Remember when we used to dream about going overseas and driving some of the cool cars that we never saw here at home? Well, nowadays importing vehicles from overseas has become costly but pretty common practice for people who want to experience some of the interesting models that have made their way overseas. There may be a variety of reasons on why you want to import a car into the United States, as there are many different unique models that we will never get a chance to see on U.S. roads due to strict safety and smog requirements that tend to hamper cars down.
Whatever your motive for importing a vehicle into the U.S. is, there are a variety of unique vehicles that are worth the import. There are unique models such as the Volkswagen Amarok, which is sold in just about every inch of the world except for the US market. The Nissan Skyline is another interesting model, and no we don’t mean the R34 model that everyone wanted after Paul Walker made it famous in the Fast And The Furious movies. Importing cars into the U.S. can be a dream for many, and although a very expensive proposition, to say the least, importing can be one of the few methods for obtaining some of the rarest cars in the world, and that is why people choose to do it.
25 AC Brooklands Ace
Where do we even begin when we talk about one of the purest and most well-performing sport touring roadsters on the market? Well, we bet you have never even heard of the AC Brooklands Ace, but trust and believe that you are missing out on a truly special car that offers superior handling and one of a kind performance that is unmatched.
The AC Brooklands Ace is a beautiful looking example of what a car can be, and what you should be expecting in a winning combination of lightweight design and style.
24 Alfa Romeo RZ (1992 - 1994)
Wow, just looking at the box-shaped rear of this roadster you almost wonder what the designers over at Alfa Romeo were thinking when they designed the RZ. But, don’t let the awkward exterior styling fool you, as the Alfa Romeo RZ is a pure driving enthusiast's car that happens to also be one of the rarest roadsters in the world.
This little car wasn’t manufactured long, but when it comes to a pure driving experience you cannot get one that is finer than the RZ, and that's why, while drivers might be taken aback by the styling, the RZ is well worth it.
23 TVR Chimaera (1992 - 2003)
What would appear as a miniature Mazda Miata is actually something that is far more unique to drive and look at, and that is the TVR Chimaera.
Have you ever seen one in person? Probably not, and that is what makes the TVR Chimaera so highly sought after. Especially, if you are looking for a one of a kind sports roadster that will fly up twists and turns with authority, and the smooth and sleek styling still looks good today which makes the Chimaera a one of a kind choice.
22 McLaren F1 (1992 - 1998)
When it comes to a name that is associated with the formula racing community, there are very few brands that are as well known as the McLaren brand name. Which is why the McLaren F1 happens to be one of the weirdest looking but highly sought after supercars in the world, and we mean highly sought after.
This thing is not only rare, but one step behind the wheel and you will be instantly taken aback by the one of a kind driving characteristics and the incredible attention to detail that went into every inch of the F1.
21 Maserati Ghibli (1992 - 1998)
In what can only be explained to as a major resurgence in the last decade, the Maserati brand has begun to rise in terms of prominence in the luxury car market. The Maserati Ghibli, in particular, is a model that is lesser known in The United States but was sold overseas and is one of the fortunate cars that happen to be very much worth importing.
We like how the Maserati Ghibli has a timeless style that is only amplified by the Ferrari derived engine choice, and this makes the Maserati Ghibli a lethal combination of speed and performance.
20 Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione II
Because of the recent reign of crossover vehicles the sports sedan has never really taken off here in the U.S. market. Still, throughout the world, there are many different and unique sports sedan models to be had, and one of them is the Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione II.
This one of a kind sports sedan combines a deep exterior style, with one of a kind performance that you would expect out of a sports car. We love how the unique styling would stand out on the U.S. roads and you don’t generally hear about the Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione II.
19 Holden Commodore VR
Contrary to popular belief there are quite a few unique vehicles to be had that are exclusive to the Australian marketplace, and the Holden Commodore VR is one that enthusiasts have been asking for in The United States for some time. This is pretty much the modern V8 powered El Camino, and while that is not the only selling point, there are other aspects that make the Commodore VR a vehicle that is definitely notable of being imported.
