The memorandum was signed by Secretary of State Dean Rusk, and ad dressed to all U.S. embassy personnel overseas. Strictly taboo, forthwith, is that fine old tradition of turning a tidy buck by peddling the autos brought into their host countries duty-free under diplomatic immunity.
The order applies worldwide but hits hardest in Latin America, where prohibitive import duties sometimes quadruple the cost of a foreign-made auto.
In Chile a 1965 Chevrolet Impala runs $15,000; even a two-or three-year-old Chewy brings double the original price.
The same more or less applies in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and every diplomat U.S....