1989 Nissan Skyline R32 Type-M
Stock Number: 4142
I don't think Nissan realized just how much impact it would have on the automotive world when they debuted the new and improved R32 Skyline back in 1989. While the Skyline name has been around since 1957, they were never anything quite like this. Fast forward 30 years of technological advancements and we're still here raving over the R32. Out of the gate, these cars looked great, however, that doesn't mean there isn't always room for some improvement. Already finished in a hard to find color, Cherry Red Pearl (AH3) it's undergone the full aero treatment. More Collage aero by First Molding for the BNR32 was added giving this GTS-t a really aggressive look. With the nature of FRP it's not 100% as accurate fitting as the original factory bumpers, but it's pretty spot on. They're even free of the spiderwebbing or cracking that happens from impacts. It's evident that the car was repainted when the kit was added, which subsequently means the paint looks fantastic. There are hardly any blemishes to note from its 68K verified mile lifetime. The body looks just as good with hardly any door dings or routine spots of the sort. Since the factory wheels would look out of place more period correct 16" Enkei Racing wheels were fitted.
The interior has been left mostly unchanged from the factory giving a very authentic feel. The gray cloth shows exceptionally well, devoid of any serious rips or stains. The driver's side bolster has even survived the years without suffering the common crinkling or tears from getting in and out that we see so frequently. Both the passenger and rear seats are in similar, if not better, shape along with the carpets and headliner. The cockpit is driver-oriented, and the ergonomics are great in this model. The controls are all at hand and clearly labeled. The factory power accessories are working as they should; the windows, power mirrors, and power locks are functional. The automatic climate control is functioning with winter fast approaching. The one thing Nissan is not known for is dash material quality. With the S13 being notorious for dash cracks and the R32 for its bubble this one has seen better days. While the bubble is pretty comparable to most 32's there is some cracking at the top of the dash from sun damage. However, the rest of the panels are in good shape and free of any discoloration or sagging. Also mounted against the transmission tunnel is an Apex'i AFC.
The RB20DET engine is an excellent and reliable power plant with proven results. The engine bay has been left largely untouched which is surprising in this day and age. It has had a little bit of help by means of an A'pexi intake along with a Fujitsubo catback exhaust. Since the stock system is rather restrictive and kills all of the signature sounds of the I-6 a Fujitsubo cat-back opens things up without being overbearing. Coming in with only 68K verified miles this tried and true workhorse is only just getting broken in. With its abundance of parts availability and power potential, this motor has been a pillar in Nissan's lineup over the years. Of course, our techs have gone over it, to begin with, to make sure you won't need to go down that route anytime soon. We did an overhaul on the fuel system, a new upper control arm, four fresh tires, and a standard oil change. The turbocharger feels punchy and paired with that intake sounds fantastic. The vehicle effortlessly accelerated up to speed. The manual rows through all the gears without a hesitation or a hitch. Factory suspension provides plenty of ground clearance to help compensate for how low the front bumper sits. The brakes do a quality job of slowing the well-balanced R32 down to manageable speeds, and the steering is equally communicative. Whether looking for your next project build or a daily driver you really can't go wrong with the R32. Between its iconic styling, power potential, and overall exceptional drive, this car really can do it all!
*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.