10 Wild Classic Cars You Can Finally Import In 2022

If you are in the United States and are looking to import a classic car that has never been sold in the country, you will need to make sure it is at least 25 years old. Indeed, all classic car imports must meet the infamous 25-year rule, established in 1988.

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Although the 25-year rule has many enemies, it is undeniable that it has played a vital role in improving road safety because it guarantees everyone classic cars are of good quality as they have stood the test of time. Every year, classic car enthusiasts have a reason to smile as a slew of new models become eligible for import into the United States based on the 25-year rule. Let’s explore ten of the best classic car gearheads that can legally import in 2022.

ten Honda Civic Type-R EK9


EK9 Type R front 3/4 view
via hothatch.com.au

The modern Honda Civic Type-R is one of the coolest Japanese cars available today. However, the first Civic to wear the Type R badge – the EK9 – was arguably better, as it’s widely regarded as one of the greatest hot hatches of all time.


Type R EK9
Via classicregister.com

The EK9 was powered by a fantastic 1.6-liter four-cylinder producing 182 horsepower and 118 lb-ft of torque, giving it a 0-60 of 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph. Buyers also got red door cards, Recaro bucket seats, Type R floor mats, a titanium shift knob and a Momo leather-wrapped steering wheel.

9 Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution


Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution
By car and classic

The Pajero has always been one of the best Japanese SUVs, which is why Mitsubishi chose it to compete in the Dakar Rally in the 1990s. To meet homologation requirements, Mitsubishi had to build 2,500 street-legal examples. – this is how the Pajero Evolution was born.


A new condition Pajero Evolution
via hollybrooksportscars.com

The Pajero Evolution is best described as a performance SUV. For starters, it looks cool with its wide fender flares, hood scoop and dual fin-like rear spoilers. It’s also a pleasure to drive, thanks to a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 that develops 275 hp.

8 Toyota Century V12


Second generation century
Via: Toyota

In the 1960s, Toyota saw an opportunity to build a luxury sedan that would appeal to wealthy Japanese people. After several years of development, Toyota has unveiled the Century. The Century might not get the same respect as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class or the Rolls-Royce Phantom, but it’s definitely one of the best full-size luxury sedans, especially the second-generation variant.​​​​​​​


Toyota Century
via secret-classics.com

The second-generation Century debuted in 1997 with a sleek design and plush interior. What impressed the 1997 Century gearheads the most was the huge V12 under the hood.​​​​​​​

7 Ford Puma


Ford Puma
by Wheelsage

The Puma is a small three-door coupe produced by Ford Europe in the late 90s for the European market. The Puma’s athletic looks, limited mass and exciting four-cylinder engines have won it many fans, which is why we’re happy to finally have the chance to purchase it in the United States.​​​​​​​

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1997 Ford Puma
On lookatthecar.org

There were four engine options for the Puma, the best being a 1.7-liter four-cylinder producing 153 hp and 119 lb-ft of torque. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but the Puma weighs just over 2,000 pounds.


6 Honda NSX-Type S


1997 Honda NSX Type S Front
Honda

The NSX needs no introduction, as it is widely regarded as the greatest Honda vehicle ever created. The NSX wowed gearheads when it debuted in the early 90s with sleek Ferrari-rivaling design and advanced technologies.


Honda NSX-Type S
Via BH Auction

In 1997 Honda went back to the drawing board and built the NSX Type S exclusively for the Japanese market. The Type S was developed as a “curvy road” type of vehicle and had several features to reduce weight and improve performance, including a titanium shift knob, BBS lightweight aluminum wheels, Recaro bucket seats in carbon-kevlar and a lightweight battery.


5 TVR Cerbera 4.5 V8


TVR Cerbera - Forequarter
Via collector cars

TVR may not be mentioned in the same vein as McLaren, Aston Martin and Bentley, but the small automaker has built some of the best British sports cars of all time. One of TVR’s best sports cars is the Cerbera, which debuted in the late 90s.​​​​​​​


TVR Cerberus
Via the classic driver

The Cerbera had a beautiful design and the power to match, coming from a range of engines. In 1997 TVR introduced the 4.5 liter option for the AJP8 V8 engine in the Cerbera. With an output of 420 hp, the Cerbera 4.5 was incredibly fast.​​​​​​​

4 Ford Falcon GT 30th Anniversary


Ford Falcon GT Anniversary
via: flickr.com

In 1967 Ford Australia introduced the Falcon GT as the high performance version of the Falcon XR generation. The look of the Falcon GT paired with a Mustang-sourced 4.7-litre V8 made the Falcon GT Australia’s first muscle car, which is why it is an icon.​​​​​​​


Ford Falcon GT Anniversary
Via Flickr

30 years after the introduction of the Falcon GT, Ford Australia has decided to honor it with a special anniversary model. The 1997 Falcon GT Anniversary had an aggressive design and was powered by a powerful 5.0-liter V8 producing 268 hp. With only 270 examples built, the Falcon GT 30th Anniversary is one of the rarest Fords.​​​​​​​

3 NISMO 400R


nismo 400r (teahub.io)
via teahub.io

The tuning division of Nissan Nismo rarely fails when it works on a car, and the 400R shows that perfectly. The 400R debuted in 1997 as the top-spec version of the R33 GTR. It had many improvements over the base R33, allowing it to compete with the best European sports cars of the time.​​​​​​​

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Nismo 400R
Via Old Japanese Cars – Facebook

Under the hood of the 400R was a twin-turbocharged 2.8-liter six-cylinder engine that produced 400 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque, making it super fast. The 400R also featured a twin-disc clutch, high performance Nismo brake pads, intercooler system, upgraded exhaust system and carbon fiber rear spoiler.

2 Toyota Caldina GT-T


1997 Toyota Caldina GT-T
Via Power Car Mods Forum

In the early 90s, Toyota needed a new wagon to replace the Corona and Carina wagons, so they built the Caldina. The Caldina was a huge success for Toyota so they introduced a new generation in 1997. The second generation Caldina had an updated design and much more power, especially the top end GT-T version.


1997 Toyota Caldina GT-T
Via Top World Auto

At the heart of the GT-T was a 2.0-litre 3S-GTE turbo four-cylinder, sending 256 ponies to all wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. With a 0-60 of around 6 seconds, the Caldina GT-T is one of the fastest wagons ever.​​​​​​​

1 Nissan Stagea Autech 260RS


Nissan Stagea Autech 260RS
Via: sau.com.au

When the Nissan Stagea debuted in 1996, there was nothing particularly interesting about it. It was a big wagon that looked like the perfect car for gearheads with big families. However, that all changed in 1997 when Japanese tuning company Autech built the crazy 260RS.​​​​​​​


Nissan Stagea Autech 260RS white
Through Goo-net Exchange

The 260RS has all sorts of great features – a 276hp RB26DETT engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission, an all-wheel-drive system from the R33 GT-R, high-quality Brembo brakes, a 17-inch BBS forged alloy wheels and an Autech body kit.


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