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Importing and Owning a Nissan Skyline GT-R

A few months ago, I decided to import a car. But then I realized something: importing a car is hard. So I paid a company in Virginia called Japanese Classics to import a car for me. Then I called them every week for about three months to learn about the car importing process, and I turned those calls into columns. Now that the car has arrived, I will cruise around the city getting unwanted attention from people in Civics with cut springs asking whether it’s real.

My Nissan Skyline GT-R Is On Display In a Museum – July 13, 2015

My Nissan Skyline GT-R is currently parked on display in a museum next to an original 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. This is an incredibly special moment, and it’s a tremendous honor, and I’m very proud of it, even though it’s also parked next to a 1988 Honda CRX.

1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R vs. 2015 Scion FR-S: Which Is Better? – June 30, 2015
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I recently had the chance to compare my Nissan Skyline GT-R to a Scion FR-S. Yes, folks, that’s right: I’ve compared my legendary, powerful, fabled, privately imported, mad tyte JDM yo Nissan Skyline GT-R to a budget-priced Toyota with more interior plastic than a McDonald’s Play Place.

My Nissan Skyline GT-R Attracts More Attention Than Any Other Car – June 3, 2015

I’ve never driven a vehicle in my entire life that attracts as much attention as my Nissan Skyline GT-R. It’s like driving around in the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile, except everyone thinks you’re British.

Here’s How To Drive a Right-Hand Drive Nissan Skyline GT-R in America – May 20, 2015
Whenever I get behind the wheel of my Nissan Skyline GT-R — a truly seminal Japanese performance car with one of the most enduring, iconic shapes of our generation — I am always overcome with a certain special, powerful sense. Namely, a sense of deeper respect for the men and women of the United States Postal Service.

Here’s What It’s Like to Drive an Imported Nissan Skyline GT-R – May 6, 2015

I didn’t think I would like it very much. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I’m willing to admit it now: when I first asked you for car suggestions, and you told me to import a Nissan Skyline GT-R, I wasn’t very excited about it. I figured it would be just another used Japanese car: an overhyped, overrated dinosaur, and after a few months I would get bored and sell it to a kid who uses the phrase “should of” in text messages.

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About My Nissan Skyline GT-R – April 22, 2015

Last week, I revealed my newly imported Nissan Skyline GT-R for the very first time. This was an exciting, joyous event, and you guys responded by asking me so many questions that I felt like I was Neil deGrasse Tyson doing a Reddit AMA, and I had just revealed a secret love for cats.

I Imported a Nissan Skyline GT-R and Drove It 250 Miles Home – April 15, 2015


It’s finally here. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that’s right: after nearly three months of waiting, and transit, and customs, and preparation, my Nissan Skyline GT-R has finally completed its 10,000-mile journey from Japan to America. I’ve welcomed it with open arms, and also the occasional curse word when I try to get into the driver’s seat by walking up to the passenger door.

Here’s How You Register An Imported Car With the DMV – February 25, 2015

Today, we’re going to discuss the art of registering an imported car with your local department of motor vehicles. I call it an “art” because, like any good art, there’s a fair amount of agony, and pain, and suffering, and at some point you get really close to clawing out your own eyes.

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Shipping a Car to the United States – February 18, 2015

As many of you know, I’m currently importing a Nissan Skyline GT-R the United States. This is a long and intricate process that involves a wide range of port workers, sailors, government agencies, customs employees, and enough forms to bury them all in a large pile of official documents.

Here’s How People Illegally Import Cars to the United States – February 11, 2015

As many of you know, I’m currently in the midst of importing a Nissan Skyline GT-R to the United States. Some of you have asked why I chose the Skyline GT-R, and so today I must reveal the answer to this question: because I still have thousands of leftover Gran Turismo 2 credits I can use to buy sweet mods.

Here’s Why It’s So Hard To Find a 25-Year-Old Car to Import – February 3, 2015

I wanted a Lancia Delta Integrale. I really did.

Actually, I wanted a BMW 325iX Touring. Then I decided I’d be happy with any BMW 3 Series Touring. Then I wanted a Lancia Delta Integrale. The fact that I ended up with a different car from a different manufacturer on an entirely different continent should give you some insight into exactly how hard it is to find a good car to import to the United States.

Here Are The Four Legal Ways To Import a Car Into the United States – January 27, 2015

As many of you know, I am currently importing a 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R to the United States. Well, just to be clear, I am not importing it. That task is being handled by a bunch of sailors, and longshoremen, and dockworkers, and port employees, all of whom are currently taking a union-mandated smoke break.

I’m Importing a 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R From Japan – January 21, 2015


A little over a month ago, I asked you – the dearly beloved Jalopnik reader – to suggest a new car for me to buy and write about. In the days that followed, I received nearly 2,500 replies to my column and over 1,000 Tweets from interested readers — and I pored over as many as I possibly could. As I recall, they ranged from “Get a Tesla!” and “Why not an Audi R8?” to “You don’t know automotive perfection until you’ve driven a 1997 Chrysler Concorde.”