1989 Nissan Skyline GTR
Stock Number: 4219
The GTR needs no introduction. One of the greatest cars to ever come out of the Nissan factory, let alone once you start adding the proper aftermarket pieces. 1989 was the first year of the R32 and it made headlines both on and off the track. Our first-generation model was finished in arguably the best color of them all; Gun Gray Metallic (KH2.) The paint shows exceptionally well which leads us to believe that it was resprayed at some point in time. Overall the color looks fantastic and is free of any stone chips or clearcoat issues. Much the same can be said about the stock body, barring a door ding or two there's nothing of real concern to note. There have been a few subtle tweaks made to the exterior like the HKS Kansai side view mirror glass. The OEM N1 hood spoiler was added above the GTR's signature grill, and unlike many, it doesn't seem to have the waviness that many aftermarket ones tend to show. Continuing the theme a set of OEM N1 Headlights were also added. A full carbon fiber factory styled front lip adds an aggressive look, yet in a very subtle way. Until you're right up on it most don't even realize that it's not body-colored. Due to the Tien coilovers lowering the ride height the front lip has a few knicks. The clear coat is free of any spiderwebs from impact, however, there are some noticeable scuffs to the bottom half of it. While the stock wheels are good, the bronze 17" Volk TE-37s is an absolutely better choice. The color contrast on the iconic style really compliments the body color while adding a bit of performance to boot.
Godzilla's interior has been kept up with just as well as the body and is also sporting a few choice upgrades. A classic Momo Corse wheel replaces the chunky stock one and feels more fitting in the hand. Surprisingly the stock shift knob is in great shape and really pairs well with the Momo. A more fitting Impul 300 km/h gauge cluster with full LED backlighting replaces the stock 180 km/h. The Impul cluster reads 55K miles, however, due to the obvious switch out the true mileage cannot be verified. The factory center console gauge pod was retained but upgraded with a classic set of HKS boost, oil, and water temp gauges. For full control, an A'PEXi Power FC was installed and the commander sits to the left of the center console to keep it out of the way, yet always within arms reach. In order to help stiffen up the chassis, Veilside strut tower braces were added front and rear in conjunction with a Do-Luck floor bar that makes a noticeable difference. While the entire car has been upgraded, it still retains most of its factory styling. Original GTR seats are in fantastic condition, a dash with hardly any bubble issues, it even has cold A/C. All of the factory options are present and functioning properly. All of the carpets and trim pieces have been well preserved, free of any tears or stains you would expect to find in a 30 year old vehicle.
While all of the surface level items look great, it's what's under the hood that really matters. Those with a keen eye will immediately notice that while still an RB26DETT, this particular one used to be in an R34 GTR. While fundamentally the same, the newer RB was improved with items like upgraded steel turbos. While factory rated the same as the R32's RB26 we all know that the number is really a good bit higher in stock trim. Of course stock is boring, hence the upgrades like the high-quality Greddy suction kit or the Top Secret air/oil separator. While were all after performance, some of the upgrades are also designed for longevity. A massive HKS front mounter intercooler not only caps off the looks of the front end but provides gobs of cool air to the turbos. The same can be said for the Trust oil cooler and GREX oil filter relocation and SARD radiator. HKS cams make use of the Power FC's tuning and generate a powerful punch in throttle response. To make sure the RB could breathe properly, on the back end is a full Fujitsubo turbo back exhaust that sounds wicked. Of course, speed is good, but you need to be able to handle it properly. An upgraded twin-disc clutch sends the power to all four wheels with ease. Cusco rear upper control arms and front traction arms assist the Tein coilovers in keeping the car flat when the road gets twisty. And to bring everything to a stop upgraded VSPEC II Brembo brakes are more than capable of reeling this beast in. With its timeless good looks and sublime mix of power, control, and comfort there's really no wonder why these cars have become a thing of legend. While we've sold more than our fair share of GTR's over the years, it's safe to say this may be the best one we've had to date. Don't let this one pass you bye.
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