35 Foreign Cars You Can’t Own In the USA

Well why the heck not?! Some of these cars are illegal in the states for specific reasons, some are simply not available to be distributed over here, but regardless of why - all of the following vehicles are simply not able to be owned by anyone in the United States. (Well, if you’ve got enough money and know enough people, you can probably get one for yourself but it’s not likely). The reasons of disallowance vary. For one car the reason is: “The compact Smart Car has no roof, windows or doors. That’s a big no-no for United States automobile safety regulations.” Another car is not found on American streets because: “It’s only available in Europe and Europeans love it for the same reasons Americans love SUVs. It’s family friendly and has a sleek design.” And yet, another:  “It's the ultimate marriage of high end luxury and power. It's also banned. The **** ** was only released to the Middle East, Russia, and Europe. In the United States it earned a spot on the NHSTA's nonconforming list. Hence, it's banned.” So, as you can see, these cars can’t come to our streets for a number of reasons. That means all you can do is enjoy them from afar with the help of this list!


If you’ve ever been to Europe or Asia and taken a good, hard look at the vehicles driving around – you’re bound to notice there’s some cars you’ve never seen before. Sure, some styles just don’t sell well in the States and so they are not marketed. But there’s also a select amount of cars that are not allowed to be sold or are banned entirely from U.S. soil. Which is odd, but interesting. Check these out, some of the reasons why might just shock you!


35. Saab 9-5 Sportcombi

The Sportcombi made quite a splash at the 2011 Geneva AutoSshow. Since it was the crowd darling it subsequently became one of the most sought after cars in the United States. Saab promised to make it happen as soon as production finished. However, they ended up in bankruptcy with a very few Saab 9–5 Sportcombis being produced. Still, enthusiasts looked for them everywhere (even auction), yet were met with challenges because Sportcombis had such a low production run. An extra layer of difficulty was added when United States banned the Sportcombi for reasons unknown. Today it’s impossible to procure one at all.

34. Honda Beat


OK, so technically this one isn’t banned in the United States. Consider it a ban of technicality because it’s just not produced for the North American market. People in Japan love the Honda Beat because of its unique look, comfortable drivability and compact set up. Add to that a lower price point and you have a hit with people who live on limited or fixed budgets. And yes, you could try to get a Honda Beat shipped if you have a lot of connections and money. Import taxes, container fees and shipping alone would probably triple the price of the vehicle. So unless you are really sold, and financially wanton, just find something similar and drive that instead.

33. Vauxhall Astra


With a base price of right around $23,000, the Vauxhall Astra is really quite affordable. It’s described as being “very nimble on the road”, which is something all of us appreciate in a vehicle. Later models feature front facing cameras that sense traffic patterns to aid driver and passenger safety for the whole family. Also the Astra comes equipped with features like park assist and keyless entry. It’s one of the few small hatchbacks Europeans are in love with. Maybe that’s because the name Vauxhall means “pleasure garden.” However, you won’t fall head over heels for the pleasure garden. It’s not available in the US.

32. Mercedes-Benz Unimog


What we call a “side-by-side”, Europeans refer to as a Mercedes-Benz Unimog. At least, that’s what we can gather. The Unimog is popular in Europe because it handles the roughest terrain with ease. Plus, different options are available depending on what you want to use the vehicle for. Need a wilderness rover? No problem. Want a commercial transport vehicle instead? Accessories can help you convert it for those purposes too. Perhaps the coolest feature is the tire pressure control that self adjusts during trips to ensure smooth driving over varied terrain. With sheer force and solid engineering, the Unimog is one of the best all purpose, utility vehicles you will never own in the United States.

31. Rover Mini Cooper


So you may think you have a Mini Cooper with bragging rights entitled. And you do, until you see the one across the pond you will NEVER own. Yep, it’s banned in the US. And its a shame because the Rover Mini Cooper beats them all. A bit more macho, it carries the same Mini Cooper DNA and remains one of the most usable and attainable options on the market. UK enthusiasts think of them as a classic every day driver. Plus, owning one means an almost guaranteed return on investment. Collectors have driven values into the stratosphere over the years.

