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Great Cars You Can Import To The U.S. Now -- /ROAD TESTAMENT

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With the U.S. clinging to its 25-year rule for importing cars never sold here, we find the greatest cars from 1987 that are ready to go. These are our favorites. What are yours?

I would import a 1987 Tuk Tuk from India
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Getting an R32 in Janurary 2016, Can't wait!
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+MrComa7oseTv How much did it cost you? Im really considering an R32 myself haha
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Canadians are laughing at you right now...
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Wow this show is boring...maybe show a car or two.
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+Glenn Manocchio they do show cars on the exciting show actually more than 2 as well
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the Silvia mk2 was kinda sold in the US... it was called the Nissan 200sx, and the first year did come with the ca18et turbo motor so.. pretty close
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the holden vl also had the great rb30 GREAT CAR!
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Not the as group a though. The executive and the Calais had the Nissan motor. Even better was the VP bn group c commodore which was basically an executive ( bottom of the range) with a group a 4 bolt main 5L with the police pursuit suspension package and no style but heaps of balls. The commodore to look for though is the vk Brock. Worth big bucks now.
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#1 mk1 Toyota celica #2 1974 ford falcon xb gt #3 European Capri
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............ an alfa 75....xD One of the worst cars Alfa EVER made you recommend? Dude, seriously.... talk to ANYONE here in europe who ever owned one.. Even alfa dealerships want to forget that one. The only "plus"? The engine.. the V6 one. Other than that: millions of electronic problems, when you LOOK at the dashboard it litterally falls apart, it leaks EVERYWHERE, inside out and outside in. These things are in one word: Terrible. The End.
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You should try the Nissan Patrol Y60
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its called In-phase AWS.  Out-of-phase or reverse phase AWS is for firetrucks and monster trucks and honda preludes
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Defender 110, Austin Mini, R34 Skyline. Falcon XB.
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Ford Escort RS Turbo (Dont think they where released in the states) Find a straight one, unmodified if you can. Will be worth a fortune in years to come and an appreciating classic. Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth (If you can find one ! ) Lancia Delta HS Integrale ( Again if you can find one ) Lancia Stratos.... My god the list goes on and on...
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I don't live in the U.S. But if I did I'd bring in the 110 with a wmik kit or install one and modify it for desert racing. Then harden the suspension and horsepower.
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The Alfa Romeo 3.0 Verde was not a slouch. Yes, the Alfa was not as good as the E30 BMW M3 or the MB Cossie 2.3 16v. But repectable cars nonetheless. The Hipsters have ruines the E30 M3. You are going to pay a kings ransome for one now. Cossies are expensive too. Now the 3.0 Milanos are going up. Used to see them on eBay and Craigsliat for $1000. Not any more.
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I would! Import a 3L double cab Toyota Hilux from 1990 Amazing truck
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In Canada were importing late 90's Subaru wrx sti's and diesel Toyota 4runners like crazy
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+fudgeismedicine and the vans mostly Mittsibishi vans and Toyota one here I heard back east there are more Mazda Bongo vans though
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GROUP B RALLY CARS & SPORTS RACERS Also interesting AFFORDABLE Sports and GT cars Imo...Even if you lose a little $ money ..Mayby even a couple of old school friends or even past competitors...or like minded indiviuals ...Which is something im doing now as a form of enjoument...These cars NEED TO BE brought back to there former glory & good projects for people who may be retired , etc. & and are looking for a way to find purpose , fulfillment and use there life long talents & expertise to be stewards to these pieces of history for the automotive enthusiasts of tomorrow ...Hmmmm .
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Land of the "free", I guess.
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ford escort mk 2 rs1800 (the european escort- legendary rally car. weighs less then a ton (880 stock to be exact) (this can be even lower after putting it on some weightloss) a built cosworth bde engine produces over 200 hp rwd
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+mad555max After 1978 they had the 2.0 cosworth and produced 250+ bhp the rally version was still called the rs 1800 as it still used the original mk11 nose the uglier road going sister the rs 2000 was only 110 bhp
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Or TVR Griffith? Lancia Delta Integrale?
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Cut the bullshit talking, get to the topic.
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Feel sorry for you guys in the USA. We get all these cars here in NZ.
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one doubt, can u buy a SEAT in USA???
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Anyone have an Acura NSX that may need some spit & polish or more that needs a new Meticulously obsessed owner that will provide the perfect care and home for this Icon of motoring excellence ?? Know of one , that needs a life long auot enthusiast , tecnichion and former auto dealer that isn't afraid to get out the wrenches & tooth brush late at night ??
