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I'm waiting to drive the R35 GT-R on my PlayStation 6 and reporting back to the online world on how realistic it feels.
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When the Supra is paid off in a year I have a strong urge to bring over a Midnight Purple R34 Vspec and sit on it for a decade. The time to buy those is now. They only made a few hundred in that color, which I think is its best.
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But how do you bring it legally? Can it be imported as long as you don't register it?
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Yeah the R34 is my favorite looking generation of the skylines.

Not even close the C10 and C110 are far better looking.
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Gonna step out of PorscheBJ mode for this post:

I notice that R32 Skylines are fairly available in the States because they're all >25 y/o and ok to import. This is not necessarily news but I was pleasantly surprised at the asking prices. Now, many people may find $25-30k for a 25 yo Japanese car ridiculous, but this is a car that's been an unobtainable legend for all of my formative car years. Has anyone been tempted by one of these things? Over, say, a new Z or WRX?? I guess you'd have to get RHD tho

Personally I think I'd hold out for the year 2024 and the R34 biggrin.gif

I have a buddy who obsesses over these things and is always sending me links about ones for sale or how to import them. Last thing I saw was one place that frequently imports them ended up having a fire and totaled 12 cars.

http://www.importavehicle.com/

http://www.importavehicle.com/1633_V20151212133338/Ontario(USA)/1990-Nissan-Skyline-GT-R-for-sale
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I need a new car or a broken internet connection :/.

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/05/frontier-fewer-than-30000-customers-lost-service-in-verizon-transition/
Edited by ramuman - 5/13/16 at 5:28pm
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But how do you bring it legally? Can it be imported as long as you don't register it?

I believe you can import it no problem but you're right that registration is the trick. Like, you can bring it over as a track car never to be used on public roads. There are a few options of varying legality.

1) Import, wait til the 25 year mark, register it no problem.
2) Disassemble, import as parts/kit car, reassemble in the US. Not sure exactly how this works but I believe this is how you see most R34s that are in the US.
3) Register it in Florida or New Hampshire or a few other states with seriously lax registration laws and try and pass it off as another Nissan. You can register it as a R33 (they are legal) or some a 240SX or something. It is then state-legal, but will always be Federally illegal. If someone were to call the Feds on you, they could seize it and you'd be SOL.
4) Buy one of the dozen or so *legally* imported R34s in the country. In the early 2000s there was a California import company (the name eludes me, CarEx or something) that brought over a handful of R34s and used the R33 crash test data to get them DOT legal. The DOT then changed its mind and said if you want other R34s to be legal, you need to crash a bunch. And they need to meet EPA emissions. Anyway, they let the first dozen go though. Last time I saw one for sale it was ~$150k.

I'd bring one over as a track car and occasionally exercise it on track while waiting for 2024.
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motorex
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But how do you bring it legally? Can it be imported as long as you don't register it?

 

Sure you can import it, but it might get impounded in customs for years.   Just ask Bill Gates, his 959 was impounded for more than a decade in a port in Seattle.  The Show and Display law was finally passed allowing the Gates car to be released to him.  A few requirements, the car is limited in production 500 units or less and annual mileage of less than 2,500 miles. 

 

Or perhaps some company could get an R34 converted to meet US specs.  People use to do that with Ferrari Boxers, BMW M1s, and Lamborghini Countaches...but the costs of doing so could get ridiculously expensive fast.  

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3) Register it in Florida or New Hampshire or a few other states with seriously lax registration laws and try and pass it off as another Nissan. You can register it as a R33 (they are legal) or some a 240SX or something. It is then state-legal, but will always be Federally illegal. If someone were to call the Feds on you, they could seize it and you'd be SOL.

Screwing around with paperwork could tie the car up in "Red tape" for years or get the car impounded if someone gets wise to that.  Also not sure but depending on where you live there could be serious criminal implications that go along with falsifying paperwork.  

 

Best bet wait the 25 years...or move to Japan ;) 

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well i finally got the chance to take proper pics. here they are:

still under 400 miles so it's getting frustrating not really being able to open it up.










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I believe you can import it no problem but you're right that registration is the trick. Like, you can bring it over as a track car never to be used on public roads. There are a few options of varying legality.

1) Import, wait til the 25 year mark, register it no problem.

If this was really feasible I would be tempted to import a 1995 E36 M3 GT and park it for four years, have been lusting after that car for a decade. Of course just in the past year values have jumped from ~40k Euro to ~75k Euro. By 2020 I'm sure they will be unobtanium. Got to love the 25 year import restriction baldy[1].gif.
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Sure you can import it, but it might get impounded in customs for years.   Just ask Bill Gates, his 959 was impounded for more than a decade in a port in Seattle.  The Show and Display law was finally passed allowing the Gates car to be released to him.  A few requirements, the car is limited in production 500 units or less and annual mileage of less than 2,500 miles.
 

Based on everything I've read that seems like the most likely outcome. Show and Display doesn't apply to the E36 M3 unfortunately, only the E30.
 
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Best bet wait the 25 years...or move to Japan wink.gif  

By that time we'll all be riding around in autonomous vehicles anyway.
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@Hroi how's the auto-rev match feature?
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I think the greenfrog should just move in with HRoi at this point.
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Would gladly move into the HRoi household guest bedroom (rent free, of course) if that meant I could drive the GT3 and GT4.

☺️
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Would gladly move into the HRoi household guest bedroom (rent free, of course) if that meant I could drive the GT3 and GT4.

☺️

There's a Macan somewhere too.
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