30. Morgan Lemans ’62 Prototype


Many people in the United States own a classic Morgan Lemans. However, if you are looking for a 1962 Morgan Lemans Prototype then you’re out of luck. Seems like we have an unfortunate situation with the auto makers contact in the United States. Their name is “Isis Imports”, so yeah, that’s a no go for the red, white, and blue. And while they only have three different cars under their name (none of them dangerously fast or out of the ordinary), the United States still won’t let you purchase one. Seems like the only way you are going to see this fancy classic is grabbing a passport and traveling abroad.

29. Fiat Panda


Don’t you wish your Fiat came with a 4 x 4 option? The Fiat Panda does. Native to Italy, this car is as popular in Europe as it is in the United States. However, they just never decided to make them available to the United States. Unique features of the Panda include anti-whiplash head rests and Bluetooth through the onboard Uconnect app. We have wanted this car desperately in the states for years because it’s fun and has a can do attitude. It almost looks like a Sprinter van went through a shrinking machine! Give us the Panda!

28. Skoda Fabia


Who knew the Czech people could be such fun? Just saying the name Skoda Fabia makes us smile!. Made in a variety of spring colors, the Skoda features on board navigation and Wi-Fi. It was made for people to have fun and enjoy, just like the name suggests. However, you won’t get one here in the states. It’s simply not available. To catch this head turner in action you’ll have to travel several thousand miles. Oh yeah, you may want to bring a parka should you happen to land in winter!

27. Smart Crossblade


Made in 1992, the Smart Crossblade had a very futuristic design that many said was ahead of its time. However, one close look at the vehicle and you will see why it never made it to the United States. The compact Smart Car has no roof, windows or doors. That’s a big no-no for United States automobile safety regulations. Our smart car vehicles are a bit more insulated. However, it’s wild to look at this vehicle and see how much it resembles a modern-day Smart Car even though it was made in the early 90s.

26. Lotus Elise Series 1


When it first debuted in 1996, the Lotus Elise Series 1 was designed to carry an extremely low curb weight and equally low center of gravity. The genius of designer Julian Thompson lay in its well thought out design. The Lotus is significantly faster then similar cars with larger engines. In fact, their cars are so expertly designed they should be illegal (oh wait, this one is in the US). Interestingly enough, the Elite Series 1 is the base model, proceeded by the Lotus 340 R, which is also banned in the states.

25. Renault Mégane R.S.


While many regard Renault as a has been classic French import, they are alive and well, just not in the states. The Renault Megane R.S. Is one of their more modern vehicles with a base price hovering around $40,000. The reason it’s illegal in the states? The Megane is made for race track driving. In fact, hydraulic compression is used as a second shock observer when braking, thus it handles the road like a supreme champion. Don’t fret though. You can find extra features on board like automatic braking and lane departure to keep drivers safe on the track. Too bad it’s not available in the states. We would love to see it scream wide open across the Bonneville Salt Flats.

24. Peugeot 3008 SUV


Here’s another sad tale from Peugeot. And no, we don’t mean the string of failed automobile designs from the mid 70s to mid 80s. We’re talking about the 3008 SUV. It’s only available in Europe and Europeans love it for the same reasons Americans love SUVs. It’s family friendly and has a sleek design. Plus, now that Peugeot has caught up with technology there are more creature comforts. Expect to find features like navigation and park assist for smooth moving all the way to your destination. Oh yeah, another neat thing about this 3008 is the roof. It’s made completely of glass. This means even backseat riders get a spectacular view of the sky no matter the time of day.

23. Porsche Carrera 964 RS

PORSCHE CARRERA 964 RS(Silverstone Auctions)
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The Carrera 964 is almost identical to the Porsche Carrera 911 RS. The 964 features incredibly light weight construction. Most of the non-essential features have been stripped giving it an unimaginable power to weight ratio. In other words, this is one hell of a speed demon! And while you can’t get one in the states, they did make an RS version of the Carrera 964. It was produced between 1993 and 1994, based on the Porsche Carrera 2. So, while there is an RS version for the American market, it’s not based on the original 964 concept. That one is restricted to European markets only. Good thing there are plenty of Porsche products available in the US.

