First things first.... I'm a Nissan Skyline nut. Just wanted to get that out there. :lol:
Eventually I want to have one as a project car, but there's one BIG gigantic problem; I live in California. This is a problem as it makes having a "modern" GT-R such as a BNR32 pretty much illegal and I've heard all the horror stories that Skyline owners have faced and will unfortunately face. Also I happen to really hate the R35 "GT-R", just as well as I can't afford it regardless. Also we have the smog police. yay.
Which brings me to the C210 Skyline "Japan". OK, so it's not a RB26DETT equipped monster, it never wore the red 'R', but I like these. It's just so different, even among other Skylines, and those are pretty special themselves. I've never seen one in person, though I've personally sat in an R32, I've seen 2 R33's in the wild and have even seen an R34. I know there have been a few Hakusakas imported, and I know of a Kenmari GT-R clone that was sold not very far from where I currently live. Never a C210 though. I know these were more of a GT then an all out race car, but I'm OK with that. I know the L20ET only made 145 hp. I just want a good solid fun car that is different from other cars around, but not enough to blatantly stick like a modern GT-R would.
I also want something LEGAL. A car that wouldn't get me arrested just for having it. A car that would have no issues being legally titled in the state of California. A car that would at best have a CHP officer be absolutely indifferent to, or at worst have him be curious and ask, "what is that?"
So here come the questions; just how rare are these cars, how much would I realistically be looking to spend, what issues should I look for when it's time, would this car be absolutely legal and if it needs to, would it pass the sniff test? How would I go about buying/ importing one and how is parts availability? Would 280ZX parts work as far as engine parts, filters.... ect work, and if the L20ET isn't enough, would an L28ET be a good swap?
I know it's a bunch of questions, but any feedback would be appreciated, be it positive or negative.