10 Awesome Cars that are Not for Sale in the United States

10 Awesome Cars that are Not for Sale in the United States

Last Updated on July 23, 2019

While living in the land of dreams, you would think that any dream can come true in America. But guess what?

You are wrong, and you might even be surprised to find out that a simple dream, like purchasing a car you’ve always wished to get your hands on, is far from being possible.

1. Land Rover Defender

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This Iconic off-road vehicle has first started as Land Rover Series in 1948 and only later on, in 1983, that Land Rover Defender came into existence.

The sturdy Defender has become the most trusted and loyal car of the British army and was used to deploy soldiers all over the world. Not only that, it has also become the best vehicle for the most unforgettable safari experience.

The imported Land Rover Defender to the United States was profoundly modified and brought in very limited numbers between 1993 and 1997.

Unfortunately, the last Defender that was ever imported to the USA and rolled off the production line was on the twenty-ninth January 2016. And this was because of the prohibitive regulations of the required modifications to satisfy the US Department of Transportation.

2. Toyota Hilux


Toyota Hilux is a workhorse that never complains, which is known for its unstoppable reliability, utility, and dependability.

This truck has always been an engineering achievement and able to withstand punishment and apocalyptic abuse but still keep on running and even able to clocking up over 300,000 miles on the odometer without any trouble.

The legend Toyota Hilux can be found everywhere in the world but not in the USA.
It is no longer available in the US since 1995 and was also replaced by Tacoma.

Still, it can be found outside North of America, India, North or South Korea and surprisingly in Japan too.

3. TVR Sports Cars

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TVR is a small manufacturer of Britain’s most exciting sports cars with powerful engines giving sports car enthusiasts the most authentic driving experience.
In 1956, the focus was more on racing. Unfortunately, almost none have ever made it to the United States.

Later on between 2004 and 2006, TVR Sagaris was produced. It’s true that some TVRs are hideous but this one stands out from its fellows and man you can’t help but fall in love with it.

Actually, TVR Sagaris has no anti-lock brakes or airbags, which is totally against the European Union Guidelines. This means that this car is solely designated for the brave hearts, the true drivers who had to watch their ass or they would end up without one.

The company owner said that the reason why he didn’t add these luxuries is that they promote the overconfidence of the driver. Therefore he relies on them and doesn’t take extra cautions.

4. Tata Nano

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Tata Nano was built to challenge the two-wheeled vehicles such as scooters and motorcycles. They have received much publicity and were advertised as the world’s cheapest cars in 2009. Yet this slogan wasn’t tempting enough to help the company meet the sales it has first expected.

At the very beginning, Tata Nano was launched with a price of $2,500 but the terrible rating it has received from NCAP along with the high price it is sold with(especially when compared to that of a motorcycle) are good reasons why it was sold poorly.

Now it becomes clear why this death trap car never made it to the USA. Still, there is a rumor circulating around that an upgraded version will soon be released in the USA.

5. Wiesmann GT MF5


Wiesmann is like many others on this list, is a small manufacturer that produces only a few (about 180) cars a year. The handbuilt Wiesmann GT MF5 is made in Germany and can cost up to $200,000.

Models of Wiesmann cars were supposed to be released in the USA in 2010 but the difficulty modifying cars according to the USA regulations made it quite impossible and delayed the release.

Unfortunately, in 2014 the company liquidated and the American car fans lost their chance to purchase their dream automobile.

6. Morgan Aero 8

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It is rumored that finally and very soon in the USA, Morgan Aero 8, the great grand-child of Morgan released in the 1940s is about to be roaming the city streets of USA. Should you not believe until you see with your own eyes!

Morgan Aero 8 is an oddity in a modern sports car. This new version of Morgan cars shares some similarities in outward appearance with its fellows but from the inward, it’s definitely a different beast.

Unlike its predecessors, Morgan Aero 8 has an aluminum chassis and frame. It is also notable for possessing a five-liter V8 from BMW and reputed for its powerful endurance and GT racing. In the 12-hours Sebring event organized in 2004, Morgan Aero 8 won the 20th place finish.

7. Lada Niva


Lada Niva is one of Russia’s best export vehicles that is sold almost everywhere in the world. It was first built by the Russian automaker AvtoVAZ in 1977 to handle the Russian Steppes and satisfy the rural market.

In fact, even its name Niva stands for “cornfield”. Although this off-road vehicle is seriously old fashioned, many people are eager to drive it especially the suburbanite-daytrippers to the country.

Functionally speaking, Lada Niva is an incredibly powerful and inspiring vehicle, still, the USA will never allow bad influences, even if they’re good ideas. So, it comes as no surprise that Lada Niva was never seen in the land of Purple Mountains Majesty.

8. Noble M600

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Noble M600 is a handbuilt supercar of British origins. The Noble Automotive offers its clients is the choice to customize and bring all the modifications desired on the car starting from paint color and upholstery to stitch pattern and so on.

Oh, yes the car is actually built to suit your particular desires only. This means that no one else will be driving the same car you have. But it’s ood to mention that the latter advantage is not a bonus, it can cost you up to £200,000 and even more.

Noble M600 is very fast with an estimated top speed of 225 MPH and need no more than 9 seconds to reach 120 MPH. Unluckily, fans in the land of liberty will never get their hands on one.

9. Donkervoort D8 GTO


The Donkervoort D8 GTO is a handbuilt ultra-lightweight sports car winning many prizes for being really fast. This little monster has the power to take you from 0 to 60 in no more than three seconds! Cool! This is because it features a 380-horsepower Audi engine.

With the objective to save weight, Donkervoort D8 GTO was stripped of anything considered to be an additional luxury, which is not really important. So, this means that you will be driving it without any electronic aids such as ABS, inhibitions, or creature comforts.

If you are Batman fan and love the feeling of adrenaline rush racing then consider the “Bare Naked Carbon Edition” and step on that damn accelerator!

10. Alfa Romeo Giulietta

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Alfa Romeo is a little Italian hot hatch designed for small families. It is produced by the Italian company Alfa Romeo. The latter car was supposed to herald the victorious return of the legendary Italian brand to the American Market but unfortunately, the plan didn’t work as it was expected.

Still, who really cares about extra MPH anyway? Such cars need to be driven so slowly so that everyone could see you sitting behind the wheel!

Since Alfa Romeo are struggling to sell the cars they already offer in the United States, producing affordable, practical and prettier Giulietta might be the temptation that American buyers cannot resist.


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