by Sean Morris I get this question about once a week these days, “Are the Skylines really going to be legal when they are 25 years old? The answer is actually yes, and no, as it all depends where you live.In North America, Canada is an exception, but even in the United States the rules have some variance.This is because the Code of Federal Regulations Title 49 part 591.5(i), also written 49CFR591.5(i), says you can.
It kills me that you cannot import a relatively clean burning JDM car but yet Redneck Joe can go crank up is 69 mustang and spew Hydrocarbons, and NOx all over.A vehicle is exempted if it has been 21 years or more since its original production year and it is in its original unmodified condition.Vehicles in any condition may be excluded if they were manufactured prior to the year in which EPA's regulations for the class of vehicle took effect.The Code of Federal Regulations is the definitive word on the rules. The laws used to only be written in these cool things called books, but now you can look up the parts, numbers, and sections online.If you have access to a hard copy of the CFR like I do, it’s like the worst choose your own adventure book ever. If you ever pick one up you will probably want to put it right back down.