22. 1994 Toyota Supra


Take hope Toyota fans. While the 1994 supra is still on the ban list for the states, there is a countdown clock. As it happens, foreign models that are younger than 25 years are barred from entry to the US. That means the 94 supra falls just short of that specification. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t own a Toyota Supra. There are numerous other year models to be had. And there is a light at the end of the tunnel. By 2030, all Americans should have access to any of the JDM legends because the ban will expire. This gives us all a reason to keep living.

21. Dacia Duster


Never heard of the Dacia Duster? It’s a sharp little SUV produced by a Romanian car manufacturer. The name is taken from the historic region now known as modern-day Romania. Founded in 1966 it was independent for decades until falling under French manufacturer Renault in 1999. The Duster features multiple cameras throughout for safe driving, a hill start assist feature and navigation to keep your grill pointed in the right direction. Base models start at between $15,000-$17,000, but alas, you won’t find one in the states.

20. Citrogën C3


Calling all foreign markets only. The Citrogen C3 has one of the most unique designs we’ve seen for a small compact car. She has plenty of curves, bumps and interesting color schemes. Yet, the design is purposeful. For instance, those trendy little square bumps on the side of the vehicle are filled with air. They serve to protect the car in case it is hit, so it bounces back after absorbing door shock. Throw in all of the nifty color combinations and you have an envious compact vehicle. However, you can’t find one on United States soil. They simply aren’t sold here.

19. Lamborghini Diablo


So the Lamborghini Diablo replaced the Murcielago. Production ran from 1990 to 2001. Powered by a V 12 engine pushing 485 brake horse power, the Diablo has more than enough power to match any supercar head to head in its class. All things considered, this isn’t really surprising for a vehicle sporting the Lamborghini badge. However, you won’t find any 1997 models in the US because they are on the NHSTA’s blacklist. Seems like Lamborghini couldn’t get on board with production and design engineers to meet all of the safety requirements for imports. Yet, there are a few Diablos in America because Lamborghini offered a limited production run of 25 built specifically for the North American automobile market. The rest are all overseas.

18. Porsche Carrera 911 RS


Here’s another Porsche you won’t find in the US. The reason is it does not conform to the NHSTA’s conformity standards. The 911 RS was built with the 2.7 L engine capable of producing 210 horse power. And while the horse power may not not seem like much, it’s enough to propel this tiny little racer to the head of the pack in terms of speed. Many say the Carrera 911 RS is a testament to the type of quality Porsche puts into their vehicles. Find somebody overseas with a 1973 to 1974 model. If you’re lucky enough to get behind the wheel enjoy it because you will never get that experience stateside. Push the pedal to the floor, and instantly, you will have a cosmic understanding of the brand.

17. León Cupra R


Here’s a fun fact. The Leon Cupra R is a limited edition hatchback vehicle only sold in Europe. You may have never heard of it unless you are a banned car list enthusiast. The engine produces an astonishing 310 hp which makes it incredibly fast. Plus, the color scheme is unique. It’s a blend of matte black carbon fiber accented with copper. It draws your eye across every angular detailed edge. The Leon also has an insane sound system that truly immerses you into an audio experience while driving. Heated seats provide extra warmth on cold start days. However, since it’s not available in the US we just say that’s plain cold hearted.

16. Nissan Qashqai


Surprisingly, the Nissan Qashqai has been around since 2006. The first rendition sold under a different name, Nissan Dualis, and was available in both Japan and Australia. The second generation released in 2014 under the new name. If it looks familiar, there’s good reason. In the states we know the Qashqai as the Nissan Rogue Sport. So the Qashqai proves a rose by any other name smells just as sweet. It’s off-road capability, handling and beefy infotainment system make it a standard among vehicles in its class overseas, while the Rogue Sport sets the bar pretty high for us US imports.

