Deciding which car you want to import from all the available choices is one of the first steps of the process. We have compiled a list of JDM cars available at auction in Japan for import to the United States under the 25 year rule as of 2016. Obviously you will find different models of the Nissan Skyline and 300ZX, Toyota Supra & MR2 Turbo, and Mazda RX7. You also might see some other models that you wouldn’t have thought of, or didn’t even know existed. This list is by no means completely comprehensive, as Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, and Subaru all have hundreds of different models and chassis. What we have tried to do is list all the cars that we think are both interesting or desirable to the enthusiast, and actually still available in Japan at auction. Unfortunately there are some pretty sweet cars that are no longer available, or extremely rare to find in exportable condition. We have not included some of these in our list. Table instructions and documentation are at the bottom of the list.
Want a BNR32 Skyline GT-R? The Nissan models section is the place for you. Have you looked at the prices yet though? If you don’t have 20K to spend, check out the GTS-T Skyline with the RB20DET. The Cefiro and Laurel are great 4 door options that have a similar chassis, engine, and transmission to the Skyline. Nissan made some other really cool models that are less know as well.
Nissan Models Eligible For US Import
|180SX||Type 2||RPS13||1991-1999||SR20DET||5M 4A|
|180SX||Hicas Type 2||KRPS13||1991-1999||SR20DET||5M 4A|
|Cefiro||ATTESA AWD||NA31||1988-1993||RB20DET||5M 4A|
|Laurel||Turbo, Medalist||HC33||1989-1993||RB20DET||5M 4A|
|Fairlady Z||Z32||1989-1999||VG30DE||5M 4A|
|Fairlady Z||2+2||GZ32||1989-2000||VG30DE||5M 4A|
|Fairlady Z||Turbo||CZ32||1989-2001||VG30DETT||5M 4A|
|Fairlady Z||2+2 Turbo||GCZ32||1989-2002||VG30DETT||5M 4A|
Starting in 1990, Toyota started placing the legendary 1JZ-GTE engine in everything from the MKIII Supra to multiple different 4 door cars as well. Like 4 cylinder turbo cars? The 3S-GTE engine powers the Celica GT-4 and the MR2 Turbo.
Toyota Models Eligible For US Import
|Supra||2.5GT TT||JZA70||1990-1993||1JZ-GTE||5M 4A|
|Supra||2.0GT TT Wide||GA70H||1986-1993||1G-GTE||5M 4A|
|Supra||2.0GT TT||GA70||1986-1993||1G-GTE||5M 4A|
|Supra||3.0GT Turbo||MA70||1986-1993||7M-GTE||5M 4A|
|Soarer||2.0GT TT||GZ20||1986-1991||1G-GTE||5M 4A|
|Corolla Levin||2 Door||AE86||1983-1987||4A-GEU||5M|
|Corolla Levin||3 Door||AE86||1983-1987||4A-GEU||5M|
|Sprinter Trueno||2 Door||AE86||1983-1987||4A-GEU||5M|
|Sprinter Trueno||3 Door||AE86||1983-1987||4A-GEU||5M|
|Mark II||GT TT||JZX81||1990-1992||1JZ-GTE||4A|
|Crown||Royal Saloon G||UZS131||1989-1991||1UZ-FE||4A|
|Celica||4WD GT-4 RC||ST185||1989-1993||3S-GTE||5M|
Honda is possibly the most well known company that didn’t import some of their best models and variants to the United States. Honda seemingly put the B16A engine into an SI version of all of their Civics and early Integra models.
Honda Models Eligible For US Import
|Civic||25X Hatch||EF2||1988-1991||D15B2||5M 4A|
|Civic||35X Sedan||EF2||1988-1991||D15B2||5M 4A|
|Civic||SiR2 3D Hatch||EG6||1991-1995||B16A2||5M|
|Civic||SiR2 3D Hatch||EF9||1991-1995||B16A2||5M|
|Today||3D XTI||JA1||1985-1993||E07A 660cc||5M|
Mazda didn’t hold back as much as some other manufacturers, but a lot of the best models are easy to find and came with better specs in Japan. You can import a Japan spec FC3S RX7 right now with more power than the US version, or just get a great condition Miata (Eunos roadster) with really low miles.
Mazda Models Eligible For US Import
|Eunos Cosmo||20B EE||JCESE||1990-1996||20B-REW||4A|
|Eunos Roadster||S Package||NA6CE||1989-1998||B6ZE||5M 4A|
|Eunos Roadster||V Special||NA6CE||1989-1998||B6ZE||5M 4A|
|Eunos Roadster||Base||NA6CE||1989-1998||B6ZE||5M 4A|
|Savanna RX7||S5 Base||FC3S||1989-1992||13B-T||5M 4A|
|Savanna RX7||S5 GT-X||FC3S||1989-1992||13B-T||5M 4A|
|Savanna RX7||S5 GT-R||FC3S||1989-1992||13B-T||5M 4A|
|Savanna RX7||S5 Efini||FC3S||1989-1992||13B-T||5M 4A|
|Savanna RX7||S5 Cabrio||FC3S||1989-1992||13B-T||5M 4A|
Right Now we are a little far out from the heyday of Mitsubishi’s most loved cars. But right now you can import a Galant VR-4 with the awesome 4G63 engine and AWD or the GTO twin turbo VR-4 for great prices.
Mitsubishi Models Eligible For US Import
|GTO||TT VR-4 4WD||Z16A||1990-1993||6G72||5M 4A|
|GTO||Base NA||Z16A||1990-1993||6G72||5M 4A|
To make it easier for you to find cars that you are interested in importing, we have separated the individual charts by manufacturer. Within a specific manufacturer table, you will find the model, type, chassis code, model years, engine, and available transmissions. An example of this in the Nissan table would be Skyline, GT-R, BNR32, RB26DETT, 1989-1994, 5M. You can click the arrows at the top of the list to organize the table by any variable you are looking for. As an example if you are looking for a Nissan with an RB20DET engine, you can click on the engine tab to organize by the engine available with the car to quickly find all Nissans in the table that are available with an RB20DET.
It is also important to note that the cars are listed by model year, and that doesn’t necessarily indicate the month of production. We have the various chassis listed through the last model year of production. Remember that the car needs to be 25 years old to month to be eligible for import. If you are going to import any car, it is always important to check with your auction agent, exporter, or broker to ensure the cars registration or manufacturing date makes it eligible for US import. This list is always going to be a work in progress as every year new models will become available. If you think we have missed a model or drive train that should be on the list, send us an email to let us know!