Forget Cuba— Search the Gray Market for Collectible Cars
All the news recently has been on Cuba and the great finds you might find there (highly unlikely) in terms of pre-1960’s American classics. But you should probably forget our Caribbean neighbor and look to Europe for gray market collectibles. Gray market cars are vehicles that were never sold in the U.S. You can only import them (after going through various mounds of paperwork) once a model reaches 25 years of age. Cars imported before that age requirement can be seized and destroyed. RELATED: See More Photos of the Ford Escort RS
Hagerty Insurance, the collectible car insurance company, has put together a list of great gray market cars on its blog. The Hagerty recommendations include vehicles from Japan, England and Italy.
Leading its list is the 1986-87 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth. As Hagerty points out, “For some inexplicable reason, Ford lacked the ability to create a truly credible performance car in the U.S. for the duration of the 1980s, yet it seemed to produce a slew of turbocharged, high-performance offspring from its European operations.” This sweet three-door ride put out 224 horsepower from a Cosworth turbocharged 4-cylinder. Only 500 RS500 models were made.
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Not surprisingly, the 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R is on the list. That’s almost a foregone conclusion but what about a 1973-84 Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer? “The stylistic approach of these cars is deemed much more conservative than the glaring side strakes that were prototypical of mid-’80s Ferraris. With a production run of under 4,000 cars, the Berlinetta Boxer is a guaranteed classic,” Hagerty says.
Its article includes future collectibles like the 2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic that can only be imported under the “Show and Display” law that allows vehicles of technological or historical importance. Only 250 of the Sports Classic were made and 4 have been imported to the U.S. under “show and display” (which we always want to type in as “show and tell”).
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