These 5 Cars and Trucks Banned in New England May Surprise You
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Some of the most well known kinds of cars aren't allowed here in New England. Literally, they're illegal to own here. I discovered this while researching why our Boston Car Show is cancelled again for the third year in a row. I knew there were cars we didn't have, but I never realized that were from makes we have here.
Yes, for a myriad of reasons, there are cars that you can find all over the world, just not here in New England, or really the United States for that matter. According to Hot Cars, there are several we can't have here for so many reasons, and wow are we missing out on some hot-looking vehicles.
Finding luxury and unique cars in New England, especially in the Boston area, isn't uncommon. I mean, I've seen 3 Ferraris in one afternoon before. Okay, here we go.
This hot number, the TVR Tuscan, is banned because of its lack of safety airbags and anti-lock brakes. Hot Cars says the safety standards in Europe are looser than here, but the vehicle is stunning, and would definitely be a popular purchase on the luxury end.
I know we have Aston Martins driving around, because I've seen them. However, according to Hot Cars, this particular make called the Virage, which was allowed here in the early '90' is now banned because it wouldn't pass an emissions test and doesn't have passenger-side airbags.
Meanwhile, Land Rover's are beloved vehicles, and James Bond even drives one. I don't think a day goes by that I don't see the Land Rover brand. I even have a friend who has a Land Rover Defender 110, which is the next vehicle on the banned list. Wait, what? She even drove it when she was in school at Dartmouth in New Hampshire. However, according to Hot Cars, it's only the 1993 Defender 110 explicitly on the blacklist here, because it lacks several modern safety features like airbags.
Wait, there's actually a pick-up truck on the list? But this is America, where we see them everywhere whether you're a fan or not. Meet the Toyota Hilux. Hot Cars says that while it's not technically banned from entering the country, the American government imposes a super hefty 25% tax on imported lightweight trucks like the Hilux.
Not all Porsche's are created equal, apparently, and yes, this Carerra 911 RS is banned because of emissions regulations. There are Carerra 911's allowed, as we've all seen, just not this one. I'm not sure I would know the difference because let's face it, Porsche has it's feel and look for sure . Plus, they are everywhere, being one of the most popular luxury sports cars in America.
Click here to see the other 11 cars that we can't drive on I-95 or anywhere in this country for now.