It won't be a merry Christmas for the Mini enthusiast who bought a classic Mini Cooper in England and had it shipped to the United States.
The long arm of U.S. Customs and Border Protection reached out and seized the car in May. And then in early December, after the legal maneuvers concluded, a giant claw picked apart and smashed the iconic car to smithereens in a snowy New Jersey scrapyard. The person who bought the classic Mini lost it and all his or her money.
Since last summer, the feds have been cracking down on illegally imported vehicles; most are less than 25 years old and don't meet U.S. safety and emissions standards. Vehicles 25 years or older are exempt from those standards.