Two Brazilian men and Japanese wife of one of the two who were pregnant at the time were arrested in Kanagawa prefecture for stealing 2001 Toyota Chaser worth$12,000. In Kanagawa, more than 40 Japanese sports cars, mainly Skyline GTRs which ended its productions over 25 years ago, were stolen from last July to December. According to Police, there is “25 years rule” in USA and they are investigating whether these cases are related to it.
I have been living in Japan since I was born but I’ve stared to hear/read this kind of news recently. Of course, cars have been stolen since a long time ago but I’ve never heard/read those this frequently. Over 5 years ago, main targets were Toyota Hiace van and Land Cruise and those were shipped to Africa, Middle East, Southeast Asia. These few years, however, 90’s Japanese sports cars thefts have been increasing. Some says it is related to 25 year rule.
A lot of skylines with right hand drive. Some of them even has Japanese license plate and vehicle inspection seal that should be removed before shipping to overseas. I am not a Facebook user but according to the link above, the shop changed the name of Facebook page and deleted the pics of Japanese sports cars after they had been featured in Japan.
Do you think it is related to 25 years rule?
I just feel sorry for the original owners. Please take good care of your car when you buy Japanese sports car, especially skyline GTRs, with right hand drive.