Today’s bullshit 25 Year Rule stems from a huge glut of German cars getting brought into America as grey imports with notoriously questionable modifications to meet US safety standards.

Have you ever bought one such grey-import car? Did you buy one new in the ‘80s? Did it catch on fire when the catalytic converter hastily welded under the seat got too hot?

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I want to hear your stories! I want to do a comprehensive history of the birth of the 25 Year Rule, and your experiences with cars supposedly brought up to regulatory code can help.

Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz


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