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Re: Foreign cars spotted in USA/Canada
« Reply #75 on: December 01, 2020, 05:57:09 PM »

Now thatís an oddball. From the one angle it almost looks like itís an R33 front clip put on an R32, something Iíve seen before with the next-gen R34. Also odd that it has a Euro plate.

As far as the plate, it's the original number plate from its registration in the UK. First registered in the UK in January 1995, according to the DVLA. You can look up the plate here.

Closest guess would be someone visiting and training at nearby Maxwell Air Force Base...

I'm not sure your point. The number plate on the front of that R33 is simply vanity: it was left as a tribute to the car's past life in the UK. You can search up the plate as I mentioned; it has not been taxed and its MOT expired several years ago. But that was, in fact, the original plate for that R33.

I suspect Japanese plates are more common on R33's, but this particular R33's connection to Japan is limited to manufacturing only: it spent its whole life in the UK, so the plate is from the UK instead.
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Re: Foreign cars spotted in USA/Canada
« Reply #76 on: December 01, 2020, 07:00:58 PM »

Now thatís an oddball. From the one angle it almost looks like itís an R33 front clip put on an R32, something Iíve seen before with the next-gen R34. Also odd that it has a Euro plate.

As far as the plate, it's the original number plate from its registration in the UK. First registered in the UK in January 1995, according to the DVLA. You can look up the plate here.

Closest guess would be someone visiting and training at nearby Maxwell Air Force Base...

I'm not sure your point. The number plate on the front of that R33 is simply vanity: it was left as a tribute to the car's past life in the UK. You can search up the plate as I mentioned; it has not been taxed and its MOT expired several years ago. But that was, in fact, the original plate for that R33.

I suspect Japanese plates are more common on R33's, but this particular R33's connection to Japan is limited to manufacturing only: it spent its whole life in the UK, so the plate is from the UK instead.

Ah, I see.

Just saw "1995 Nissan Purple" but didn't look further to see that it was an expired registration.

Maxwell AFB actually does training for some international visitors' pilots. So I figured they get to export them, similar to how NATO-plated vehicles can be applied on service members' US vehicles which are shipped abroad...then winding up back in the US:

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Re: Foreign cars spotted in USA/Canada
« Reply #77 on: December 30, 2020, 09:18:57 PM »

Well, I knocked something off my bucket list: I bought a foreign market car today. Say hello to my 1992 Toyota Aristo twin turbo. This was sold in the US, sans turbos, as the Lexus GS300 from 1993 to 1997, but this particular example lived in Japan until early this year. I bought it from a local dealer that specializes in bringing in imported vehicles from Japan, and saw quite a bit of their eye candy today. While it looks as plain as can be, it shares a drivetrain with the 1993-98 Supra.



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Re: Foreign cars spotted in USA/Canada
« Reply #78 on: December 30, 2020, 10:00:58 PM »

Well, that's definitely cool! I remember when most people didn't care about Lexus SC 300s. Just some boring rich guy's car. Then about 10 years after they came out people were like, "Uhh, you know that's a Supra?" Which means the SC 400 is a V8 Supra!

There's a guy that drives an R32 Nissan Skyline who works at the military recruitment office next door to where I work. I first saw the car about 5 years ago driving around town and was floored considering it's in a town of 40,000 in a border county to Appalachian Ohio. The only other one I've seen was in Haarlem, Holland.
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Re: Foreign cars spotted in USA/Canada
« Reply #79 on: December 30, 2020, 10:42:23 PM »

Thanks. Iím having fun with it. Itís very fast, though I havenít pushed it all the way yet...too much traffic at the moment.

Another interesting tidbit I found out today: the Japanese-market 1994-97 Honda Accord wagons were built in Ohio and exported to Japan, and carry these Honda of America and US Wagon badges on them.
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Re: Foreign cars spotted in USA/Canada
« Reply #80 on: December 30, 2020, 10:47:59 PM »

I love a good sleeper! Very nice purchase.

I'm guessing "U.S. WAGON" would have been a mark of shame in 1990s Japan.
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Re: Foreign cars spotted in USA/Canada
« Reply #81 on: December 30, 2020, 11:33:10 PM »

I love a good sleeper! Very nice purchase.

I'm guessing "U.S. WAGON" would have been a mark of shame in 1990s Japan.
I always thought it was an odd choice to delegate JDM Accord production to Ohio for that generation, but oddly enough they sold decently. One of the wagons there inexplicably had Acura badges on it. I know thereís a USDM subculture in Japan like thereís a JDM subculture in North America, but there was no Acura equivalent of that particular Accord. The TSX didnít show up for almost a decade.
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Re: Foreign cars spotted in USA/Canada
« Reply #82 on: December 31, 2020, 10:18:04 AM »

I guess that Accord would be JIM (Japanese Import Market) then, wouldn't it?
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Re: Foreign cars spotted in USA/Canada
« Reply #83 on: January 01, 2021, 03:18:55 PM »

The general term for those vehicles is a "captive import". Ford tried it with the Sierra here in the USA in the 80's, but branded them Merkurs.

The later "bigger" USDM Honda Accord/Acura TL was sold in Japan as the Honda Inspire, while the smaller Asian/European market Accord was sold as the Acura TSX here. Honda has since realigned the Accord to be the same car worldwide.
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Re: Foreign cars spotted in USA/Canada
« Reply #84 on: January 02, 2021, 07:30:43 PM »

The general term for those vehicles is a "captive import". Ford tried it with the Sierra here in the USA in the 80's, but branded them Merkurs.

