1990 Nissan Skyline R32
Available for: $12,495
Finding clean, unmolested R32 generation Nissan Skylines is becoming extremely difficult in Japan. This subtle sedan ticks all of the important boxes; timeless styling, rugged durability, room for four, and rear-wheel-drive performance. Our 1990 has been well cared for over the years, and it's apparent when you comb over the fine details. Finished in one of the most desirable colors, Crystal White (326,) the largely original paint has been buffed back to life, and the body panels have been kept up equally well; no notable dents, scratches, or scuffs are present. With only 39K verified miles on this Type M, its a special car. It's measured the balance of performance and originality make this a great example to own, and it would make for an ideal daily driver.
The interior has been nicely maintained and shows little signs of wear. The usual bolster wear in the seats, dash bubble, and delamination in the C-pillar are nonexistent. The air conditioning blows cold and the digital climate systems work properly. Both the seats and carpeting are free of any notable spills or stains and the gray thatching compliments the white exterior nicely. The rear passenger seats look rarely used and provides enough room for a day trip. Bolstering is still decent, and the front occupants have a number of seating adjustments to ensure optimal comfort. The R32 had several power amenities standard such as windows, mirrors, and door locks, all of which are in good working order. Even the electric power-folding exterior mirror function still works. The dash is free of cracks as is the driver's bezel, and nighttime illumination in helpful, yet unobtrusive. Outside the vehicle, the factory projectors do a fine job of keeping the roadways lit.
Under the hood is the fire breathing, yet dependable, RB20DET straight-six. Thanks to a newly installed 12V battery this 2.0L fires up quickly and pulls strong to redline. The automatic transmission is surprisingly snappy and rips off some quick shifts when the accelerator is depressed. The whir of the turbo and the inline-six soundtrack is subtle, and if you wish to accessorize, the R32 has a vast aftermarket. The brakes feel assured, and the suspension is completely factory, with the exception of a front strut tower brace, produced by Cusco. This platform stays flat in the twisties and feels more than capable if you road surfaces are less than ideal. The steering feels tight and nicely weighted and translates road feel well to the pilot. With a set of fresh plugs, and a recent oil and filter service, this GTS-T is ready for the open tarmac.
A jack of all trades, this 1990 is ready to find a new home. Its sporty drive, roomy interior, low cost of ownership, and understated uniqueness make this an instant, turn-key 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.