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1995 Nissan skyline r34
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Toyota Celica GT-4 Alltrac would be cool 
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Vaz/Lada 2103 from russia.
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your rs200 facts are wrong and crap !!!!!
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Ae86 tureno, evo iv v vi skyline gtr r34 rx7 supra and more all legal in canada!!
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The supra has been legal in the US ever since it came out
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+gianpaul2000 all but one car on that list are
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Jesus these guys are boring
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What's the Alfa on the thumbnail??? thanks.
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I cannot imagine 2 people more suited for radio Figure out if you want sideburns or a beard, jesus
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1975 toyota celica
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Just all Group B rally homologations esp Delta S4
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I great car to import would be the Ford Cosworth
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Lancia GT 1987 or a 1987 lada suv
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+mario marena well, think whatever, but i was born and raised in Ukraine, and ive with a lot of Ladas. And they're probably the worst cars I've seen.
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+Mykhaylo Kosykh well I grew up in Greece and they have a ton of them there... They keep them as good cars
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Really late lol 3 years but Audi RS2 ur coupe Quattro
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I had a 20v quatro coupe. Awesome car. And the s2 is even better but really rare an f'ing expensive.
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In canada, everybody brought the nissan gtr r34. There must be thousands of them here now.
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ruf yellowbird........................................
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TWINGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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Same here in Australia with 25 year rule, also they are stopping production of the defender in 2015/6  
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Want an R31 Skyline? Buy an Infiniti M30 and start swapping parts Want an S12 Silvia? But a Nissan 200sx and start swapping parts Also, why no mention of the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth? (Although I suppose you could get an XR4Ti if you can find one)
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+c0rpse1 I was saying from the factory, and you swap a lot more than an rb into them
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+kylene brasier shut your rat mouth. a vg30e is trash. Why convert it to manual when you could just throw in a rb20 atleast
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lotus s1 elise or exige audi rs2 wagon suzuki cappuccino autozam az1 lotus carlton twin turbo ford rs200 (unrealistic dream) all will be legal by the time i can actually afford to bring one over.
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suzuki cappuccino fuck yeah
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The Carlton/Omega is one of my long time wishes :)
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The R31 isn't that expensive
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sort of off topic but you were talking about cars which could be an investment, the 1994-96 (96 is most sought after) Impala SS. Most people have some kind of weird soft spot for this car, it's carrying a 5.7l v8 corvette LT1 engine under the hood and looks imo amazing. Having a somewhat understated front end, slightly bulging sides, incredibly long and sitting low, it's almost impossible to find an angle that it doesn't look awesome. competition which also is in demand is the Mercury Marauder, having a similar style, engine, and being rare. I've always wanted one just as a daily driver and was shocked to see how well the value has held, ebay motors is filled with SS's going for around 15-30 grand in good condition.
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You guys need to do this every year.
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The 25-year rule?  Well then you could import a C110 Kenmeri Skyline, if you could find one that wasn't a basket case/OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive.
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Hey guys, sign the petition now to try to change the 25 year rule to a 15 year rule like Canada has. http://www.petrolicious.com/petrolisti-unite-time-to-rewrite-a-foolish-law
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LANCIA HF INTEGRALE TURBO
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Yea how can you have a must have import show which you turned into a must have homologation rally car show, then showing cars you can't really import, leave out the one car (short of an r32+ skyline) that you actually want to import?
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LADA.  Joking, sort of.
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this is the worst automotive show ive ever seen, its like you guys took literally 60 seconds to prepare for it
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A short list of my personal drool worthy classics 1) AMG hammer, amazing car and built on one of the most solid longest lasting chassis in the world. 2) 70 series land cruiser, the go anywhere do anything machine. 3) Sierra RS cosworth (still have to wait a few months on that one) 4) Austin mini, because who says a small car has to be awful
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Be hard pressed to get an Austin or Morris Mini, you can pick up the Leyland and Rover pretty cheap now. Plus which one, there are quite a few models?
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I swear despite everything else being in 720p, Spinelli's face somehow looks like it's still in standard def...
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He looks like Spicolli (fast times ridgemont high) w that hair and seems just about as knowledgeable as him as well...terrible host, always second guessing shit :/
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Can't import the Fiat Panda yet.  Damn......   /s
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Toyota Landcruiser 70 series.
