1989 Nissan Skyline R32 4-Door
Pending Sale: $13,995
Stock Number: 4327
The R32 sedan packs tons of performance, good looks, and room for five. This 1989 Type M four-door boasts a five-speed gearbox mated to a punchy turbo six-cylinder engine and is being offered with only 91K verified miles. Redone at some point in its original hue, Dark Blue Pearl (TH1) the body is in good shape aside from a few fisheyes, and some minor dings associated with normal use. Costing several thousand dollars less than comparable coupe yet with the same feel and performance, the sedan is a killer value.
The interior layout of the R32 is simple, yet has all the creature comforts you need. When you hop behind the wheel, it's apparent that the low beltline and skinny A-pillars give an unobstructed view of the road ahead. At nighttime this is key, and the factory optional projection headlamps do a wonderful job of illuminating the road ahead. The thatched gray seats are comfortable and bolstered in such a way that they aren't digging into your hips. The cloth is still soft, and other than a driver's side bolster tear, they are devoid of any other rips, stains, or holes. Yes, the typical dash bubble is present, and there is some accelerated wear on the driver's armrest but after all, this is a 31-year-old car. On the positive side, the C-pillars are in good shape, unlike most R32 sedan we retail. Long drives can be accomplished in comfort, and the OEM audio system works nicely if you aren't a fan of traveling in silence. Power folding mirrors, locks, and windows round are all functional creature comforts that can be utilized on a daily basis if you need them. A digital climate control system was also standard, providing a quick solution when the cockpit temperature requires an adjustment.
Under the hood, Nissan's 1998cc six-cylinder RB20DET rests ready to start churning out the ponies. A new 12V battery ensures a brisk start up every time and should last the next owner four to five years. Other maintenance performed includes a fresh oil and filter service and a new engine air filter. Sending the power rearward, through a five-speed manual transmission, the GTS-t accelerates well, and the transmission moves through the gears without a hitch or grind. The suspension feels stable, and new front wheel bearings have been installed which have quieted down the drive. The brakes are plenty capable and the power-assisted steering is communicative enough. Sixteen-inch Sibilla Me alloy wheels with brand new all-season tires handle the grip and should last for a while.
As the remaining stock of Skylines dwindles in Japan, this generation is only going to increase in value. Unlike many collector cars, this is one you can drive and enjoy without feeling bad about racking up the miles on. Know for its performance, low cost of ownership, and uniqueness, this 1989 is a sure-fire Japanese Classic!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.