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So after doing some research the whole Motorex scandal. It has made me wonder, it has been said by Sean Morris an ex employee of Motorex, now the founder of Toprank Importers that there were 34~R32's, 62~R33's and 15~R34's. Does anyone know of any lost Motorex Skylines? Which maybe never got registered, or got stuck at port or anything along them lines.

It would be very cool and interesting to know about any lost Motorex Skylines.
 

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Ah right I see. I also remember seeing these pics with the Nür. But IIRC the Nür didn’t get a bond release right? I do not know what happened after that.
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The chassis numbers of the confirmed stolen cars around the time of motorex falling apart are the following:
BNR34-403075 (Nür)
BNR34-400755 (Series 2 Non Vspec)
BNR34-005468* (Blue Vspec)
ECR33-027470 (blue GTS)
BCNR33-001603 (silver GTR Vspec)
BCNR33-041616. (97’ Series 3 Vspec)

Im not too sure about the GTS being found as I can’t find any pictures of it anywhere, BUT I can confirm that car was Federalized. The paperwork for BNR34-005468 had been filed in 2002 & was a motorex R&D/OBD2 test car, so that car was already long approved. BCNR33-001603 was an end release car. BCNR33-041616, BNR34-400755 & BNR34-403075 were all (probably) found too late and didn’t get Bond releases as the NHTSA could not have known the whereabouts of those cars or the state of compliance they were in.
Ah Right I see. Shame the rest didn’t get a bond release, I wonder if they’re destroyed or in storage etc. I assume they’re not around publicly otherwise I’m sure we all would have known.
 

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Actually, the opposite is true. While I cannot confirm the status of BNR34-400755 (as I’ve never been able to find photos of it) that car could be anywhere in the world. However, BNR34-403075 & BCNR33-041616 are still in the US and are still very much driven on the streets.

Actually, I know exactly where that Vspec II Nür car is. Around the time of the pandemic starting, that car was sold from its previous owners who had it for the longest time. It unsurprisingly went to Florida. BCNR33-041616, also went to Florida. A friend of mine got into an argument with one of the previous owners of the Nür car on FaceBook about its legality & other things.

The guy made claims the car was fed legal, but I personally verified that it wasn’t. The guy was reluctant to throw the chassis number out there. Thing is, If you’re tossing around claims a car is Federalized with all the proper paperwork &(or) conformity modifications, Then you should have NO issues divulging chassis #/Vin info, It’s that simple.
Oh so the Nür is still around? I remember the story with that car.
He should know it’s not Fed Legal, I don’t know why he’s arguing with it
 

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He’s probably referring to the cars brought in under Show & Display Exemption, Motorex imported ZERO Midnight purple R34 GTRs. They did bring in half a dozen MNP1 R33 GTRs, but that’s it. The R34 GTR they federalized were the commonly Optioned colors. Pearl White, Black Pearl, Bayside Blue, Athlete Silver, Sonic Silver, etc… They comprised of mainly series 1 Vspec cars with a few S1 & S2 Non-Vspec cars & a couple Vspec II, only one Nür car. They could have done Mspec cars, or more nurs, or other rare examples, but it just never happened. Hell, according to Sean Morris, Motorex almost bought all the original remaining HKS ZERO-R R32 GTR off of HKS Japan, but the deal never went thru because those cars were still considered “too ugly and expensive at the time”. Landed & legalized the pricing they offered on R34’s were anywhere from $78,000-$112,000 USD. (Varying on mileage, condition)
Ahh right, I was going to say never heard of a Motorex MP R34 GTR. Surprised no one would have picked that colour when they were purchasing one through Motorex. It's actually fortunate they didn't bring M-Spec or Nur's in. As if people found out how they're the "top of the line" R34 GTR's they would be more on the car thieves radars than any other car. If they bought all the Zero-R's they would have been even more rich wow! The price is quite shocking to see, I mean the car was what around $40-50k depending if it was a Nur or not. They must've been making big money!
 

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On paper it sounded good, But the opposite was true. Money was always getting moved around. Between Importation costs, EPA testing & compliance, NHTSA compliance, & all the other damn federal agencies they had to comply with. Hiro also seemed like he was spending more money than he had. According to Sean and a few others, Motorex only moved 2-3 cars a month in their first couple years. Even when the program started to gain traction, Not many cars were federalized/sold. 120 MotoRex cars (give or take) in 7 years of operation isnt a lot in the grand scheme of things, I remember Sean saying on a podcast with Donut Media, that TopRank USA HAS to sell Atleast 120 cars a year to stay afloat, for reasons I’ll probably never figure out; it was stated that MotoRex didn’t even intend to sell as many R34’s as they did. But yeah, if someone really wanted to buy a skyline in those colors or specs, MotoRex coulda done it, just never happened. (That anyone knows of that is, very unlikely though)

