Being in the export and import business in Japan pays off. As sketchy as that might sound, Japan exports a little over a million used cars every year. Most of these cars are pretty unremarkable, bound for emerging markets and New Zealand. But a small percentage of cars leaving Japan every year are held dear by many enthusiasts in the country.
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In recent years, no thanks to the sudden availability of interesting Bubble Era and Gran Turismo
generation cars being legally available in the United States, there’s
been a mass exodus of iconic cars from the domestic market. Cars such as
the Mazda RX-7, Toyota Supra, and most significantly the Nissan Skyline GT-R.
While other Japanese sports cars were exported overseas, the Skyline GT-R was always kept as a Japanese market exclusive. Sure, a few found their way to other right-hand drive markets such as the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Malaysia but for the most part, the vast majority of Skylines have remained in Japan. That is until the 25-year rule opened up the R32 to the American market in 2014. Now, it’s the turn of the R33 and the R34 to become legal in a few years though that’s already made its way to Canada.
Ken Saito - Nov 12, 2019, 1:30 pm EST
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