15. Bentley Azure Mark II


Volkswagen snagged Bentley at a time when the Azure was in its first generation. That run stretched all the way to 2003. In 2006 they did a reboot, calling it the Bentley Azure Mark II. It was an attempt to breathe life into the vehicle. Part of doing this involved a beastly 450 horsepower engine. It’s the ultimate marriage of high end luxury and power. It’s also banned. The Mark II was only released to the Middle East, Russia, and Europe. In the United States it earned a spot on the NHSTA’s nonconforming list. Hence, it’s banned.

14. Volkswagen XL1


The Volkswagen XL1 is the third rendition of the popular auto manufacturers one liter car. Essentially, it’s a diesel hybrid plug-in. When it made an appearance at the 2011 Qatar motor show people were more excited about the three wheel aspect then anything else. You would think gas mileage efficiency of approximately 260 miles per gallon would get you excited, but that third rear wheel was the real player. They certainly weren’t excited about the engine. It’s a two cylinder turbo diesel pump generating 47 hp. Yet, with a production run of only 250 units, it became an instant classic. Too bad it ticks more than a few boxes on the NHSTA import checklist. Because of that, the XL1 won’t be on any new dealership parking lots in the US.

13. TVR Tuscan


What do you get when you have a front mid engine, rear wheel drive super car made from the early 90s to mid two thousands? Banned in the USA, that’s what. Such is life for the TVR Tuscan. The in-line six cylinder engine generates 350 brake horsepower which isn’t really that impressive for supercars. What makes it a beast is the incredibly compact design. Low weight and many horses under the hood equal massive amounts of speed. This is exactly why it was banned in the US. Tuscan’s were built to elevate performance over everything else, even safety.

12. Aston Martin Virage


Car enthusiasts went nuts when the Aston Martin Virage re-released at the Geneva Auto Show after taking an 11 year break. The 2+2 roadster stacks a 5.9 L V 12 engine generating 490 brake horsepower. And while it’s banned in the United States, it’s considered to be somewhat “in the middle” as compared to other Aston Martins. For comparison, it’s a bit sharper than the DB9, yet less aggressive than the beastly DBS. Ironically, the original Virage made between 1990- 1993 was available for purchase in the North American automobile market. However, all of that changed when the new model came out with no passenger airbags and wasn’t able to pass emissions standards. Good thing there are plenty of other street legal Aston Martin models for us to drive!

11. Wiesmann GT MF5


Before liquidation in May 2014, Wiesmann existed as an independent German auto manufacturer. Their specialty of course was hand built, custom automobiles the likes of which you have probably only dreamed of. One of the more popular designs was the Wiesmann GTMF5. And even though they aren’t legal in the US, you would have a tough time finding one anyway. Only 55 units were produced in 2009. However, if you could score one expect to find a V10 BMW S 85 engine nestled underneath the hood. Put your seat belt on because that engine generates a whopping 547 hp and is specially tuned to maximize track efficiency. That means it will take off like a rocket in layman‘s terms. So to recap, banned in the US, low production run, extremely expensive… Yeah, good luck.

10. Nissan Patrol


The Nissan Patrol looks a bit like the Pathfinder and Cube combined, but it’s a closer relation to the Armada all things considered. The Patrol was produced from 1997 to 2013 and ultimately saw five generations. There were different trim models with engines ranging from 2.8 liter to 4.5 liter. Some of these engines were standard gasoline while others were diesel. Many changes were made after 2000, including cosmetic facelifts and deeply involved mechanical overhauls. Then, production was halted in 2014. Well, for most countries at least. You can still buy one in the Middle East, Paraguay, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines. Notice a country missing on the list? Yep, the United States.

