 48507 05-340 810-244-0909 June 1, 2016
U.S. Drive Right, 2002 Elwood, Spring Arbor, MI 49283 08-355 888-632-5936 March 18, 2013
Galena Chrysler, 937 Galena Square Drive, Galena, IL 61036 08-357 815-777-1777 March 9, 2011
PNT Registered Importer, P.O. Box 565, 20 Kernan Road, Oroville, WA 98844 98-180 509-476-3581 November 24, 2008
Barry Taylor Enterprises, 110 South 23RD St., Suite E Richmond, CA 94804 01-280 510-235-3990 March 31, 2008
Motorex, 15607 New Century Drive, Gardena, CA 90248 99-229 310-523-2233 February 15, 2006
Registered Importer Corporation, 301 Kinetic Drive, Bld 1, Ent 1 Oxnard, CA 93030 01-290 805-988-0065 December 15, 2005

 

Importers Whose Registrations Are Suspended (latest data as of December 2013)

Registered Importer and Address RI Number Contact Number Effective Date
US Specs 121 Northway Drive Havre de Grace, MD 21078 03-321 443-502-2331 November 25, 2013

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