The history of the Nissan Skyline in the United States is a dark one, filled with tales of black market activity and government intervention. The latest bit of controversy involves the “Big Bird” R33 that was featured in the original The Fast and the Furious movie.
A couple years ago after the car’s registration was improperly handled in the state of Wisconsin, the state’s DMV caught wind and seized the car, along with another imported GT-R. Despite numerous attempts by the car’s owner to straighten out the situation, both Skylines are due to be crushed today.
We don’t like to get political, but it’s a shame to see the government putting so much effort into ridding the country of a couple imported Nissans when there are so many bigger, actually important issues out there.
We’ll miss you, Big Bird.
Come to Florida. No one cares about smog testing or where the car came from. They're only concerned with speeding, parking meters and the HOV lane lol and did you know the "pizza boy" was actually the director of the movie? Thought that was funny.
man governments all over cracking down on the import tuner generation, over here in nz they crushd there first c33 laurel cuz it hookd a few O's in public.
sad to see any turbo nissan go
So they couldn't just kill the registration and say don't drive it on the street? What the point in destroying a work of art? It should go in a movie museum or something. Who is calling the shots at Wisconsin's DMV? Hitler???
I guess the owner will have to *puts on sunglasses* find another way home...
. . . talk about misplaced priorities. Not surprising though, as Governor Walker has the state of Wisconsin in such a mess that he is facing a recall vote!
What a waste. They should have just deported them back to where they came from. (Or sent them to Canada.)
That's so sad in two points. In one point it's sad that the USA cares about stuff like this when there is big shit going on in their country. In another point it's sad because this car is somehow a kind of legend :(
Thank you thank you thank you everyone! For not letting this fall apart into a stupid debate of any sort. I enjoyed everyone's comments, I agree big bird will be missed, and I do hope the laws change for the future. Granted 25 years will be up for the first r32 in a few years :D.
R.I.P. (rust in piece) Big Bird... makes me sad to see it go, but on a positive note, every scrapped or thrashed GTR make mine go up in value! Plenty of GTR's/Skyline's here in Australia. The laws around modifying here are a pain, but overall at least we can get our hands on good JDM stuff.
Motorex is proof that bureaucracy does not prevent crime, it causes corruption.
Motorex was a Registered Importer. One of a very few companies, authorized to import and modify cars to meet US standards. After the cost of the car, the shipping, the fees, the taxes, and all the paperwork, a Registered Importer gets an additional $5,000+ for the task of installing bumper beams, an airbag, LHD headlamps, a MPH speedometer, and scribing the passenger side view mirror with the phrase "cars in mirror may be farther than they appear".
Any car enthusiast who knows how to hold a wrench, works on his own cars, and wants to import a vehicle, is qualified to perform these simple tasks, and more motivated to do the job correctly, probably with a level of detail and excellence that surpasses the original factory assembly. Some minimum wage slave at a RI is motivated to crank through as many jobs as fast as possible, and cares next to nothing about the car, the money invested in the car, or the safety of the occupants of the car.
And surprise of surprises, they caught Motorex faking the documents and sending out cars without US spec bumpers, airbags, headlamps, speedometers, mirrors, etc.
Instead of creating a system of authorized RIs, the government should have trained a group of inspectors who would examine and verify that the work was done by the vehicle owner, or whoever the vehicle owner hired to do the work.
But that wouldn't have been expensive or complicated enough, and wouldn't have provided steady income from RI license renewal fees.
Its a shame this car will be crushed, I went to motorex 10 years ago and saw this car in the back corner of the warehouse in pieces and boxes on top of it. I always wondered what happen to the car. This sucks!!!
Civics Lesson: The Legislative branch writes the laws, but the Executive branch is responsible for enforcing those laws, and more importantly choosing which laws they don't want to enforce.
Insideline.Com says the car was seized in 2010. The same time that our current Executive Officer brought us Cash-for-Clunkers, did away with Hummer and Pontiac, and decided we were all going to be driving around in battery powered golf carts.
We can all pray that this time, those of you who voted for Hope and Change, will realize that the Change part included doing away with gasoline powered automobiles, and Nissan Skylines.
Terrible our tax dollars are being put too use to destroy these awesome vehicles!
Well buy a gun and hope that our Government doesn't get any more ideas of taking our freedoms!!!!!
Yeah but the drunk assholes down my street who have sideswiped both me and my friends prjoect cars havent been imprisoned yet.... Lets worry about thuings that matter. Not what people drive. This is a shame.
We have our own lobby. Make a point to join the SEMA Action Network to get informed. They only way to beat politicians is to buy them or out spend them.
WHY!!!!!!??? That was my favorite car! UGH! this is stupid! how can they do that!? wow poor r32. these are the reasons why the government wonders why people...
I don't understand has the owner done something wrong why cant they just keep it unregistered and track it? God damn government
@ResGoEasy Same way, the company that was importing them is at fault. Charged people thousands due to cost of registration and never did
I don't understand how they can crush it? If it's kept on private property and not driven on public roads, who's the victim?
There's hardly anything political about it, when you think about it. This has more to do with the greed of Mercedes Benz and them wanting to sell Americans their entry level scrap back in the '80s. They didn't like people gray marketing the new faster cars they were selling in Europe, so they lobbied congress, giving us the overboard 25 year rule that we have today.
Wow.. I didnt know there was a country that is worse than Norway when it comes to registering JDM cars.. :-/
We have no real freedom in this country when the government can take YOUR belongings and destroy them. This is a worldwide epidemic of laws and regulation that is getting to the point where people don't realize the freedom that is being taken from them.
I'm not from the US, and don't know much about its workings, but if I can hazard an observation. The US seems to like to keep everything within the country. Be it manufacturing and the money that's made from it. That's a natural need for any country. But never before have I seen such dogged perseverance, and not just from the automotive industry. It's like there's some sort of overarching directive that no one's talking about? All the way from military propaganda through movies to covert ad campaigns.
Poor GT-R :( 2 more RB26 out there :/
But hey, what do you expect from fat dumb politicans? Atleast they could take the car from the owner and sell it, to get some money and make someone else happy (As it is here in Germany, as much as I know)
omg i dont eaven have word for this... at the very least throw this thing in a museam this thing is an icon that started a movement and their can only ever be one original one.. i real shame
Someone needs to put together another petition and get another Bill together...
"Because of the unavailability in America of certain vehicle models, a grey market arose in the late 1970s. This provided an alternate, legal method to acquire vehicles only sold overseas.The success of the grey market, however, ate into the business of Mercedes-Benz of North America Inc., which launched a successful congressional lobbying effort to eliminate this alternative for consumers in 1988 , despite the lack of any evidence suggesting grey-market vehicles were less safe than those built to comply with U.S. regulations."
why!!! Skyline GTR is one of my dream car. They did this to proof what? R.I.P to one of the best nice GTR ever!!!
This sort of thing happens in the UK too, I don't understand why they don't sell it and use the money for things like repairing roads and funding the police, etc. A real shame.