9. Toyota Hilux


While we like our Toyota Tundra’s and Tacomas, other countries enjoy the Toyota Hilux. Look at the design closely and you notice it’s a rather unique pick up truck. For starters, the exhaust pipe lives on the passenger side of the vehicle and stands over the top to allow driving in wet, boggy conditions. There are a range of engine sizes as well. Customers can choose from a 2 L – 4L (diesel powered of course), with horsepower ranging from 139 to 235. Tack on a brush guard, crew cab seating and roll bar to tackle any terrain. And while it’s not available in the states, it is available with optional 4 wheel drive for overseas customers. The only reason it’s not available here? It’s age for newer models puts it squarely on the ban list.

8. Lotus 340R


Lotus engineered an iconically interesting supercar in 2000. The Lotus 340 R features a Very High Powered Derivative (VHPD) four-cylinder engine from the Rover-K Series and turns out 177 brake horsepower. However,  don’t let horse power fool you. Because it’s so light weight (designed that way on purpose), and has incredible weight distribution, it clocks 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds. This is an incredible feat considering engine size, which also happens to be the reason we can’t get one in the United States. Due to it subcompact design there’s no way the Lotus 340R could meet all of the safety regulations. It’s just barely road legal in great Britain, however, most drivers reserve them for track racing.

7. Noble M600


Such a shame we will never be able to find a Noble on American soil. The Noble M600 is hand built and made for speed. It features a twin turbo V8 engine which spits out an amazing 450 horsepower! And this is just the base feature. Opt to engage the Garet AiResearch variable boost module and you can switch between 450, 500 and 650 horsepower. This means the car can increase its speed by close to 50%! You may remember the Top Gear Episode where the Noble beat out a Bugatti Veyron and Pagani Zonda Roadster. The only thing it can’t beat is garnering a spot on the list of US imports. It’s not legal to own one here.

6. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Tommi Makinen Models


These are actually sixth generation Lancer Evos. They are named for Finnish rally driver, Tommi Mäkinen and feature a special Mitsubishi trim in honor of him. You can choose between the  RS and GSR, with plenty of mods, tweaks, and upgrades to choose from. Included on the RS are features like a shortened shift ratio, rear limited slip differential and Brembo brakes (optional). The GSR is equipped with Yaw Control, Anti-Lock Brakes and cool bucket seats. Throw in a turbocharged, 276 horsepower, 2L 4-cylinder stock Evo engine and you have an incredibly fast Mäkinen Evolution to contend with. It’s the ultimate special edition rally car you will never own stateside.

5. Toyota Sera


If you’re looking for one of the most interesting vehicles in the world, look no further than the Toyota Sera. It has a curious three door, 2+2 hatchback design, complete with glass roof canopy and fun butterfly doors. It looks like a low end supercar-ish type vehicle. Other than the quirky design, it’s pretty much a standard sedan. Underneath the hood lies a 1.5 L in-line four-cylinder engine that will run forever with proper oil changes and maintenance. As for nonperformance parts, the Sera has a surround sound system to provide an over the top audio experience while driving. It’s a shame this car isn’t available in the states because who wouldn’t want to drive it? It’s what happens when a Lamborghini gets together with a Toyota hatchback and has a baby.

4. Nissan Pulsar


Looking at the Nissan Pulsar you would be hard-pressed to tell it dates back to 1978. It’s a historic model for Nissan and has quite a change history since the first run of production. For example, horsepower jumped from 78 to 227 and now customers have the option of front wheel drive or four-wheel-drive. Model Numbers include the GA 13DS, GA 16D, GA15DS, SR20DET, SR18DE and the CD17. Thus, there’s a lot of variety within the Pulsar family (almost as much as some Lexus models). Too bad we will never see one stateside. They look like a lot of fun to drive.

3. Land Rover Defender


Walk through Land Rover forums online and you notice people either love them or hate them. Yet, they are one of the prize vehicles of British manufacturing. Dating back to 1983, the Land Rover Defender saw release of a 4 wheel drive version based on the original Land Rover design. That design scheme is legendary. It first appeared at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show. In the 90s model expect to find a 2.5 L turbo diesel engine under the hood, otherwise known as a 200 TDi, which spit out 107 hp. Later, the 300 series engine pumped out a bit more. However, even with all of the improvements like turbo charging, direct injection, intercooling and an alloy cylinder head, it’s still banned from US entry. That’s why we have all of those other Land Rover models we suppose.

