A Quick Dive Into the Unique Cars of Canada – The Drive

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

David Patterson, a.k.a. “That Dude In Blue,” recently posted a video about the rarely discussed car culture of Quebec. I can tell you from personal experience that he nailed it quite accurately. My wife is from Montreal, and we just spent most of a week there attending a family wedding. But what fascinated me even more than Quebec’s car culture was the small selection of models, new and old, available in the Great White North that didn’t make their way to the States.

Unfortunately for American enthusiasts, there is a government ban on importing any car less than 25 years old that was not approved for sale in the US. A Canada-spec Ford Focus is fine, but an R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R is not. Canada has a similar import ban, but it’s only 15 years. That’s how I stumbled across a street legal R33 GT-R parked behind Gibeau’s Orange Julep in Montreal, along with three or four R32s. The only other time I’ve ever seen so many GT-Rs in one place was at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, where Nissan showcased one of every generation of the GT-R at the unveiling of their latest model.

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