A Police Officer Proudly Owns this Once-Illegal Nissan GT-R
The storied Nissan Skyline GT-R has long been an automotive hero on Japanese soil, standing tall amidst sports car icons like the Mazda RX-7 and Toyota Supra. However, in an odd twist of fate, that same pedigree would make it quite the villain in other parts of the world… the USA included. You see, Nissan never officially sold the Skyline GT-R on US soil—it didn’t meet US emission or crash safety standards—but that didn’t stop enterprising fans from sneaking them in, a process that has famously ended with many such cars being crushed by the federal government (due to non-compliance). A sad, sad fate for such an icon, whether it be the 1989 to ‘94 R32, the ‘95 to ‘98 R33, or the ‘99 to ‘02 R34 models. This particular R32 Nissan GT-R is different, though. In fact, it’s the first R32 to be legally imported to the US. And its owner? That’s Matt Carley, a big-time performance car fan and a police officer. It’s a lovely irony for such a legally-ensnarled sports car to end up with one of the boys in blue, especially someone who loves it as much as Officer Carley does. Take a look below as he talks about his GT-R, and try not to get a face cramp from smiling; his enthusiasm is addicting. RELATED: This Nissan GT-R Wagon is Real, and It's in the USA!
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Since acquiring the ’89 Nissan GT-R, Officer Carley explains he has been inundated with curious fans in passing, even to the point of being mobbed at Pep Boys by a group of Subaru drivers. Admittedly, part of that may have something to do with his car’s eye-catching body kit, which resembles that of the later and still legally-challenged to import R34 models.
His future plans? With a 444-hp Dodge Stealth R/T Twin Turbo under his belt, Officer Carley hopes to eventually tune-up his Nissan GT-R to produce between 500 and 550 hp, measured at the wheels. One thing is for certain, he won’t be parting ways with his beloved R32 any time soon.
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