2. Volkswagen Polo Blue Motion


While this car looks new to us, the Polo Volkswagen has seen a four generation span. The latest rendition, a Blue Motion model, decreases the vehicle’s overall environmental footprint. Volkswagen kept the ongoing name as a badge for it’s more eco-friendly vehicles so customers would take a note whenever they saw that particular trim model. As for the Polo, the 1.4 L engine underwent a modification or two as an effort to squeeze out longer gear ratios. In addition, the body style was also changed to be more aerodynamic. And stock tires? They are a thing of the past. Low resistant rolling tires were added instead. The end result is 74.3 miles per gallon with a carbon footprint of 100 g/ kilometer of CO 2. That’s impressive, but we still can’t get one in America.

1. Alfa Romeo Giulietta


Say the name Giulietta overseas and Alpha Romeo customers might be confused because it actually refers to three separate models. The one seen here is the Alpha Romeo Giulietta Type 940. First noticed at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show, it’s claim to fame is elegant performance experienced through a small family hatchback. It has a 1.4 L engine (later upgraded to a 2.0 L diesel cranking out 148 hp). Overall, it’s considered to be a luxury, high-end family vehicle because after all, it’s an Alpha Romeo. Too bad we can’t get that kind of luxury here in the states. Seems like we will have to opt for classic versions of the car instead.

