This Mercedes A-Class is a Rare Sight in the US

For car enthusiasts, the saying “the grass is always greener on the other side” is an absolute statement of fact. US car fans are privy to many of the world's greatest sports and muscle cars, but that hasn't stopped American gearheads from desiring what they can't have – exotic rides exclusive to other global markets.  This is a prime example. While it might not merit a second glance on the streets of London or Berlin, this Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a rare head-turner on these continental shores. The A-Class was never officially sold here, and given the US's stringent 25-year import policy, those that have made the journey are incredibly small in number. Interested? This 2000 A160 'Elegance' is up for sale on eBay in York, Pennsylvania. RELATED: See more of the first-generation Mercedes A-Class The A-Class originated in 1997, slotting at the bottom of the Mercedes brand lineup and toting a practical front-wheel drive setup and five-doors. A slew of four-cylinder engines found their way underneath the hood, both gasoline and diesel, with this A160 coming away with the slightly larger 1.6-liter, good for 100 horsepower and 111 lb-ft of torque. Interestingly, it also packs a semi-automated manual gearbox – good for banging through gears on your own, not great for those who like dancing on clutch pedals. The A-Class nearly came to a screeching halt however after a Swedish publication put the car through a 'moose test' and found that the tall city car was prone to flipping under violent changes in steering direction. Mercedes eventually remedied the issue with suspension changes. RELATED: Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive is the A160's closest US cousin If you're a local of York, Pennsylvania, you probably won't be encountering too many moose on your day to day ventures. The listing for this car doesn't explain how the 15-year-old import became registered in the US, but it does look to be in good shape for its age (aside from missing that one wheel nut) and sports only 111,884 kilometers (69,521 miles) on the odometer. RELATED: Check out Mercedes' wild 355HP GLA 45 AMG hatchback ____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide

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