Just when you thought you could have it all in the USA, there are still things you can't get even if money were no object. As an American consumer, you may think that you can just buy anything you want and own whatever you desire as long as you have the cash for it. There may be a lot of products in the USA, and virtually anything you desire is at your fingertips. You can even easily export something if it's not available locally and just have it shipped to your home. However, that isn't the case for these vehicles. Even if the sky's your limit when it comes to the budget, you still can't have these cars below because they're banned in the USA.
Why are these cars banned in the USA? Well, the topmost reason why these cars are banned in the USA is they're too dangerous to drive. Most of them might be too fast and too powerful for American roads, so the government made them illegal to purchase and own.
So, if you're in the market for a new ride, you should get to know the cars below and avoid them at all costs. They may be very attractive, and with their powerful capability, they're truly desirable, but you should never consider getting them or you might end up getting a hefty fine and spending some time in prison.
Let's take a look at what cars are banned in the USA. Here we go.
15 Volkswagen Beetle ‘Ultima Edicion’ (2004)
Almost any Volkswagen Beetle is street legal in the USA. So, you can just go to a dealership, shop for one, and drive it home on that same day. However, this isn't the case for a specific Beetle. The Volkswagen Beetle ‘Ultima Edicion’ (2004) was declared illegal in the USA because of safety reasons. Although it isn't as fast and as powerful as other banned cars, this Bettle was banned because, weirdly, it has a trunk in the front.
The Volkswagen Beetle ‘Ultima Edicion’ (2004) may look cool and all, but this setup was the main reason it was banned in the USA. So, if you want a Beetle, you have to settle for the other versions because this one is impossible to legally own in the USA.
14 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R (1999)
The Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R (1999) has a nickname "Godzilla," and we all know what we can expect from a car like that. The Godzilla is a super powerful car, which means it's super fast to drive on the streets. Apparently, due to its performance, it's become one of the most epic cars in the world. Some of the two popular versions of the Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R (1999) are the Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (1999) and GT-T (1999). Unfortunately, if you want to own either of the two in the USA, you can't because they're banned in the country. The cars are just too powerful for the US roads to handle, so they made them both illegal.
13 TVR Tuscan
The TVR Tuscan, which was produced between 1996 and 2006, was banned in the USA from its time of production until its demise. The most popular version, the TVR Tuscan (2003) was featured on the John Travolta's movie Swordfish. Since its feature, it became a popular car that many Americans wanted to have but can't.
The car was banned because of its security features. Had the manufacturer put good airbags and antilock brakes, the government may have considered making it legal in the USA. Moreover, improving its acceleration to make it street-legal would've also helped.
These improvements would've allowed Americans to buy and own this car. However, since it was missing a lot of the security features, it was a no-no to drive, let alone own, the TVR Tuscan.
12 Jaguar XJ220S (1993)
At one point in time, the Jaguar XJ220S (1993) had the title "fastest car in the world." If a car has that kind of title, it probably is one of the most sought-after cars in the whole world. However, this car is also a rare gem. Jaguar only built six units of this vehicle, so getting your hands on one might be virtually impossible. Still, even if you can get your hands on one, you can't drive it home because it's banned in the USA because of its lightning-fast speed, making it dangerous to drive on the streets.
It would've been nice to own this car, but unfortunately, you can't, so you just have to settle for its slower but safer siblings.
11 Lamborghini Strosek Diablo
The Lamborghini Strosek Diablo is one expensive, badass car. However, in the USA, even if you're super lucky to have a lot of money to afford this car, you still won't be able to buy it and legally drive it. In the USA, the Lamborghini Strosek Diablo is banned because it's illegal to drive it on the streets. It's overly fast and too furious, so they made it illegal anywhere in the USA.
Another reason that they made it illegal in the USA is its weirdly put side mirrors and small headlights. You just can't drive safely with a car design like that. If they got that fixed, then the car would've been street legal in the USA, and American buyers could've purchased one.
10 Mazda Cosmo (1992)
The amazing Mazda Cosmo from 1992 would've been the automaker's response to the classy Lexus. However, Mazda canceled those plans. Initially, the carmaker planned to launch a luxury lineup with the brand name "Amati," but they decided against it and kept the name "Mazda" in the USA and everywhere else. They would've produced more Amati-named cars but since they scrapped that, there weren't any Amati cars produced. They stayed with the brand name "Mazda" for all the cars they made thereafter.
Unfortunately for those who love the Mazda Cosmo in the USA, they won't be able to get it because it remained a Japan-only model. Moreover, the car is on the list of banned cars in the USA.
9 Saab 9-5 Sportcombi
The Saab 9-5 Sportcombi was the talk of the town during the Geneva Auto Show in 2011. Since it was the darling of the crowd, it became one of the most desired cars in the US. So, the automaker promised to bring it to the US as soon as production was finished.
Unfortunately, Saab ended up in bankruptcy and only produced a few units of the Saab 9-5 Sportcombi. Some enthusiasts still hoped to find this vehicle in auctions. However, that became harder and harder to come by because of its rarity. Moreover, the time came when the US decided to ban the car for unknown reasons. Until today, you can't buy the Saab 9-5 Sportcombi even from auctions or through importing it.
