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Drive the Bid Podcast: Cars We Want Imported

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There’s something about those things we can’t have, that are just out of reach for whatever reason. This extends to the car world as well.

On this episode of our Drive the Bid Podcast from AutoHunter.com, Derek Shiekhi, Jared Costello and “Jalopy” Jeff Sutton each pick their forbidden fruit: three vehicles we need imported to the United States. In the 1980s, all sorts of cars were privately imported, which would have otherwise not been sold in the United States. However, as car manufactures began losing money, they lobbied the U.S. government to implement the 25 year rule. Now we must wait 25 years to import any cars that are not already sold new in the States. Aside from the over two decade wait time, there’s the added challenge of making them EPA compliant to be driven on the road. That can take a lot of time and money, but we can still daydream about some of these far, far away vehicles.

As usual, we close the show by sharing our favorite AutoHunter vehicles currently up for auction.

All this can be seen in the above video from AutoHunter Cinema, created by the experts behind ClassicCars.com, the world’s largest online collector car marketplace. AutoHunter brings forth a dedicated live customer support team, quicker auction listings and exclusive benefits for both buyers and sellers.

Jeff Sutton
Jeff Sutton
Jeff Sutton, also known as Jalopy Jeff, is a Content Creator for ClassicCars.com and AutoHunter.com. He grew up in a small Californian town working on classic American and British cars. Jeff moved to Flagstaff, AZ for college and worked as an auto parts store manager. Now residing in Phoenix, he has an affinity for everything automotive and can regularly be found at car shows, rallies, and events. Jeff has owned and experienced many collector cars however, as others come and go, he continues to hold on to his first collector car, his 1984 Porsche 944.



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