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Show & Display Exemption Explained

The Show & Display clause of the US import laws causes a lot of confusion. Many people seem to think you can bring in almost anything and declare that it is for “show & display” but that is not the case. In reality, it is a long and challenging process that in general, is not worth the time and expense.

Italdesign Aztec

Italdesign Aztec

First off, not just anything can be imported under the Show & Display provision. There is a list of approved cars from the NHTSA. These are not your average cars, this list includes cars such as the Italdesign Aztec, the 2005 Rodedawg and Pope John Paul II’s Ferrari Enzo (yes, just that one).

2005 RodedawgThere is also a list of cars that have been denied already. These are cars where people have applied to have a car put on the list but the NHTSA determined they were not eligible. Many Nissan Skylines show up on this list. If there is a car that you think is special enough to be approved and it hasn’t already been denied, the NHTSA has a good walk-through on how to apply. Be prepared to create a college-level presentation with many facts backing up your position! Jalopnik recently had a person who imported a Masarati Shamal explain what he did to get his car approved.

R34 Nissan Skyline Midnight Purple

1999 Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec in Midnight Purple II paint

A couple of Nissan Skylines are on the approved list however. Nismo Edition R32 GTRs could be imported as Show & Display, but they are now over 25 and so can be imported normally. The 1999 Nissan Skyline GTR R34 V-Spec Early Model Limited Edition is the other Skyline on the list. But, wait! The 1999 Nissan Skyline GTR R34 & 1999 V-Spec version show up on the denied list too! The closest guess to what a “ Early Model Limited Edition” is (since nothing ever received that distinction from Nissan), is a 1999 Midnight Purple II V-Spec with a build date that’s early in the run. The only way to know for sure is to submit an application seeking approval and nobody has done that yet.

Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec LM

JDM Expo’s 1996 Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec LM

What about R33s? There are a few people who have imported them legally and R33 Skylines are a bit of a special case. The 1995 Nissan Skyline GTR, 95-96 GTR V-Spec and 1997 Autech 40th Anniversary Eidtion are on the denied list and there are no R33s on the approved list. But, there’s a loophole! R33s were legal at one point and not just for Show & Display but for actual, normal import. To do this, they had to be converted to meet crash testing and EPA standards. So, with the GTR and the GTR V-Spec not eligible that leaves only one model. The legendary GTR V-Spec LM Edition. This car was built to commemorate a Le Mans win and made only in Championship Blue. Only 98 cars were ever built and with special aero pieces, color and badges it is extremely hard to find an original one.

This car can be imported, but must be brought into compliance with US emissions regulations. This roughly $20,000 job can only be done by one company and it can be years between when you buy the car and when you actually get it. If you must have that car, you may want to wait until 2021 when you can bring it in without issue.

Now, the next time you hear someone say “Oh, you can just import that as Show & Display!” when they’re talking about Skylines, you’ll know the answer is “You can but…” because technically you can but realistically probably not!

Import Nissan Skyline GTR R32 with JDM EXPO Japan

New Arrivals! Nissan Skyline GTR R32s for sale in Japan. Import Skyline GTR R32 to USA from Japan under 25 years old rule. Check out those latest arrived Skyline GTR R32s all in a great condition and the most can be imported to the USA under the 25 years old rule! Click on the photo of the vehicle to learn more about the car and feel free to contact us for more info at [email protected] / www.jdm-expo.com

Skyline GTR 32 for sale Japan. Import Skyline GTR R32 to USA

Skyline GTR 32 for sale Japan. Import Skyline GTR R32 to USA

Buy Skyline R32 Japan. Import Nissan Skyline GTR 32 USA

Buy Skyline R32 Japan. Import Nissan Skyline GTR 32 USA

Skyline GTR R32 sale. Import Skyline GTR R32

Skyline GTR R32 sale. Import Skyline GTR R32

A Glimpse at the Japanese Auto Auctions – June 11

The Skyline is a great car, but there are many other amazing cars in Japan. Every week, over 100,000 cars are put up for auction and so I’ve combed through these listings to pick out 15 noteworthy cars that are up for auction and legal for US import. Most are JDM cars, but every once in awhile something really special from a European manufacturer is getting auctioned off, so you’ll see a few of those cars on the list as well.

While its too late to purchase most of these cars, if you see something you like send an email to [email protected] and we’ll find an equal or better car for you. And remember, you can always check out the auctions yourself through our website, by going to http://auc.jdm-expo.com!


15. 1988 Toyota Corolla GT-Z (AE92)

This Week's Awesome Japanese Auctions - 6/11

A Glimpse at the Japanese Auto Auctions – May 28

Another week and another 100,000 cars passing through the various auction houses of Japan.  I’ve perused the various auction listings to come up with 10 unique, neat or otherwise highlight-worthy vehicles that are all legal for US import and not Skyline GTRs. Why not Skyline GTRs? Japan is home to so many cool and unusual cars that could be brought to the US that the average person has no idea even exist and bringing a car to the US costs considerably less than you might think. I wanted to highlight some of them that come up for sale every week. So, onto this week’s Top 10.


