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8 amazing cars you can import in 2021 under the 25-year rule

We have a certain rule here in the States, and it’s often frustrating. To get an exemption from the various forms and regulations that allow a car to be registered here, the Department of Transportation requires vehicles to be 25 years or older. That means we’ve had to watch with envy from afar as enthusiasts in Europe, Japan, and elsewhere enjoy cars that are effectively unobtainium for us, at least until the clock runs down on them. Our neighbors up north, in Canada, also have a 10-year head start on us with their own 15-year import rule.


If there’s a silver lining to the 25-year rule, it’s that every 12 months we get a crop of classic cars that, to us anyway, fresh and exotic. Exemptions are also granted according to a car’s production date rather than model year, which means there is a rolling list of vehicles that become newly available as the months press on.


Here are eight cars we’ve had an eye on from the class of 1996 that will be eligible to import at some point in 2021.


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None for me.  The steering wheel is on the wrong side.

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