Iíve always taken the term ďcaptive importĒ to mean something slightly different than that.

Staying within the Ford universe, a more apt example would be the 1970s Ford Courier compact pickup, a Mazda B-series truck designed and built by Mazda in Hiroshima but sold at Ford dealers in the U.S. with Ford badges and an F-100-like grille. The premise is for Ford to plug a gap in its product lineup with a foreign-made productóand ideally, Clem and Bubba wonít even realize that their new ďFordĒ pickups are Japanese.

Merkur was arguably the opposite. Yes, the cars were foreign-built and filled gaps in Fordís U.S. model lineup (i.e. sporty European sedan/coupe), but they actually were Fords. And Ford contrived the name ďMerkurĒ in the hopes that yuppies who preferred BMWsóand wouldnít be caught dead in a Mercury (let alone a Ford)ómight not realize that their XR4Ti or Scorpio was a Ford.
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Re: Foreign cars spotted in USA/Canada
« Reply #85 on: January 02, 2021, 08:34:03 PM »

Well, I knocked something off my bucket list: I bought a foreign market car today. Say hello to my 1992 Toyota Aristo twin turbo. This was sold in the US, sans turbos, as the Lexus GS300 from 1993 to 1997, but this particular example lived in Japan until early this year.

I used to have a '94 GS 300 (I swapped out the wheels when the paint flaked off):



The 2JZ inline-6 motor had a nice torque bump at around 3000 RPM. I miss this car sometimes, but it was getting expensive to maintain on a budget and was offered good money for it.
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Re: Foreign cars spotted in USA/Canada
« Reply #86 on: January 02, 2021, 10:46:43 PM »

2JZ

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Re: Foreign cars spotted in USA/Canada
« Reply #87 on: January 03, 2021, 11:25:58 AM »

2JZ

Is there a more beloved three-character combination?

911, for various reasons.
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Re: Foreign cars spotted in USA/Canada
« Reply #89 on: January 03, 2021, 01:14:21 PM »

2JZ

Is there a more beloved three-character combination?

911, for various reasons.

true.
Both are great. I missed the boat on relatively affordable 911s, but this was probably my last chance to get a relatively affordable turbo 2J. Everything 90s and JDM has been skyrocketing the past year or two. 4-5 years ago, you could get a decent Skyline GT-R for around 20-25 grand. Now, that money gets you the lesser GTS-T.
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Re: Foreign cars spotted in USA/Canada
« Reply #90 on: January 03, 2021, 01:15:35 PM »

Well, I knocked something off my bucket list: I bought a foreign market car today. Say hello to my 1992 Toyota Aristo twin turbo. This was sold in the US, sans turbos, as the Lexus GS300 from 1993 to 1997, but this particular example lived in Japan until early this year.

I used to have a '94 GS 300 (I swapped out the wheels when the paint flaked off):



The 2JZ inline-6 motor had a nice torque bump at around 3000 RPM. I miss this car sometimes, but it was getting expensive to maintain on a budget and was offered good money for it.
My 2004 GS300 has a normally asipirated 2J. Itís a solid engine.
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Re: Foreign cars spotted in USA/Canada
« Reply #92 on: January 08, 2021, 11:21:05 AM »

I have seen a Mexico City plated Nissan Rogue in Niagara Falls. It was a surprise to see a MX City plate all the way in Niagara, but unfortunately, the vehicle is a vehicle that is sold in Canada and the US.
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Re: Foreign cars spotted in USA/Canada
« Reply #93 on: January 25, 2021, 10:42:20 PM »

Mazda 2 (DY) spotted around Huntsvile...these weren't sold in the US (we received the DE starting in the 2008 model year).

I don't think I've seen them around in Canada, so I wonder if it came in as a gray-market import from Mexico?

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« Reply #94 on: January 25, 2021, 11:18:22 PM »

Mazda 2 (DY) spotted around Huntsvile...these weren't sold in the US (we received the DE starting in the 2008 model year).

I don't think I've seen them around in Canada, so I wonder if it came in as a gray-market import from Mexico?
Looks like itís old enough to have been able to be imported to Canada via their 15-year exemption, so it could have crossed from up north.
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Re: Foreign cars spotted in USA/Canada
« Reply #95 on: July 09, 2021, 02:05:27 PM »

How about a domestic car spotted in the USA with foreign plates?   :crazy:   Yes, you read that correctly.

On June 22, I spotted a LHD Honda Pilot in the parking lot of this Jimmy John's in Wichita Falls, TX.  It had license plates from East Anglia, UK.

This means thatóassuming it wasn't originally from the UAE or some crazy scenario like thatóthe owner had the vehicle shipped overseas, registered it in England, and then later had it shipped back to the USA.

I'm assuming the owner is in the militaryóWichita Falls having an Air Force base and all.  But that still seems kind of odd.  When servicemen have their vehicles shipped overseas, don't they typically keep them registered in the States?  Why would someone register it in the foreign country?  Really unexpected...
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« Reply #96 on: July 09, 2021, 02:32:54 PM »

I saw a European-licensed vehicle in downtown Minneapolis once, where the longer and narrower plates stuck out from behind their Minnesota plates.
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Re: Foreign cars spotted in USA/Canada
« Reply #97 on: September 03, 2022, 03:05:24 PM »

Saw an Opel Calibra imported from Poland today, at Cars & Coffee Richmond. The owner wasÖobnoxious.

closest I could get to posting it here, but it still has the Polish plates and import stuff on it
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