Just one day into 2014 and it’s happened. Enthusiast Trevor Cobb has become the first person to legally import an R32 Skyline GT-R into the United States under the 25-years-and-older exemption. You get the idea he’s been waiting a while.
Trevor’s particular example appears to have already been imported to Canada, where there’s only a 15-year ban on foreign cars. Though the BNR32 GT-R didn’t officially go on sale until August 21, 1989, according to GTR USA Blog US customs are going only by year of manufacture in order to keep an already complex system as simple as possible. MotoIQ has a great article on the ins and outs of the 25-year rule (Sorry, California, you still need to pass smog on 1976 and newer cars).
So there you have it. Like weed in Colorado, Godzilla is now legal. Trevor’s R32 is the first but it definitely won’t be the last. The Class of 1989 has graduated.
Images by Trevor Cobb.