10. 1981 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60

This Week's Awesome Japanese Auctions - 5/28/15

A Glimpse at the Japanese Auto Auctions – May 21

The Japanese auto auctions are AWESOME! Why? Because over 100,000 cars go through them every week! Every car that every dealer, shop and some private owners have grown tired of gets posted up between Saturday and Wednesday and then put up for bid Wednesday through Friday.

One thing that makes Japanese auctions so fun is that they have a huge variety of cars. There’s USDM stuff brought over by importers and US military, there’s European and Chinese cars, drift cars, road race cars and cars so customized it’s hard to tell what they are.

Another thing is that many of these cars have low mileage and well maintained. Recently a 161,000 mile NSX in very good shape was featured on Nice Price or Crack Pipe for $25,000. That’s 260,000 kilometers, a number that would cause most Japanese auction buyers to completely ignore it, but that car got a 69% NP win.

The fever for Skyline GTRs has caused a ton of US importers to spring up and the bidding for these cars are insane. All of the importers have access to these auctions and every importer fights with every other importer for 1989-1990 GTRs. This means that other gems get totally overlooked, often getting no bids at all! I’ve compiled a list of my favorite 10 non-Skyline cars up for auction this week hoping to teach people that there’s more to Japan than Skylines, and many are just as cool.

10. 1988 Toyota Starlet Turbo S

This Week's Awesome Japanese Auctions

Meet Godzilla’s Little Brother, the Pulsar GTi-R!

The Nissan Pulsar GTi-R, aka “Baby ‘Zilla”

The Pulsar is normally a very boring, bland commuter car but Nissan decided to go racing with it and that’s where the fun began. In 1991, Nissan entered it into the Group A class of the WRC, pitting it against the Subaru WRX, Mitsubishi Evo, Lancia Delta Integrale and other rally legends. Thanks to the homologation rules Nissan was required to produce 5,000 models for public sale with 500 of those being the stripped down, race-ready GTI-RB models. The remaining 4,500 cars were the very similar but more street-friendly GTI-RA models. You can tell which is which by the VIN numbers; the RA has a VIN of EBYNRVFN14xxxx and the RB has a VIN of EBYNRRFN14xxxx.

Pulsar rally car

The Group A Nissan GTi-R

Between August of 1990 and November of 1994, about 12,000-15,000 GTi-R’s were made in total. The most were made in 1990 (good news for US buyers!). In 1992 Nissan changed some of the interior trim from pieces specific to the GTi-R to ones found across the Pulsar range, but otherwise the car remained unchanged throughout its run. Some ways you can tell an early from a late model include the Prince logo on the grill, a red GTi-R badge on the steering wheel and hollow (instead of solid) headrests. The model changes are purely cosmetic, so you can be assured that no matter what year Pulsar GTi-R you buy, you’re still going to get the same killer performance.

So what makes the GTi-R so awesome?

Simple, Nissan raided the parts bin. They took the motor from an S13 Silvia (an SR20, aka “red top”, with a big intercooler stuck on toppulsar gti-r motor) and the all-wheel drive system from the R32 Skyline GTS-4 and stuck it in a package with a curb weight of only 1220kg (1190kg for the RB models). This gave it a 0-100km/h time of under 5 seconds, a 232km/h top speed and a standing quarter mile time of 13 seconds. Nissan didn’t forget this was a road car though and added power windows, power locks, ABS, fully independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes so not only does this little hot hatch scream, but it’s very nice to drive on a daily basis. With it’s 2 liter motor, it’s not bad on fuel either (if you can leave your foot out of it!). No other hatches on the market today can compete with a Pulsar GTi-R’s power to weight ratio, and a stock Pulsar GTi-R will have no problems flying past a VW Golf R32, Audi S3 or Honda Civic Type R.

Ok I want one, now what?

Why buy Skyline GTR R32?

There’s been much discussion in Japan about what the estimated prices will be for BNR32 Skylines. So 89-94 only 45,000 R32 GTRs were made. Given the number of crashes, track cars, and 25 years of wear and tear, it is figured less than half might be around. Many went to the UK, Australia, Canada, Europe. So maybe 5-9,000 cars are available, for all 5 years. So it is doubtful we will see any sort of market saturation anytime soon.

The Cosmo Sport 110s for sale in Japan at JDM Expo!

Mazda Cosmo Sport 110s was the world’s first dual-rotor rotary engine production car and ever since has concurred the hearts of many classic Japanese car lover since its launch in 1967.

The Cosmo Sport 11os is considered by car enthusiasts to be a unique style Japanese interpretation of ‘what a Western sports car’ should look like. Near its production period, the Cosmo Sport 110s had a production run of around 1,200 units. Records show that only two 1967 Cosmos were exporter to the United States from Japan and the one of them being registered to Curtiss-Wright Corporation.