1990 Nissan R32 Sedan
The Nissan Skyline is perhaps the most iconic vehicle we import, and this 1990 GTS is a clean, low mileage example. Sedans like this Series 1 are desirable for the angular, sporty styling, durability, balanced handling, and communicative platform. Offered with a remarkable 50k verified miles, this five seater is finished in one of the rarest and most desirable hues, Dark Blue Pearl (TH1). Adorned by a rare, and functional, active front GT auto spoiler, the paint and body are in good shape aside from some light dings and chips associated with normal use. Recently serviced and nicely appointed, this wonderful JDM sedan would make for a fun daily driver or weekend cruiser. For those who enjoy a proper, manual transmission equipped, rear-drive drivers car, this special R32 would make for a unique and affordable Japanese Classic.
The cabin is spacious, and includes a few power options that make daily use convenient. Those start with electric folding side mirrors, electric windows and locks, which all work as advertised. Passengers can enjoy long hauls in comfort as an upgraded Kenwood headunit was installed in Japan at some point. The audio quality is decent for a car of this age although we frankly prefer the sweet song of the 2.0L RB. The R32 was never known for their interior build quality and this example does have some of the common issues associated with normal use. The dash has some light distortion around the vents and the typical passenger side bubble. The good news is that the digital climate control system is in good working order, and the cabin has heat for winter and A/C, too. The gray cloth seats are supportive and lack any major rips, stains, or tears. They are durable too, however, like the carpets, there is some light staining to note. The door cards are done in a matching material. They are clean but do have some spots of delamination and could be reupholstered. The headliner is snug against the roof, and hasn't been abused, although the driver armrest has seen better days. Still, this Skyline would be a really good daily, and lacks any squeaks and rattles which we cant say too often about these.
Unlike modern cars, the mechanicals are simple and reliable. The lack of electronics makes for an easier service experience, and on these R32s there is little need to source parts from Japan. Under the bonnet sits a silky smooth 2.0L engine. The RB20E is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up promptly thanks to a new 12v battery. The power plant also benefits from a professionally rebuilt ECU with a lifetime warranty. The small-displacement six idles with hardly any vibration and comes with a full set of new serpentine belts. The RB is connected to a close ratio, five-speed manual gearbox. Originally sold as an automatic, the auto gearbox had some issues with hesitation and was promptly yanked for a manual one. As you'd expect we installed a new clutch, which will save the next owner some shekels on an expensive maintenance item. A brand new flywheel was installed, too. Torque is fed to the rear wheels, and the Skyline is plenty peppy when you get on the throttle. It can sustain highway speeds and safely accelerate to merging safely. The handling is composed and the sedan rides on factory dampers. The brakes are tight as a drum and one of our trained techs has performed a brake job with new rotors and pads on the front axle. The steering is power-assisted and on point, and the stock alloys are all shod with new tires. The all-season rubber filters out a fair amount of road noise and will deliver tens of thousands of miles of premium, year-round grip to come.
*California Residents: In order to register a Gray Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.