Automotive journalists love to point out the myriad of enthusiast dream machines that do not show up on American shores. Car Connection did a similar article a couple months ago, and now Motor Trend is doing the same. We probably wouldn't have posted about this, but two particular cars showed up that had to be discussed. I have been waiting for an excuse to post on them, because I frequently dream up ways I could bring these two vehicles to the U.S.


Dream car #1: The Ariel Atom 2


Now, there is a way to bring these over to the U.S. I have seen them for sale as used vehicles on Ariel?s website. Unfortunately, their is not much of a dealer network here in the U.S. This is probably the best synthesis of high performance motoring and motorcycling. BMW did a concept not to long ago that had a similar feel. I am a sucker for this best. With performance that would absolutely shame most pricey exotics, it is like a modern day Lotus 7. It is a British creation, so there is plenty of national flavor in a light weight, nimble, and quick driving tool like this.

Dream car #2: The Elfin MS8

Elfin MS8 Clubman
Again, this is another vehicle you could bring to the U.S. The Elfin MS8 comes in two variants. Both come equipped with a 330-hp 5.7-liter LS1 V8, and both have a retro aura about them. While MotorTrend pegs the MS8 Clubman as a Lotus 7 copy, I see a little American hot rod thrown in for good measure. The Streamliner version certainly has a 1960?s racer look to it, but with a modern twist. These Australian sports have that wonderful mix of European style and American muscle that we?ve seen from other Australian imports, like the Pontiac GTO.

Elfin MS8 Streamliner

MotorTrend did list a lot of other vehicles, and we encourage you to check them out. Perhaps you will find a few that you lust for as well.



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