17 Vehicles You Are Not Allowed To Own In The United States

Since the introduction of the Model T, America's fascination with cars has been one of our most defining archetypes as a country. 

Four wheels, some metal, and a steering wheel became as American as apple pie and even the staple and ultimate gift for every teenager’s 16th birthday. Whether it’s a splurge to treat yourself, or you’re overcome with a wave of nostalgia, the perfect car can almost seem to speak to you when you first lay eyes on it.

With the United States’ fascination with cars so prevalent in the cultural zeitgeist, one would think it would be easy to get any automobile your heart desires. Unfortunately, due to several reasons including fuel type, motor placement and even some as blatant as the lack of doors and a roof, there are a handful of cars that are illegal to own in the US.

So, sit back and enjoy as we peruse a small selection of cars we’ll never be able to indulge in on American Soil.  Here are the 17 vehicles you are not allowed to own in the Unites States.


2012 Saab 9-5 Sportcombi

2012 Saab 9-5 Sportcombi

If you ever considered yourself a person who wanted a car to hold the groceries and race in the Indy 500, the Saab Sportcombi is for you. It boasts top speed handling and a robust engine. The interesting thing about the inability to own this model in the US has less to do with the actual car and more to do with the simple act of registration.

The 9-5 was made to come to the US as a 2012 model. Saab’s business failings came to a head and saw them declaring bankruptcy. A good handful were created and subsequently auctioned off.  Because of this, getting the car registered is a nightmare and it’s simply impossible to do on this side of the pond. A few international owners have been able to make their models street legal through lengthy court processes so hopefully the option for Americans will make itself available down the road.