1989 Nissan Skyline Coupe
1989 Marked the first year of Nissan's famed R32, and 29 years later it's iconic bodywork is still instantly recognizable. Being the Type-M means it was fitted with the more aggressive front bumper and rear wing. Finished in Nissan's trademark Black Pearl Metallic (732) really stands out in the sun. The pearl makes for a very subtle glimmer when you catch the lighting right. With only 61K verified miles the paint shows particularly well. The same can be said about the bodywork; with all of it's body gaps lining up properly. There are some routine little door dings and minor imperfections that are to be expected with any car that's being driven, however nothing out of the ordinary to note. Even the undercarriage is in excellent shape which is always a great sign. The signature 5 spoke wheels are a timeless design that accent the stock lines well. The wheels are in good shape however do have some blemishes. Finding a clean, stock body, R32 has become a challenge which makes this one an even more desirable setup.
The interior tells the same story as the bodywork does. The gray cloth interior shows exceptionally well, devoid of any rips or stains. The driver side bolster does have some wear from getting in and out, but has not separated or begun to fray. The passenger and rear seats have held up even better, as have the carpets and headliner. This one does have the optional sunroof which helps open up the cabin. The venting feature is working properly which is great seeing as most are completely inoperable or sealed permanently shut. The only changup that's been made from the factory is the Carrozzeria single din which does have some added features, however could easily be replaced with a more US friendly unit. The R32 had several power amenities standard such as window, mirrors, and door locks, all of which are in good working order. I'm also pleased to report that the infamous dash bubble is not present which plagues most all Skylines.
Under the hood is the legendary RB20DET. The two liter straight six packs quite a punch while remaining notoriously durable. The automatic transmission does an especially good job for daily duty; building up gobs of usable torque with selectable modes. The transmission runs through the gears without hesitation making the automatic actually quicker than the 5 speed equipped cars. These are also ideal for those of us that have to deal with higher traffic areas on the regular. The RB fires right up and quietly hums along. An untouched drivetrain is a rarity these days, making it a bit of a blank canvas. Paired with the factory suspension makes for a great ride that's still very capable on more spirited runs. In order to keep everything in smooth running order for it's next owner we've gone over the car completely and brought all the maintenance up to date. The major service of the timing belt and water pump were taken care of, along with a routine oil change, a set of new rear pads, as well as two new tires. That way this R32 is ready to start daily duties as soon as you are. Due to the desirability and cult status of the Skyline, most examples have been modified and driven spiritedly. However this particular one has been left alone, completely stock and unmolested which is a hard claim to make these days. The automatic R32 is the ideal daily driver with it's superior power delivery, adjustable controls, and overall ease of use you really can't beat it!
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