• Dec 9, 2011
Because we the enthusiast people didn't gather behind the effort to lower the gray market importation limit from 25 to 15 years, the We The People petition filed a couple of months ago has failed. In order to get the Executive Branch to consider such requests, each petition needs 25,000 signatures and this one didn't get it. That isn't to say the decision would have been overturned, but now it won't even get a look.

It is said that Mercedes-Benz helped get the original law passed the eighties, which means you can only now import the car – the 500 SEL – that prompted Mercedes to fight for it. Or there's always a 1986 Citroen CX or 1986 Nissan Skyline R31 to leave you thoroughly underwhelmed with your options.


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      WhoMeWhere
      • 3 Years Ago
      We just need to try again! I would also like to know why this petition required 25,000 signatures when many of the other petitions only required 5,000
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        POV
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yep. It's pathetic when we can't use common sense and have to go by the book. It's so obvious that they are pretty close to our safety/environmental standards, c'mon!
      Sean Morris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its not really over, just takes some more time and effort.
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I signed it, but I knew it wouldn't get enough sigs. Sad truth is most people don't give a squishy fart about cars.
      sqparadox
      • 3 Years Ago
      Personally, I'd rather see the Chicken Tax get repealed. Then maybe we could get some decent competition in the compact truck market.
        darkness
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sqparadox
        You mean more jobs lost to 3rd world manufacturers?
          bhtooefr
          • 3 Years Ago
          @darkness
          Fred_E Chen: Not only that, but with the foreign stuff here, the domestic makers would have to make better products.
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      1985 Renault R5 Turbo 2 here I come.......
        POV
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        I've actually seen one in San Francisco. I stared at it for a good part of my lunch break.
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn it, it would have been nice to see R34 skyline over here for change. Why can't they just repeal the law!? I mean it's not like everyone is going to have the money to import cars like these anyway.
      Easy_Eight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thema 8.32? Guess I'll have to wait for next year.
      peter1dav
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lawmakers want car enthusiasts to buy old cars from 80s which will more likely kill or injure occupants in case of an accident. It's 15year limit here in Canada but still sucks
      ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      there a couple r33 skylines on Maimi graigslist, they got a car befor 1986. http://miami.craigslist.org/brw/cto/2723325333.html
        Maverick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ryan
        Yeah but that would mean that they weren't under any kind of exemption. You can still import cars, there's just a mountain of paperwork and red tape you have to traverse in order to do it.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Surprising, seeing as how politicians like to distract themselves from main issues with sideliners like this.
      • 3 Years Ago
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