8 Lotus Elise Series 1
A light and fast car, the Lotus Elise Series 1 would've been a sweet ride to drive on the US streets. With only 1,600 lbs of weight, this high-speed car can rocket from standstill to 60 mph in under 6 seconds. Therefore, it has a lot of horsepower under its hood. Unfortunately, there's some bad news. You can't legally buy and possess the Lotus Elise Series 1 because it's banned in the USA. Why is that? It's its speed that made it illegal to own in the country.
Moreover, the Lotus Elise Series 1 doesn't have a roof and windows, which makes it a security risk. It's super fast, so it needed that kind of protection, but since it doesn't have that, then you can't legally get this car in the USA.
7 Honda Beat
Technically, the Honda Beat isn't banned in the USA. It's just not available in that market. With its compact set-up, unique look, and comfortable drivability, many people in the USA would want to own one. However, the Honda Beat is exclusively available in Japan only. Although people can try to get one shipped, it may take a lot of connections and money to get one.
The car is nicely priced in Japan, so the fans of these cars are definitely those who are within a limited budget. So, exporting isn't a strong option. If you're a big fan of the Honda Beat, just pray hard that it becomes available in the US market. Otherwise, you'll just have to go for other cars that offer similar things like it.
6 Rover Mini Cooper
The Mini Cooper is a very popular in the United States. A lot of car enthusiasts love this car because of its iconic appearance. It's carried almost the same look from decades ago, but many people still desire for it. Also, having it is like a badge people can brag about because this car isn't only epic but also expensive.
Sadly, if you want a specific Mini Cooper, the Rover Mini Cooper, you won't be able to buy one in the USA because it's banned in the country. The Rover Mini Cooper will just have to stay outside of America. If you want something similar, you can settle for the other variants of the Mini Cooper. They both carry the same DNA, although the Rover Mini Cooper is just much more macho.
5 Morgan LeMans ’62 Prototype
A fancy, classic car, the Morgan LeMans ’62 Prototype is a vehicle you can't buy and drive in the USA. Unfortunately, the automaker's contact in the USA is named "Isis Imports," and we all know what that means. Even with just three cars under its name and even if these cars aren't dangerously fast, you still can't buy them because of the unfortunate name. That's just pure bad luck.
So, if you want to be fancy and show off a classic car, don't count on getting the Morgan LeMans ’62 Prototype. It would've been nice, though, since the car model carries the prestigious name "LeMans." However, because of the contact's name in the USA, this car will never hit the country's pavement anytime soon.
4 Alfa Romeo 8C Spider Roadster
Another super fast car that's banned in the USA, the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider Roadster is a marvelous car that never made the cut in the country. Due to its power and speed, they tagged the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider Roadster as a car dangerous for the US roads. Although iconic, it never hit the US streets because of safety precautions.
The Alfa Romeo 8C Spider Roadster was in high demand in other countries, so the carmaker never prioritized America. Therefore, they really never pushed for it to reach the US market because they were getting a lot of orders from other parts of the world. Hence, the US missed out on one of the best cars from Alfa Romeo, which is sad and unfortunate.
3 Fiat 500 Abarth (2008)
The Fiat 500 Abarth (2008) is one of the most sought-after cars in the USA. It's cute, yet it comes with a power that can climb slopes and tread snowy paths. Unfortunately, no one in America can legally buy this car because it's banned in the country. However, there's still some good news about this vehicle. The 2010 version of the Fiat 500 Abarth is available in the country, and enthusiasts can go for that.
So, if you want to get a Fiat 500 Abarth, you can go for the 2010 version. It isn't really settling for a lower version because some even find the 2010 version better than the 2008 version. Apparently, you're even getting a better deal with it than with the banned Fiat 500 Abarth (2008).
2 Lotus 340R
The Lotus 340R is just as much a thing of beauty as it is a thing of speed. With just the look of it, you would instantly want to drive it around town and bring it home. However, there's no way you can bring this car to your garage soon because the Lotus 340R is totally banned in the USA.
First, the Lotus 340R doesn't have doors. That was an instant reason for the government to ban all units of the Lotus 340R. Moreover, it just has two bucket seats inside with no roof for protection, which makes it a scary thing to drive. The Lotus 340R is a car for racers, but you won't be racing with it on the US roads soon with this kind of dangerous speed and unprotected setup.
1 Smart Crossblade
A compact car that looks nice to drive, the Smart Crossblade was one of the earliest cars with a futuristic look that's desired by many. The Smart Crossblade was produced in 1992 and its appearance was way ahead of its time in the early '90s. Looking at it, the car has a resemblance to the tiny electric cars we have today, and it came out more than 20 years ago already. Hence, the futuristic touch made it desirable to many car enthusiasts.
Unfortunately, the Smart Crossblade never reached the US market. Avid fans in the States never had the opportunity to drive one, let alone buy one. The compact model doesn't have a roof, windows, and doors, which is why it never made it to the US shores.