Everyone collects something. Stamps. Sea Shells. Rare coins. Or perhaps…cars? If you are a car aficionado, you probably know that there is a 25-year waiting period to import a car that was never originally sold in the United States. Have you been glancing eagerly at your calendar waiting for those 25 years to finally elapse so you could get your hand on one of these beautiful cars?
First, the Alpine A110. It doesn’t seem fair, but these French-made cars were even manufactured in Mexico, but never made it here to America for our enjoyment. With a stunning form and impressive power, the Alpine was such a hit that it won the 1973 World Rally Championship.
How about the Peugeot 205 T16? It’s a long name, but this beauty drove the narrow line between a race car and a small sedan with its transverse, mide-engine and four-wheel drive. Since only 200 were ever even made, you have something incredibly valuable to enjoy if you ever get your hands on one.
If you need something more familiar, consider the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo II. Americans have obviously had plenty of Mercedes-Benz choices over the years, but not the 2.5-16 version of the 190E. This is so unique because it was built by Cosworth to outrun Audi’s Ur-quattro. With only 502 produced, this car is a rare gem.
Next up, it’s time to give Italy a place in the spotlight. The Lancia Delta Integrale HF is a fast car that can drive beautifully in a balanced and easy-to-manage manner. With such availability to any average Joe, this car is in hot demand. It is Italian, after all.
If none of the other options sound like your style, then this last suggestion certainly will. The Ferrari 288 GTO. Anything that begins with “Ferrari” can’t be bad, but the 28 GTO is the ultimate sports car with rear-wheel drive, torque, multiple turbos, and a style that will leave you speechless. In fact, this car was built to be a Group B racing car, but never got the chance. Looks like you will have to be the one to race it instead!