The Nissan Skyline GTR is arguably the most iconic Japanese performance car of all time. Unfortunately for Americans, it was never imported to the United States by Nissan. That doesn’t mean that a few didn’t make it here though. When I say a few, I really do mean only a hand full of examples of this car have ever made it to US shores. The exact number of R34 GTRs in America is unknown however do to a majority of them being brought in though grey market dealers and registered as kit cars. In the late 90s, early 2000s, a company called Motorex began legally importing some into the country for a hefty fee. Soon though the government took reevaluated their decision to let these cars in the country and revoked their ability to do so. To make a long story short, it was a huge fiasco and the US government essentially banned Nissan Skylines from ever being brought in again (If you want to read more info about this debacle, read this article http://skylinegt-r.wikidot.com/0-60mrex). The government even went as far as to crush some cars that were still in the legalization process! The very few cars that had made it into the country before Motorex was shut down though were grandfathered into the new law and remain completely legal. That is why these Japanese supercars are so rare in this country and command such a high price (at least 3 to 5 times what they currently change hands for in Japan). This R34 is just one of the few examples left in the US and it was an honor to have it at the shop.
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