Owner: Marquis Kenney
Location: Troutdale, Oregon
Found on: Craigslist
Purchase price: $13,000
Years owned: One
The right-hand drive is always the first thing people notice. In Japan, where the car was made, you drive on the left side of the road. Here, the positioning makes it tough to stay in your lane. Everyone else drives near the yellow line while I'm out on the edge of the road. It's also stick, so I have to shift with my left hand, but that only took about 20 minutes to get used to. By the time I drove it back from Washington, where I bought it from a guy who bought it from a guy in Canada who imported it from Japan, I figured it out. The steering wheel aside, it doesn't drive like a normal car. The suspension is stiff, you're always getting boost from the turbo, and the steering is tight. It just feels like a race car, definitely the coolest thing in my high school's parking lot.
The 25-Year Rule
As long as the vehicle is more than 25 years old, you can import it from another country to the U.S., and legally drive it. Even if the steering wheel is on the other side.
This story appears in the November 2017 issue of Seniorhelpline.