Boasting a pretty unique exterior styling, the Holden Commodore VR is a unique blend of performance and style.
18 Fiat Coupe
Here's the thing about Fiat, the company has always been an automaker that connects drivers to the road in a fitting and individual way.
The Fiat Coupe is one of those cars that people don’t regularly talk about, and part of that reason is that the car is both rare and just odd looking as well. But, buried behind the unique exterior is one of the purest coupes that you will find with a one of a kind driving characteristic that lives up to the company's stellar reputation as a driver's car.
17 Honda NSX-R (1992 - 1995)
The supercar which we know as the Acura NSX in The United States is affectionately known as the Honda NSX-R overseas. And, although this long and sloping sports car looks quite weird, to say the least, the model is one of the purest and most rewarding driving experiences that you will ever partake in.
The Honda NSX-R is a more difficult car to import, and this is partly due to the fact that the U.S. has stricter safety and emissions standards, but if you can get past all of that the Honda NSX-R is a great choice.
16 Bugatti EB 110 SS (1992 - 1995)
One look at the Bugatti EB 110 SS and you know that you are in for something special. Combining that quintessential 90s supercar design with one of the fastest production motors in the world, the EB 110 SS is a truly astonishing supercar.
Importing one of these beauties might seem like a challenge, but it's not an impossible feat. The Bugatti EB 110 SS is a masterful blend of design and substance, and with the right owner, this car would be respected in the way that it should be.
15 Jaguar XJ220 (1992 - 1994)
One of the fastest and rarest production supercars in the world, the Jaguar XJ220 is a serious performance car that put Jaguar in direct competition with other supercar makers at the time. Notable owners of the Jaguar XJ220 include Elton John, who recently sold his model at auction a few years back.
The Jaguar XJ220 is both beautiful and unique, which is why many people don’t even know that this one of a kind supercar exists, and we like everything that the masterful supercar offers.
14 MG RV8
There is probably no better feeling on the planet than driving a lightweight roadster up and down twists and turns on a back country road, and this is why the Miata has been such a popular car in every aspect. But, overseas the MG RV8 is a rather unique roadster that we tend to never hear anything about, and that's a shame because the MG RV8 is just about as unique as you can get when it comes to a one of a kind design and a driving experience that makes us believe that the car can tackle anything.
13 Peugeot 306
When people think of a hatchback that can perform like a rally car and still offer relatively good on-road manners, they generally think of the Volkswagen Golf. However, overseas the Peugeot 306 rules the roost as an individual hatchback model that you can enjoy driving while feeling the one of a kind European engineering that makes the car rather unique and one of a kind to look at and drive.
We like what the Peugeot 306 offers, even if the exterior styling is a little weird for our tastes.
12 Citroen Xantia
Wagons have always held a special place in the hearts of drivers all around the world, and this has made them a one of a kind choice for drivers who need a lot of space and still need the driving characteristics of a sedan.
The Citroen Xantia is one of the more interestingly designed wagons in the world, but don’t let the weird exterior styling scare you off, as the Xantia can also perform just as well on the road or the track, and this makes for an interesting wagon that you could import.
11 GAZ 3105
The U.S. market has never really experienced some of the truly unique luxury sedans that are sold all around the world, and one of the most classic looking examples is the GAZ 3105. Just the name itself looks expensive, huh? Well, the GAZ 3105 is just about as elite as you can get with a one of a kind styling that looks more like a classic Mercedes-Benz than anything.
We like how the GAZ 3105 looks so elegant, and we believe that this one of a kind sedan would fit in just about anywhere.
10 Nissan Terrano II
Talk about a cute UTE, the Nissan Terrano II is a rugged and tiny box-shaped SUV that reminds us more of a classic Dodge Raider or a Suzuki Samurai than a modern SUV. Sadly, the Nissan Terrano II has never made its way onto U.S. soils, but we think that this little SUV offers a number of features that U.S. drivers would find very appealing.
From the high ground clearance to the boxy and short frame, the Nissan Terrano II is just about as unique of an off-road SUV as you would come to imagine from Nissan.
