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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Play with Fire : Seized Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R in Florida

If you play with fire, you get burned, and here is a perfect example. It looks like Florida might finally be seizing the flood of illegally imported cars that come though their state. That is good, its only taken them about 12 years. I guess they might have been more concerned with illegal things like cocaine more than a couple of illegal S15's, GTI-R's, and Nissan Skylines being imported.  Florida DMV is a joke, and they will let anyone register about anything. Just pay them the money they ask for.

Lots of people assume they are not doing anything wrong, however ignorance of the laws is not an excuse.  An exporter will ship any car to you, the same thing, its not illegal for them to ship it to you, however ICE in the US may have other ideas.  Just because someone else has the same car, or did the same thing, or has a friends, buddys uncles stepson that did it, does not make it legal. 


This poor guy has this car shipped to the US, it gets sezied and now he is trying to off it for $68,000.  The car in Japan, if is what he said it is, would be worth the low $40k range.  However, looking at the photos, its not what he thinks it is.

NISSAN GTR spec vll , nissan only frabricated 700 units, all the parts are original NISMO. car had carbon fiber hood and trunk and rear view mirrors brembo brakes upgrade turbos and many many many more upgrades... I bought this car and imported months ago with the goal to drive it here in FL. but the DOT shut me down after months of trying what i payed for the car and importaion is way more than asking price MY LOST YOUR GAIN.. CAR IS FOR EXPORT ONLY...
This car does not look like a Vspec II.  My first clue- the grey seats.  The grey seats are an indication of an early car - a 1999.  The pictures are not high enough resolution to really tell much, but I am pretty sure its a 1999.  The guy thinks its a Vspec II Nur, but its more than likely not.  Its possible someone changed the seats, but it would be a downgrade,not an upgrade.  If I had the chassis number, I could tell what year it was probably produced.  The car is odd too, it has old Nismo wheels. Old Nismo logo on the intercooler.  Wrong hood from what I can see.

So whats the lession we all should learn from this?  Play with fire, you get burned.  Eventually this stuff catches up to you. However, there are lots of hardheaded, or ignoarant people out there, that the rules just "Do Not Apply" to them. For those people, happy to see your property get seized. Next time, do your due diligence and research, contact me, and I can do it correctly.



7 comments:

Verdana said...

Skylines are high on the gov hit-list right now, I wonder how much longer all these people with s15, chasers, evos, etc will still be in possession of their cars.

CGS cat back exhaust said...

Be sure to check the car before you buy. If you are unsure, the best choice is to leave it behind, no matter how tempting it is.

Rick said...

If it's a good deal, it may be worth buying either to keep or sell for what it's worth. If I had a grey market import in the states that was not legal, I would trailer it up to Canada and put it in a storage container until it reaches 25 years old or until I sell it for what it is worth.
True about this particular R34 GTR. Too many questions (but the Japanese original title would be the first place I would look). If it was a VSpecII, it wouldn't be worth as much with all the mods anyway so it might as well just be a regular R34 GTR at that point (which is probably what it is).

Dubbs said...

Looks more like a 98 R-34 GTT to me.... Just sayin

Sean Morris said...

@Dubbs - why does it look like a 98 GT-T to you? From the low resolution shots, it looks like its got the right fenders, the right dash with MFD, the right seats, the right steering wheel to be a GT-R.

cgeorge said...

Interested in asking the Moderator some questions about a vehicle that I may consider purchasing.. is there an email address to send my questions too? thanks in advance!

Sean Morris said...

My username at g mail.

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