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Watch a massive claw destroy a Land Rover in the name of “safety”

August 15, 2013

Let the word go out, the Department of Homeland Security says: THIS is what we do to Land Rover Defenders with altered VIN plates.

Citing the “unsafeness” of  this circa 2005 Defender for its lack of airbags—and the fact that its un-named importer was trying to circumvent US rules by affixing a vehicle identification number from a much older Rover—U.S. Customs and Boarder Protections officers in Baltimore seized this truck in April and oversaw its destruction on Tuesday.

“In order for this vehicle to come to the US, it has to be represented as something older than 25 years old,” says Homeland Security spokesman Steve Sapp.

The press release goes on to say that Rovers like this are worth about $25,000 in the Motherland, but “the resale value in the U.S. can run as much as $150,000 per vehicle depending on its model year and condition.”*

Sapp says he’s not sure why that is. “But there is a market for everything,” he says. “As long as there is a buyer and seller, people will try to move commodities.”

And the men and women of the U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection Service will be right here, stopping them.

*Really? How ‘bout it Rover fans? School City Paper on this alleged phenomenon.