1991 Nissan R32 Type S
Back in 1991, Japan was cranking out the hits. Nissan in particular was riding a wave of momentum with a full slate of sports cars rolling out of their factories. Cars like this R32 Type S Skyline still impress drivers nearly three decades after they were built. This coupe is finished in a classy Red Pearl Metallic (AH3) and offered with a mere 110k verified and documented miles. Aside from a few minor chips and dings, the body is in good shape and this Nissan is fresh off a recent service. Prior repairs in Japan to the passenger side rocker have been noted but structurally this thing is sound as can be. The chassis delivers a more premium ride than you might expect and the 2.0L inline-six that powers this two-door is reliable, efficient, and provides enough power to make daily driving a blast. Legally imported and ready to roll, this eye-catching Series 1 Skyline would make for a stellar weekend cruiser, unique daily commuter, or weekend toy.
Although no thirty year old car is perfect, this condition of the cabin is above average compared to most of the Skyline's we retail. Sure you can nitpick a bit, and there is some wear on the soft leather touch surfaces like the shift boot and steering wheel. Also, the passenger side door card insert could use some new adhesive to make it look closer to perfect. But still, at 25 years of age, this car looks like its not even half a decade old. The dash, normally bubbled and distorted, looks near perfect. Parts prices on dashes like this exceed two grand by themselves. The car is just as it left the factory save for the Sony headunit. The sound quality isn't half bad for its age, but the wail of the straight-six is better in our humble opinion. Power windows, locks, and electric folding mirrors are all standard and work as advertised. The digital climate system is intuitive to use and blasts cold a/c for these raining hot months of summer. Unfortunately, the compressor is on its way out and will intermittently blow its fuse. The seats are trimmed in a soft gray cloth. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears and are comfortable on long hikes. The headliner and carpets have been cared for and lack any major blemishes as well.
The chassis is a real gem and delivers a premium ride and balanced handling. Mounted far back in the engine bay, the RB20DE makes for a decent powerplant. Fresh off an oil and filter service, it starts up promptly and settles into a near vibration-free idle. A new 12v battery was installed in the shop and should provide all the cold cranking amps you need for the next few years. Mated to a close-ratio five-speed gearbox, power is sent to the rear wheels. We would describe the acceleration as brisk, and while it lacks the power of the turbocharged model, you miss it less with a stick shift. The RB breathes a bit better thanks to a new engine air filter, and as long as you aren't dogging this thing, it will deliver some decent MPG. If you are dogging it, it's particularly good through the twisties, and the chassis boasts a particularly balanced weight distribution. This pays dividends when braking and cornering and the factory suspension is composed and can handle the rigors of daily use. OEM 15" alloys are all wrapped in new all-season tires. The new rubber quiets down road noise noticeably and will deliver premium year-round grip for tens of 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.