Regarding people discovering the cars, MotoRex & Craig Lieberman unintentionally played a big role in that (with the use of Blackbird & 4 stunt GTRs in 2Fast 2Furious) But Gran Turismo, NFS & Midnight club were out before those movies & all included the R34 GTR, I believe street racing syndicate (I think it was called) Included the Mspec R34. Plus those games arguably had a bigger influence in the cars popularity: me personally? I discovered GTRs through 2Fast. I’m kinda obsessed with the blackbird GTR
Ah yes I remember listening to that podcast, was quite interesting!
They could have moved more cars if Hiro wasn’t blowing money on them bars as well as just partying 24/7.
Wonder where Hiro is now, wasn’t he arrested or something? I can’t even remember.

The Blackbird is quite a cool R34 GTR. Even though the 2Fast livery is iconic, i feel like black looks just as good
 

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As far as I’m aware, Hiro got arrested and deported back to Japan. Contrary to popular belief, there were NO yakuza ties to MotoRex. But I wouldn’t deny there are a bunch of people who want him dead, (or to beat him up) because he took ALOT of peoples money and never provided cars. Read an account (not sure if it was credible or not) but allegedly a guy put down a $90,000 deposit on an R34 from MotoRex & never got the car. Or money back:

he’s probably still out there somewhere, just with a different name/identity. I don’t think we’ll ever hear any updates on him. His life probably depends
On secrecy now. Thing is, I bet he knows the exact number of motorex cars. Or at the very least; the R34 GTRs that went in thru the program.
I also think he’s still out there just in hiding from people so he doesn’t get into shit haha.
He’ll stay anonymous for the rest of his life id assume unless he comes out and does interviews which i doubt!
 

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I have been trying to find more information on a USA V-Spec II that I saw back in June of 2009. It looks like it might be one of the two shown in your pictures. Photos are from 6/10/2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. These were taken on an iPhone 3g, so excuse the poor quality. Things of note: poor fitment at front of hood, many flaws in the paint on the front bumper, stock looking interior, lack of rear window wiper (covered by a cap with an indistinguishable logo), aftermarket wing, exhaust tip shape, remnants of the same Osaka bumper sticker as on the Nür but it's only badged as a regular V-Spec II.
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It could be one of these. One was a Nür one was a base V-Spec II. But I believe the guy who bought the Normal V-Spec II wanted to buy the Nür instead when it had been released and I think he sold the V-Spec II to Paul Walker and kept the Nür for himself. So it might’ve been this!
 

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I never worked at MotoRex, or had anything to do with it! I was born in May of 2002! My interest in Skylines (or tuner cars as a whole) started back in the 5th grade, after watching the first two Fast & Furious films! Back then I thought the yellow R33 was a SN95 Ford Mustang xD (because I was a dumb kid & thought the front ends looked very similar, haha) Anyway,

It was the use of Craig’s old Blackbird in 2Fast that got me into Skylines. In 8th grade, I really started learning about our (U.S) import laws and was disappointed that we legally couldn’t have skylines in the US before the 25 year mark.

That was until I came across a YouTube Channel called “Danox574” Who had a whole series a videos dedicated to showing off the quirks and features of his 1999 Motorex R34 GT-R Vspec in Bayside Blue: In one video he went in depth on its legality & how the car got here.

After that, I became hooked on the subject. I Met a lot of cool people, owners of these motorex cars & had the chance to even see Two original Motorex imports in person! A 96’ R33 LM Vspec, & a white 94’ Vspec II R32, which the owner was kind enough to let me sit in!

I started the registry of these cars for a few reasons. With how the program started, then fell, all the cars have a story to tell. From being owned by celebrities, to being badly damaged then repaired, being stolen, being garage kept in almost brand new condition, etc… I wanted to aid potential buyers with piecing together the stories the cars have.

I got in contact with Mark, of GTR registry, about 3 years ago; asking if he happened to know the chassis number to Paul Walkers White VspecII BNR34, he didn’t at the time but he expressed interest in adding a motorex registry to his site & went from there!

It’s been a very interesting experience! I actively look for the remaining missing cars, there are still a few unverified ones out there!

(Top photo is of me in the white Motorex R32, taken by the owner in October 2020. I’ve put a lot more weight on since then, haha) The photo of Blackbird was probably taken By Sean Morris, & the photo of the LM car was taken by me!
Ahh right! I was just curious seeing as how you had so much knowledge on these cars. I'd love to help with anything to do with these cars. (Even though I am from the UK). Still I find anything to do with Skylines really interesting!
 
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