i'm jealous that you don't have to look at R33/34's, i wish that was the case here.
Ha! I wish I could look at those! My "ideal" car would be an R32 GT-R honestly (well it's almost a JNC) but legally it's impossible in America. Also you guys get stuff like the Ford Falcon with turbo 6's and 5.0's with stick shifts and RWD... we get hybrids and "green" cars...
I'm sure many know about what happened with the Skyline here in the states, but if not, I'll explain it in brief. Gran Turismo came out and exposed cars that the American public never heard of, one such car was the Skyline GT-R. In the US, Nissan's crown jewel was the Z car. I believe Nissan never brought the GT-R over as the Z car was the image car and it would have been stupid expensive.... and back then Nissan was near death. However many, including yours truly here, became obsessed with the GT-R, as it was dominant in Gran Tursimo (remember it was the only car that you could increase it's displacement and you could turn it into a 900+ hp beast in the game) and also it began to appear in other media and video games, an R33 appeared in the original Fast and the Furious movie, although it did nothing in the movie. Also the Freeway Speedway (Shutokou Trial) movies were released in response and the R32 featured heavily.... though I loved the DR30 from the first one. However, I think this one event really set off the Skyline in America movement;
An issue of the now very sadly missed Sport Compact Car magazine; released in 1999. I remember it like yesterday and I still have that issue somewhere... it showed the rear of a Bayside Blue R34 GT-R against an orange dusk sky and it sitting majestically on a patch of grey asphalt, the mast head reading quite simply; "Skyline in America". The issue was profiling a company called MotoRex and their ambitious plan to import and legalize R32,33 and 34 Skylines, GT-S and GT-R's. If memory serves, they wanted $30,000 for an R32 GT-R, $60,000 for a R34 GT-R. I even went to the facility myself and a person who I believe was Sean Morris let me in the garage and let me sit in a silver R32 GT-R and took a picture of me in the driver seat with a gigantic smile on my face, that and I bought a MotoRex plate frame for my beater '88 Maxima.
It went well at first, they were selling and once in awhile you would see a Skyline on the street. They would have meets and such. Then it went sour. MotoRex would often sell cars, but it would either take longer then promised to get the car or owners would never get the car. The garage would be filled with cars and the people legalizing the cars were swamped. Then they got sloppy, they would just ship the cars without them being put in compliance. It also turns out the cars were never truly legal; the R33 GT-R was, that's the car they actually tested and gained approval on, the 32 and 34 never were tested and Uncle Sam was none too pleased. The DOT revoked MotoRex's permit and they withered and died. There's more to the story, but that itself deserves another topic!
The whole MotoRex fiasco left a sour taste in many people's mouths and was the primary reason why there is much ill will towards the Skyline itself in the states. In fact the government gleefully chases down owners and confiscates cars. Even the legit MotoRex cars. In fact I honestly believe Skyline owners are treated worse then actual criminals. That's why trying to import a grey market GT-R is a huge mistake, you will get busted at some point and you will pay. Hell, it might not even make it past the port. I've even heard that Skylines that are legally registered in Canada get turned away at the border!
This why I'm choosing this avenue of Skyline ownership. I don't want these kind of hassles, I just want to have a car that personifies me.