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1989 Nissan GT-R 
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he should have been the mole in austin powers
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Audi S1 group B.... hands down, sign me up, who do i have to kill?
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G'day blokes. Instead of the Group 3 Commodore maybe consider the VL Walkinshaw. Super bewinged Commodore based on also the VL platform but with much more racing homologation gear. Top car.
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As of this year, you can now get the 89 Nissan 32 GT-R here in the states. The original Godzilla has arrived!!!
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I live in new zealand, they're everywhere. still about 20 grand for a tidy one though. but gts-t's with the rb20det are like 2-5 grand ten for a good one.
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toyota trueno or levin
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this is the most boring shit I have ever watched.
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AE86 Levin hatch 323is E30
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I realize Holden is owned by GM and that they make Chevy stylized cars, and the divisions days are numbered, but they made some very sweet sport cars and standard family drives. Check out the Monaco from the late 60s on, The HQ from 71, the VL Commodore from 86 would be a great choice., the 97 model was very nice but you have to wait till 2022
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Its called a MONARO not a MONACO.
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I made that correction 8 times to have YouTube spellcheck change it back, finally I gave up.
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1999 Skyline GT-R R34 V-spec
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GOD DAM that skyline is fucking hideous....reminds me of a k car...also notice how all Japanese cars have the square box look at the time...ex: silvia and skyline... landrover: WHY THE FUCK would anyone want one? they cost a arm n leg to fix and parts are next to impossible to find...i would know...we had one come into the shop needing a engine and in canada there were ZERO engines for that thing we had to get one imported from U.S and then when we got it the engine was also fucked...nedless to say they are a rich mans jeep that has more money than brains, FORD: why do they always make better vehicles in other country's and leave the crap ones here in NA...
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There are many engines you can fit in a Landrover. Parts maybe expensive there, but not bad in many places. Good, hard-working vehicle depending on the use.
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I'd have to wait until 2016, but, I'd go for a 1992 Toyota Townace or Hiace hi-top van.
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1987 BMW 745i South African version. Came with the M88/3 derived from the BMW M1...
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The GTS and GTB Turbo were Italian market cars. They were created solely because there was a tax break for cars under 2 liters. The only way to bring the performance up to anywhere near the level of the 3.2 liter cars was to turbocharge the engine. It still makes 16 bhp 6% LESS than the 3.2. There's really no point in bringing one here. There's nothing special about it other than being an underpowered home market tax dodge special which is more complex and maintenance intensive.
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G'day blokes. Instead of the Group 3 Commodore maybe consider the VL Walkinshaw. Super bewinged Commodore based on also the VL platform but with much more racing homologation gear. Top car.
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Stupid question - why were they banned? Land Rovers have been a staple of our agricultural economy as well as the armed forces for years and are proven excellent vehicles.
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Land Rivers aren't banned. these particular models are banned. Probably because they don't meet emissions standards or crash test standards in effect when built..
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Couple of notes : cool info on the Alfa 75 and the 959 FYI the R31 in the active aero package was that just front active set up HICAS was not avail untill R32 R31's are a RB20DET motor with the less desirable ceramic turbo set up. the R31 to get is a factory Impul or Nismo version and anyone who has them will not sell them. the S12's early ones are FJ20 motors later ones were the CA18DET but no intercooler other then that cool vid 
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id like to get the porshe at 3:40
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I've seen a few Nissan R32, R33, R34 Skylines here in Iowa, all right hand drive. All of which I'm pretty sure were legal. I'm assuming if they were illegal they wouldn't be at large public car shows.
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They are legal here.  For off road i.e., show, use only. they can't legally be registered unless they are one of the very, very few examples that motorex imported and made legal but you will pay well over a hundred grand for an r34 one of those..... Not saying there aren't illegal ones roaming around the roads either.  The FBI has amassed and crushed quite the collection lately.....