 Fun Facts

  • 1. What's the difference in a muscle car and a pony car? In reality, not much. But if you want to get down to specifics, technically there are some differences between a muscle car and a pony car. The average passerby wouldn’t know that anything with a wheelbase length of less than 110 inches is considered a pony. It’s a smaller (not by much) uniformly designed vehicle with either a V6 or V8. Muscle cars were wider than that and required a V8. The Ford Mustang, was a pony. As was the Chevy Camaro and the Plymouth Barracuda.
  • 2. Australia was big into muscle cars in the 1960s and 70s. Australian muscle cars gained popularity around the same time as American muscle cars with some of the top manufacturers being Ford Australia, Chrysler Australia, and Holden.
  • 3. The Dodge Charger is a quintessential muscle car. Three years after the first charger was produced in 1966, a key visual change was made. The 1969 Dodge Charger was the first year the vertical split grill was added to the vehicle. The vertical split grill was a calling card for Chargers in the 60s and 70s. The 1969 Dodge Charger was made even more famous as General Lee in The Dukes of Hazzard.
  • 4. As with anything worth caring about, there’s some disagreement. The Ferrari 250 GTO was a rare and popular vehicle in Europe. Pontiac’s chief engineer, John Delorean, saw an opportunity to give his employer an edge. ‘GTO’ was not patented in the States, so Pontiac decided to borrow it. From 1961-1964, the Pontiac Tempest was their muscle car. The 1964 Pontiac LeMans GTO, with a 325 horsepower V8 engine, was the first muscle car on the US market with GTO in the name. Most people agree that it stands for ‘Gran Turismo Omologato’ – in reference to the Ferrari 250 GTO’s professional racing status. However, some folks still believe it stands for ‘Grand Tempest Option’.
  • 5. The muscle car boom wasn’t limited just to the United States. Australia had just as fervent of a muscle car culture as America did. Ford and Chevy produced several various types of muscle cars in cooperation with Australian manufacturers. The 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT was a massively popular creation in Australia. After production, it disappeared for about two decades, making it even more popular than before. The 1971 Holden Monaro 350 GTS Coupe (a GM product) is commonly referred to as the most stylish of all Australian muscle cars.
  • 6. The television and movie actor James Garner had a noted affinity for everything speed. His hit movie Grand Prix won multiple Oscars, and on television, he appeared in a Pontiac Firebird regularly on The Rockford Files. Something lesser known was that Garner was a devoted racer. He once had a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 outfitted with a 4×4 chassis in order drive in off-road races. Inside of this classic muscle car, he finished second in class in the Mexican Nora 1000 (later the Baja 1000).
  • 1. The first Pontiac GTO was built in 1963, labeled as a 1964 model. Six years later, the enormously popular muscle car was the benefactor of a special branding effort for the 1969 model. Very little, mechanically, changed from the 1968 Pontiac GTO. But the blacked out grill, spoiler, racing stripes, ‘The Judge’ decals all added to the fan fair over this enticing new model of the GTO. The Judge got its name from Sammy Davis Jr.’s “Here Comes the Judge” skit on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In television show.
  • 2. In 1968, Dodge made 50 Dart 426 Hemi cars to satisfy the NHRA sanction rules. These cars were sent to the Hurst Corporation to have a 426 Hemi engine installed, feature a fiberglass hood, front fenders, no side mirrors, lightweight steel, and thinner glass in an effort to reduce weight. Dodge intended the car to be used only for racing and not on public roads.
  • 3. In September of 2018, the newest models of the Presidential State Car debuted for their first day of work. The new model began production back in 2014. In this list, we will refer to The Presidential State Car as any car that has previously or currently carries the leader of the free world. With each model, they are multiple cars.
  • 4. For the most part, they are all idential within their model range. The Presidential State Car also goes by “The Beast,” or “Cadillac One,” among other names. The Presidential State Car is no ordinary automobile, as it takes ranks with some of the most expensive cars on the road and is loaded with features to protect some of the most important people in the nation. Here are some incredible facts about the Presidential State Car in all its uses, models, and glory over the years.
  • 5. The 2009-2019 model of the Presidential State Car cost $1.5 million each. That’s 8 times more than a Bentley! The newest model, which debuted in Septmeber of 2018, is reported to cost roughly $15 million dollars for a dozen vehicles. Once you crank out the math, that comes out to a little over a million dollars per car – $1.25 million to be exact. Either way you look at it, it’s an expensive ride. But would we want anything less for such an important vehicle?
  • 6. Look at a dollar bill, and then subtract an inch from it’s length. That’s how wide the breakproof glass is on the Presidential State Cars is; 5 inches thick! The Presidential State Car has five-inch thick breakproof glass for maximum protection against any threat to the high-ranking officials inside. This is just one of the many precautions from exterior threats that “The Beast” is outfitted with.
  • I The Ford Mustang debuted in 1964 and is based on the platform of the second generation Ford Falcon. Truly one of the most classic vehicles of all-time, and a great way to start off this list. One of the first and most iconic American muscle cars is still rolling off the production line today. The Mustang opened the doors for competition between the Chevy Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, AMC Javelin, Plymouth Barracuda, and the Dodge Challenger. With over 9 million sold, the Ford Mustang is not just a classic but one of the best-selling rides of all-time.
