Nissan Skyline from Fast & FuriousEnlarge Photo
From Bullitt to The Bourne Identity, movies have a way of boosting in particular brands of cars. Sometimes, that's a great thing, but what happens when films hype cars that consumers can't buy?
That's the question that Daryl Alison of San Clemente, California posed to himself after seeing several Fast & Furious movies and noting that the Nissan Skyline featured in them isn't technically legal in the U.S. "Should I leave well enough alone and be happy with my souped-up Versa," we imagine he said to himself one dark and stormy night, "or should I get crafty?"
Dude allegedly got crafty, importing the Skyline bodies and drivetrains separately, then rejoining them in the privacy of his shop. Sadly, he wasn't crafty enough to elude the feds: Alison has plead guilty to removing the markings from an imported vehicle, and his now-bankrupt business venture, Kaizo Industries, has been cited for failing to submit the necessary paperwork on the Skylines, which is a violation of the Clean Air Act.
We're guessing that it was the phony VIN plates that tipped somebody off. Or maybe it was Vin Diesel. Just for kicks, let's blame both.