Watch US Feds Crush Classic Mini Caught in Importation Dragnet
15 December 2014 - Autoblog
Fair warning for any classic car fans that suffer from high blood pressure: this story might not be good for your health.
US Customs and Border Protection is teaming up with British law enforcement to keep unsafe, imported vehicles off the road here – like this Mini. In the government's view, the only way to make things right is to crush the cars, apparently.
The destruction is part of Operation Atlantic, a crackdown on Minis and Land Rover Defenders that are being illegally imported. According to Yahoo Autos, this is just one of about 100 vehicles from the dragnet. This specific car came into the US in June, and its VIN indicated a model from 1988. However, the vehicle had a different engine than it should have, and the steering wheel was on the wrong side. It was likely actually from around 2000.
To emphasize the crackdown, government officials and press gathered at a New Jersey junkyard to destroy the car.