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70-series LC > x1,000,000 then a fucking POS 110 LR.  I knew the instant he said "Land Rover 110" that this guy has NO idea about 4wd's and simply wants one to "look" rugged and outdoorsy...  Yes they're "iconic" but in reality, all those safaris are really carried out in... Yep:  70-series Cruisers.  That's why NATO, The Red Cross and everyone else who truly operates "in the bush" run Landcruisers.  Hell the Hilux is a more desired vehicle in combat theaters then the HMMV is for good reason...  Toyota > Land Rover simple as that.  And to put a solid point on it (and one of my favorite pieces of trivia): When the Landcruiser was introduced to Australia, LR sales fell off OVER EIGHTY (80) PERCENT and have remained low ever since.  I lived and worked on a cattle station in The QLD for a fair few years we years and the ONLY trucks we ran were Toyotas (45/70/80-series trucks) for one very good reason:  they're put together better then any other 4wd out there except maybe a G-Wagen (a 461D Glandewagen would be a "must have" for me).  Now back in the US, my own 1st Gen Hilux Surf 22RE has over 330K on the odo and its going strong while I complete my JDM 1KZ-TE (3.0L Turbo Diesel) -> 2nd Gen 4Runner/Surf swap.  When it comes to relying on a vehicle for your life, it's Toyota all the way.
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there is 1 defender in Knin Croatia
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1987 Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth
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Fun fact: In 1987 Holden Commodore 6 Cylinder variants were fitted with Nissan RB30 motors. That's the same motor that was in later Skylines. This was due to the transition to unleaded fuel and new emissions regulations. Holden was not ready so they used the Nissan motors. A Commodore turbo variant exists known as the VL Calias Turbo, a luxury/performance oriented sedan designed to compete with euro imports.
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commodore ss !!! Hahahaha that's pretty funny.
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Get to the point punks
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Kuntage? KUNTAGE!? The closed-captioning writer needs to be shot. Countach, for fuck's sake.
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kuntage is way better, i love a bit of kuntage
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My BX 16 Valve will be 25 this november lol
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328 GTS turbo???  More like the 208 GTS turbo
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Wrong. The 208GTS turbo was 2 liter version of the 308, not the 328. By the time the 328 came around Ferrari had smartened up and chose not to draw attention to the fact the tax dodge car was missing 1200cc of displacement, which meant it's owner was too poor or too cheap to pony up the extra tax in order to own the real 328.
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LOL @ JF Musial's sarcasm about early 90's imports being good. If only he could see what car meets in Canada have looked like since 2005.  When my buddy from the states comes up for Rev Scene in the summer his eyes pop out of his head at all the Skylines, Silvia's, Chasers, early EVO's and STi's, and the fact that RHD Supra's and RX7's can be hand for so much cheaper.
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ferrari 438, tatra mtx , anything cosworth
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All i want is SKYLINE R34 NISMO and Ford Escort RS :)
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Why bother importing an S12 Silvia? It was sold here as the Nissan/Datsun 200SX.  You could get the US market car and build it up with the JDM parts, and not have to deal with the steering wheel on the other side.  I saw a 200SX in a salvage yard a couple years ago with a complete, rust-free body.  It was just begging to be rebuilt. It's a little known fact that with the exception of the S15 and the original CSP311 (which was a low-production model anyway), every generation of the Silvia was sold here. Prior to the 240SX and its awful engine, the US market cars usually even had the same engines as their JDM counterparts, if not better ones.
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Not true.  Good luck fitting a FJ20ET into a LHD car.  Even the Euro model S12's didn't have turbo (likely for the same reason).  Also, sourcing FJ20ET parts would be a pain.. although I think the Mk II Silvia RS-X (the one in this video) would be the CA18DET, so maybe it would be slightly easier (but way more lame then trying to put a FJ in, as the FJ is the one of the most bad ass motors Nissan ever build.. we're talking easy 500 HP on stock internals).  I have owned a few S12's before, and I would love to import and RS-X, but probably the 1985 version instead. If i was going to go a CA18DET path, I'd take a CA20E block, drill it out and put a CA18DET head on it... would just need to know were to find the pistons........ ramble ramble ramble
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+Michael Reed "Some assembly required"? Perhaps the parts that are oriented the wrong way could be fabricated.  This is the age of the 3D printer: if something that amazing is possible, there has to be some way to make it work.
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Does this guys know what they are talking about?
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I live in the U.K but if I was to drive Coast to Coast, Audi Coupe S 100, Skoda 130 Sport, Bangkok TUK TUK, Subaru legacy 4 Cam TURBO Mk1, Tatra 601, Renault Alpine A 610, Renault Avantime, Citroën XM and a Venturi Lp400.
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As an Australian I find it hilarious that Americans are rebadging their Aus-built Pontiacs as Holdens because over here we pay people out who put Chevrolet badges on their Commodores. So it's kind of funny how people over here want their car to be a Chev but people in the States want their car to be a Holden.
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we all want what what we cant have :D
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