Classic Nissan Skyline GT-R ‘Legally’ Drives on US Roads

Nissan Skyline GT-R

Sometimes, life just isn’t fair. For import car fans in the United States, there has been no other point that was proven than the release of the Nissan Skyline GT-R models in 1989. An all-wheel drive Japanese supercar equipped with a 2.6-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six engine, 1989 GT-R R32 rose to become a unique legend for modern performance. Appearances in “The Fast and the Furious” movie franchise as well as in multiple video games has allowed interest in this outrageous Nissan to flourish in the United States. Unfortunately, for US residents, the Skyline GT-R R32 was forbidden from American streets for up to a quarter of a century. As the month of August arrived, Montu Motors begun what was an impossibility for 25 years; legally import the Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 as a road car into the states.

On midnight this past Friday, the Japanese vehicle importer shifted the 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 into drive, crossing the United States via the Canada/US border as the vehicle turned 25 years old. As the ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system readied to be unleashed on new roads, Montu Motors Proclaimed itself the first company to import a 100% legal 1989 Skyline GT-R R32. The car has been stonewalled by differing emissions and safety requirements that made it ineligible to drive legally on roads in the United States. In accordance to the various government regulators, vehicles that are 25 years and older no longer need to comply to technical details effectively banned the Skyline GT-R R32. Since similar Canadian vehicle rules for imported vehicle are relaxed after 15 years, it allowed Montu Motors to simply drive the 1989 Nissan into the United States.

It was not until 2008 when Nissan brought a GT-R supercar to North America. Though Nissan furnished a very fast, very exotic vehicle, some import car fans wanted the earlier models. While the Nissan Skyline GTR R32 was deemed illegal to import to the United States for public roads, some have tried to skirt the law. In 2009, the government raided a company importing several classic versions of the Skyline GT-R including the R32 as well as the newer R34 models. There have also been other cases where individuals lost their vehicles due to their imported supercars being restricted. Despite the ban, some Nissan Skyline GT-R R32s were admitted into the country legally. Mainly for track and show car use, the Nissan sports car was permitted into the country.

According to the Montu Motors website, a white 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 with a R34 body kit is for sale at $29,000 US. Suddenly, life seems a little bit rewarding for

Information and photo source: Chris Nagy, Montu Motors


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