1990 Nissan Skyline Type M

Sold: $21,995

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When you think about iconic Japanese sports cars, the Skyline normally comes to mind first. As the model now enters its 13th generation, it has been a stalwart in the manufacturer's product range since 1957. This 1990 Japanese Classic is powered by a punchy and smooth 2.0L turbo six and delivers a refined and sporty drive. Finished in a sexy Red Pearl Metallic (AH3), the body is in good shape aside from some light dings and chips associated with normal use. We wanted to note that the left front fender was replaced at some point in Japan but structurally this one has great bones. Fresh off a recent service, this Type M is offered with only 88k verified and documented miles on the chassis. Boasting a few performance upgrades and interior updates this wonderful coupe would make for an ideal daily driver, fun commuter, or weekend cruiser.

Although the R32 has a reputation for being a sports car, the designers also put an emphasis on comfort and convenience. This two-door boasts power windows, locks, and electric mirrors to make daily use manageable. These functions all work, other than the power-folding feature, and the driver also receives an adjustable steering column and a simple to use digital climate system. The A/C blows cold and the OEM audio was ditched for a pricey Nakamichi unit. The quality is decent and the speaker upgrade helps in this regard. Unlike most R32s the dashboard is in good shape and lacks the typical distortion that afflicts these Skylines. The upholstery is in above-average condition and lacks any major rips, stains, or tears. It's soft to the touch and the front buckets are supportive on longer drives. The carpets, door cards, and headliners have resisted major abuse over the years and appear to have been well cared for. We also wanted to note the sunroof no longer power retracts, but it's good for plenty of natural light and seals properly against water intrusion.

The R32 is daily driven by many of our clients, and the balance of power, handling, and refinement is tough to match. This four-seater is powered by an RB20DET straight-six. The 2.0L is fresh off an oil and filter service, and starts up promptly thanks to a new 12v battery. A Trust intake improves the engine sound under acceleration, adds a couple of ponies while the turbo sings a beautiful tune at WOT and the turbo flutter is intoxicating. The RB idles with hardly any vibration, which is one of its best traits. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a slick-shifting automatic gearbox. Acceleration is impressive and sustained highway cruising is stress-free. One of our trained techs has refreshed the suspension with new front tension arms and upper control arms, to boot. The handling is predictable and a rare OEM front strut tower brace ties together the structure of the vehicle even better. The coupe responds quickly to braking inputs and the brakes have been changed out within the last 5000 miles. The OEM alloys have plenty of tread left on the all-season tires and this R32 is turn-key and ready to roll.

*California Residents: In order to register a Grey 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.

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