Let's Go To France And Buy The Rad Old Cars

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Paris doesn’t want its old cars! They’re sick of the pollution, sick of the traffic. Eliminating those things are noble goals and I support them for many reasons—not the least of which is that I’m hoping France’s loss could be America’s gain.

Our old pal at Gizmodo Alissa Walker today reported that starting July 1, all cars registered before 1997 and motorcycles before 2000 will be banned from Paris’ city center on weekdays. The ban on older cars will get more stringent as time marches on—by 2020, only cars registered after 2011 will be allowed in. You can still drive your old car on the weekends or outside of the city whenever.


As much as many of us would rather take a bullet to the leg than even entertain the notion of “Ban Cars”, France’s heart is in the right place. The government is trying to make a city plagued with traffic and pollution a little more livable to human beings.

Plus, America (and other countries) wins again, because many people may now be inclined to part with their old Citroëns, Peugeots and Renaults rather than deal with this car ban. So we need to swoop in and save them!

Remember, it’s 2016, so it’s now legal to import anything to the U.S. from 1991 or before then. Cars like:

  • The sweet Renault 5 Turbo
  • The excellent Citroën CX
  • The fantastic Peugeot 205 GTI
  • A bunch of motorcycles

Plus any number of old DS-es inexplicably still running around.

These cars may need good homes soon. Please, won’t you step up and do the right thing for them, America?

Editor-in-Chief at Jalopnik. 2002 Toyota 4Runner.

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Flavien Vidal

An exception for collectible cars will be put in place, it hasn’t been enacted yet, but it most likely will be in the next couple of months. Also the fine is 40$ for driving your 1996 car in the city and the fine will only be given when/if the driver is behind the wheel (the Carte Grise gets checked). So it will require for the police to chase/stop/fine the driver. All that to control parisian people who are the kind of people to have a budget specially dedicated to parking tickets.

In the end lots of noise for not much. People driving visibly old collectible cars will never get stopped and other will just pay the fine whenever they’ll get through a police check, once every year... It might get a bit annoying for those “in between” driving Peugeot 205 GTI and similar “Youngtimers” that are still daily driven.

Strangely I’m not against the principle of this by-law. I think it is badly done though, as DIESEL cars specifically are the reasons of the pollution in Paris. But of course, they are never going to ban diesel cars in Paris, since they actively subventionned them for decades. That would be efficient, and that’s not something we are in France...

And last but not least, Paris is roughly 16 times smaller than Houston in term of surface. And due to lack of parking space, collectible cars are fairly rare within the city, so you’re not going to find that many to go for suddenly really cheap ;)