1990 Skyline GTS Type-S

Sold: $14,495

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Stock Number: 4728

Very few vehicles catch the imagination of the car enthusiast like the legendary line of Skylines. They are highly collectible, fun to drive, and ooze '90s Japanese reliability. This 1990 R32 GTS coupe looks stunning in Super White (326.) Lightly modified, this clean example boasts a mere 82K verified miles and features a silky smooth naturally aspirated inline-six, rear-wheel-drive, and a five-speed manual. The body is in good shape other than some minor dings and scuffs associated with normal use and features the OEM side skirts and rear spats. Recently serviced and legally imported, this Type-S would make a great daily driver or a clean slate to modify as a track day toy. 

The interior was never a strong suit of these machines, but this 1990 is in above average shape. Most examples imported these days have badly distorted dashboards and torn seats. This one, in particular, is in the above-average nick with the dash lacking any major distortion or cracks. Even the factory service manuals are included, and rarely working equipment such as power-folding mirrors, power locks, and power windows are all currently working. The only cabin upgrades come in the form of a newer Kenwood head unit with auxiliary input. The speaker clarity is decent and the interior is relatively well insulated from road noise. Digital climate control is standard and the system is simple to use and intuitive. The gray cloth seats are still soft to the touch and comfortable on long drives. They are bolstered for decent support and would be good for daily use, and lack any major rips, stains, or tears. The headliner, door cards, and carpet are in average condition, and the trunk still has its factory spare tire!

The mechanicals are a bit more refined than you might expect for a car that is constantly labeled a sportscar. The Skyline is more than that, and the model gives a more upscale driving experience than the 180SX and Silvia models. Starting with the powerplant, Nissan chose to stick with a straight-six rather than a four-cylinder. It pays dividends, and when it churns to life, the cabin doesn't shake and vibrate due to the engine's inherent perfect balance. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the RB20DE fires up quickly thanks to a new 12V battery. It sounds throaty thanks to a polished APEX'i Megaphone Dunk exhaust, its only performance modification. Mated to a five-speed transmission, power is sent rearward to the drive wheels and acceleration is more than acceptable. The stickshift makes all the use of the powerband and lacks any hitches or grinds. The gearing is such that sustained highway cruising is stress-free and this engine delivers impressive fuel economy. The near 50/50 weight distribution delivers balanced handling, and the Skyline can handle the rigors of daily use as it relates to the potholes commonly found dotting the pavement of cities and towns across the USA. The brakes feel assured and power steering is standard and does a swell job of delivering feedback. The factory alloys are all wrapped in new all-season rubber and will be able to deliver year-round performance. They are also quiet and properly load rated, not needing changing for thousands of miles to come.

*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.

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