After months of back-and-forth with my registered compliance office, I have no problem saying: Fuck the Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act.
It is definitely getting in the way of getting my hands in the most awesome JDM cars available and fuck Donald Trump who’s not doing anything about these silly restrictions!
Isn’t there anything that can be done? Are we just expected to helplessly wait for those cars to reach the maturity age of 21-25 before we can proudly drive them here in the United States?
Pardon my profanity but I’m just saying what most of us in the JDM community are thinking. Japan has an amazing line of cars that’s never available here in the US. Before I rant out even more due to fumes fired by our silly laws, I’d like to give you guys a little treat.
I was researching for great JDM cars to share with you guys but I found out that what I listed had one thing in common: they are all still out of reach… Well, for now they are. We all have to wait for a few more years to get them but for now, let’s just drool over these babies.
You got that right, the Toyota Century is on top of this list. You might say, “But Jay, that isn’t a sports car”. So what if it’s not a sports car! It’s one of the best out-of-reach JDM cars that I would very well like to have in the future.
Roomy, comfortable and luxurious, you’ll be turning heads when you ride this baby. Looks aren’t all that it has, it also has a front engine combined with a rear-wheel-drive. The 5 liter V12 engine shouldn’t be overlooked too with it’s four-speed automatic and 276 hp, which is further upgraded to a six-speed automatic and 305 hp power, it offers one of the smoothest rides.
Nissan Skyline R34 Generation GT-R Nismo Z-Tune
I have an older model, the Skyline R32 GTS-T. You can read my personal experience on importing this car on my post about How NOT To Import A Car From Japan.
Unfortunately, this newer and better model, the Skyline R34, would only be allowed to be legally imported in 2024. In five years time, this turbocharged beasts can be yours if you have a very deep pocket of cash. The current price has skyrocketed to as much as $150,000. It can go from 0-60 in a mere 3.8 seconds and it can go as fast as 203 mph.
Honda Acura Integra Type R
Last but definitely not the least is this car that comes cool Recaro seats in either blue or red. It also has a powerful V-TEC engine that boasts 220 hp. It also includes Brembo brakes, better suspension, and improved handling as compared to what the US received.
Just Can’t Wait…
I know it waiting can be a pain and it’s very tempting to find other ways to own these babies but unless the laws change, there is nothing we can do. Don’t make the mistake of getting the car illegally. Just be patient and your dream JDM will soon be available. If only we can fast forward time.