9 Nissan R33 Skyline
No, this isn’t the Skyline model that you were hoping for, but the R33 is a standout touring coupe in its own right.
Sure, the Nissan R33 Skyline doesn’t have the prestige of the R34 or the world clout, but that means that you can get a crazy deal on one and still experience many of the winning aspects that the more well-known model has. The Nissan R33 Skyline is a pure driving coupe, and you will feel the difference when you take this one of a kind vehicle for a ride.
8 Alfa Romeo 155 (1992 - 1998)
Talk about a sports sedan that looks cuter than it performs, the Alfa Romeo 155 sure doesn’t look like much but this little sedan can pack a serious punch like you would not believe.
The Alfa Romeo 155 is one of the purest sports sedans that you can import from overseas, and we love how the understated sedan also manages to offer a good series of interior comforts and a stylish exterior that looks similar to other small sedans of this era. The Alfa Romeo 155 is definitely a winning combination of style and substance, going for a one of a kind design.
7 Autozam AZ-1 (1992 - 1995)
Wow, this little bug-eyed car actually happens to be one of the highest sought after Kei Cars in the world. Developed by a joint venture between Suzuki and Mazda, the Autozam-1 is a unique gullwing sports car that is powered by a lightweight design and a bite-sized engine.
The Autozam AZ-1 takes its inspiration from other tiny cars of this era, and even Jay Leno is a notable owner of this one of a kind tiny sports car. We love how unique the Autozam AZ-1 is, and it's sure to stand out on U.S. roadways.
6 GAZ 31029 (1992 - 1997)
Another big and notable luxury sedan that you have probably never heard about, the GAZ 31029 is a big and bold mix of style and luxury that is sure to impress upon anyone who drives it.
This is a fancy sedan, and one that is notably rare in most parts of the world so importing one might pose a more serious challenge. But, with one of the weirdest and unique exterior styles to date, you can’t go wrong with this unique choice for transportation, and hey it just looks cool as well.
5 Mazda Lantis Type R
Known as one of the more unique hatchback models in the world, the Mazda Lantis Type R is a rare and fun to drive compact car that we have not gotten to experience in The United States.
The Mazda Lantis Type R was designed to perform like a rally car, and in the short time that the car was in existence, it managed to create a cult-like following who enjoyed the car very much. If you can import this weird looking little hatchback into the States, then you will own a true sleeper and one that many people have known nothing about.
4 Renault Clio Williams
Although Renault exited the U.S. market some time ago, the Renault Clio Williams is a highly sought after hatchback that offers a good blend of performance and features which make it quite fun to drive.
We like how the Renault Clio Williams offers a notable rally infused style, which gives the car a good amount of driving capability. Importing the Renault Clio Williams might not be the easiest task, but if you can get this one of a kind hatchback into your possession you will be pleased.
3 1989-91 Toyota MR2 SW20
Although this model was sold in the U.S. market, the SW20 is a rarer variant of the car that never made its way into The United States due to stricter emissions regulations.
The 1989-91 Toyota MR2 SW20 is a winning combination of a mid-engine design and a lightweight frame, which is part of the magic that has made the MR2 one of the most classic and pure sports cars to have been sold. Importing the SW20 would definitely be a rewarding experience.
2 Nissan 180SX
Talk about a unique and one of a kind sports car, the Nissan 180SX is a vehicle that is not generally known over here in America. You might not have heard about the Nissan 180SX, and that is because this was one of the lesser known sports cars that was sold by Nissan.
We also like how the lightweight design is much more responsive than many other two-doors of this era, and if you are able to get one imported you will be in for a rewarding blend of responsive driving and the usually naturally aspirated Nissan performance that we love.
1 Suzuki Carry
Suzuki has actually made quite a few unique cars and SUV models over the years, and around the world, the Suzuki Carry is a versatile little truck that combines a one of a kind combination of functionality and lightweight fuel efficiency.
We love how the Suzuki Carry takes a pretty-much-underrated design and makes it extremely functional, and if you can import the weird looking Suzuki Carry into the U.S. this would be the perfect little truck for light hauling and the occasional farm work.
Sources: Top Gear, What Car?