1999 Skyline GT-R V·spec pictured
Photo: Nissan Heritage

Take one look around the JDM import scene in America and one thing becomes immediately clear: Something is going on in the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles.

The reputation for things down there is that registration is, uh, lax. Extremely lax. Maybe too lax, at least as far as the 25-Year Import Rule is concerned.

Certainly some shifty shit is going on on the regular, to double up my words, as our own Ryan Felton detailed in a big article today:

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It’s not hard to find should-be-illegal R34 Skylines and the like down there, as reader 2ndgear attests:

But, like, could the Florida DMV really be all that lax? I mean, these cars get crushed and seized by the Feds all the time. Certainly, it’s hard to imagine what a Florida DMV interaction would be like on such a car. But that’s what reader SmugAardvark is here for:

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If you need me, I’ll be taking a trip down there in my 1991 Renault Avantime. Uh, yeah, sure that’s a real car. No, don’t bother Googling that.