  • II The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a compact executive car produced by Daimler AG. It debuted in 1993 being built at the Mercedes-Benz factories in Sindelfingen and Bremen, Germany. They all aren’t as beautiful as this 2013 C63 AMG – but still, the classic C-Class Mercedes is an icon! The ‘C’ probably stands for classic. And although it is widely used in the U.S.A, it may be operated even more commonly in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The C-Class is one of the most well-known models of vehicles in the world! No surprise it’s on the list of best-sellers.
  • III The Toyota Camry debuted in 1982 and has been sold globally. It originally was designed as a Compact Car, now it is a mid-size car. Dependable, long-lasting, low-maintenance – no wonder it’s been tasked to the streets of NYC as the dominant choice of car owned by cabbies. What started in 1982 as a narrow-bodied compact car and then transitioned into a mid-size car has sold over 10 million editions since then.
  • IV The Volkswagen Jetta is a compact family car that has been produced since 1979. It has over six generations. The TDI version, seen here, is a part of its own racing league that draws tens of thousands of spectators annually. The Volkswagen Jetta, when dressed down, is a safe, reliable, attractive car to get you from point A to point B. The Volkswagen Jetta with all its bells and whistles is a performance machine to the fullest! The versatility of the Jetta is possibly its greatest asset and why it’s landed itself on the list of best-selling cars of all-time.
  • V The Mazda 323 or the Mazda Familia was a family car produced by Mazda from 1963 to 2003. The one shown here is probably the most beautiful in the line of Mazdas, the 1965 Mazda Familia. The line of Familia’s transitioned into the Mazda 323 in 1977, but in the United States, the vehicles were known underneath a different moniker. The “GLC” which stood for Great Little Car was the going title up until the switch to 323 as the name. However, after a decade or so, the 323 became what it is called today in America – the Mazda Protege.
  • VI The Oldsmobile Cutlass was the trademark automobile produced by General Motors. It was produced from 1961 – 1999. The cars were assembled in Michigan at the height of Motor City’s dominance in American automobile manufacturing. The Cutlass originally began as a unibody compact car, but over time it morphed into a body-on-frame vehicle. The Cutlass was a compact car from 1961-193, so just a blip on the 35+ year timeline of the iconic ride. It’s sleek exterior, performance value and availability made the Oldsmobile Cutlass a legend in its class and one of the best selling cars ever.
  • I Boy, they sure don’t make ’em like they used to…especially not in the Town and Country’s case. In 1988, The Chrysler Town and Country wagon ceased to exist and in 1989 the Chrysler Town and Country minivan was born. The TandC is a luxury minivan that was produced from 1989 to 2016. The 12 million statistic stands just for the minivan, but there were a hefty number of wagons (we figure’d you would rather see one of the classics over the minivan!) produced before the soccer-mom car came along. Nonetheless, the quality of both models made the Town and Country a household name and earned a spot on the list of best-selling cars ever.
  • II The Ford Focus released in 1998 and was designed by Ford of Europe’s German and British teams. It was originally designed for only the European markets. However, immediate success and critics’ reviews forced the issue to expand it to North American markets where it debuted in North America in 1999. The compact car is something of a history-maker. As a part of the Ford Model 2000 series, it was the car with which manufacturers’ aimed to globalize model development and sell one compact vehicle worldwide.
  • III The BMW 3 Series is a luxury car that debuted in May 1975, and it is BMW’s best-selling model. One large reason for that is that it’s the most accessible of all the BMW’s – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t attractive Just look at it. The reason it is so high on the list is that it is such a snazzy-looking car, from a reputable brand at a fair price. It accounts for close to 30% of BMW’s annual total sales and will be on the list of best-selling cars for years and years to come.
  • IV Debuting in the same year that Alaska became a state and Sputnik 1 came back to Earth, the Chevrolet Impala’s longevity and breadth of sales is a tribute to the car’s versatility and a knack for reinvention. First intended to be a large, mid-range vehicle with all the hallmarks of 1950s automotive styling, the Impala has continued to grow and change with the times. Contemporary models are more compact with sleeker lines and a sense of design borne of a post-modern age. With 10 generations of Impalas having been made since the model’s launch, we’re certain that some version of this car will carry our grandkids into the 22nd century.
  • V The Ford Fiesta first debuted in 1976 being manufactured globally in Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, China, India, Thailand, and South Africa. So given its immense popularity on an international scale, it’s no wonder it’s highly ranked on the best selling cars list of all time. That being said, its success in the United States has been limited; mostly due to segmented periods of production in the states. From 1977 to 1980 and from 2010 to current are the two time frames where the Fiesta was made in the USA.
  • VI Another product of the 1970s, the Volkswagen Passat has been a comforting presence on used-car lots since 1973. One of Volkswagen’s first attempts at a large family car for the international market, the Passat rapidly rose in popularity even during the competitive sales days of the US gas crisis. Known by many names around the world—we’re particularly fond of the “Volkswagen Mangotan”, which sounds either like a tropical fruit or a Transformers villain—the Passat is slowly gaining in status. The Passat is set to remain one of the bestselling cars the world has ever seen.