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Originally listed in November 2019 on Craigslist in Eastampton, New Jersey is this right-hand-drive 1989 Nissan Skyline R32 GTR the importer and caretaker for the past eight years is currently offering for $45,000. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide shows the private seller currently has his R32 priced between the #2 “Excellent” level of $54,500 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $37,100.
While we’re not fans of the “Fast and Furious” series, we have great respect for these R32 Skylines for two reasons. First, they truly were technological marvels and the pride of Nissan in the pre-Goshen era when the company made some truly great and quality vehicles. Second, later rear-wheel-drive Skylines were actually rebadged Infiniti G35s in the early 2000s, one of which the author purchased new and drove the heck out of it for 180K miles.
After a long absence dating back to 1973, Nissan introduced the eighth generation R32 Skyline for 1989 when it quickly rocked the performance world. Using the Porsche 959 as inspiration, the basic ingredients were a twin-turbocharged version of the 2.6-liter RB-Series twin-cam straight-six, an advanced electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system, all-wheel steering, multi-link independent suspension, and a 5-speed manual transmission. While the engine was officially rated at 276 horsepower, it was deliberately underrated due to the Japanese industry’s odd “gentlemen’s agreement” not to produce any cars making over 276hp, and the actual figure was well over 300 horses. Examples such as the one presented here are easily tuned to make more in excess of that reliably. These factors combined with its dominance of several Touring Car series across the world earned GT-Rs the nickname “Godzilla” that they have enjoyed ever since. American enthusiasts anxiously awaited 2014 when the 25-year exemption rule allowed these wild rides to finally be imported to the states as the current caretaker appears to have done.
Here is the seller’s complete description:
“1989 Nissan Skyline GTR. I’ve owned the car for 8 years, bought it in Japan, and brought it with me. I have all paper work and it’s fully registered/titled in the states. I have plenty of photos and can provide more upon request. I absolutely love this car and don’t have to sell. I’m moving soon, so I figured i’d offer it up before I left as it’s already titled here w/85,000 miles. If not, it’s coming with me. No problem.
It came from the factory with Nismo options. The car has has been converted to MPH, has no rust, the engine bay has been painted, factory exterior paint, re-cleared, vented fenders painted to match, carbon hood, and I’ve redone the interior with leather. It has all supporting electronics, gages, GPS, launch control, and Data-logging.
Engine: decked/bored, fully forged with 87mm CP Pistons, Manley Rods, R33 long nosed crank (balanced by Jun), WPC treated race main bearings, super tech Spline Drive, N1 oil pump, ARP Head Studs, ARP main Studs, oil cooler, Blitz intercooler, Evolve Radiator, LS alternator, Haltech Elite 2500 ECU, launch control, ported/polished head, Tomei Cams, Twin 300LPH fuel pumps, Borgwarner 8374, Fullrace exhaust manifold, titanium down pipe, and R34 AC compressor much more. Built to handle 32PSI depending on fuel used. Modestly tuned at 22psi on 93 octane with 550hp, 28 PSI on E85 with 682hp.
Everything on the car has been gone through. I’ll provide full build list to serious inquiries. Will come with laundry list of spare and stock parts, fenders, fuel system, charge piping, ECU.”
Based on both the description and pictures provided, you would be buying what appears to be a nicely sorted R32 Sykline that will make you the talk of every Cars & Coffee you drive it to. Good luck with the purchase!
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