1991 Nissan Skyline GTR
Pending Sale: $31,995
Stock Number: 4417
The first iteration of Nissan's all-wheel-drive GT-R debut in 1989 and set the world ablaze with its astounding performance and relatively affordable pricing. Nicknamed Godzilla, this one-owner 1991 Skyline is finished in a stately Black Pearl Metallic (732) and is lightly modified for those who want a bit more panache over a stock example. The body is in good shape other than some minor dings, scuffs, and scratches associated with your normal use. Reconditioned to drive as it did from the factory, this turbocharged coupe would be a great daily driver, weekend toy, or track car.
The GT-R shares much of its interior with other Skyline models, so parts are readily available and fairly inexpensive. While not the high point of the design, the GT-R has tons of power amenities as well as some important performance improvements added in Japan. For starters, the dash is in good shape and only has a minor bubble to note. A Nardi leather-wrapped steering wheel compliments the weighted metal shift knob. The GT-R model included a gauge suite in the center stack, but a rare and prized HKS electronics auxiliary glovebox gauge cluster is there for additional monitoring of the vitals. The interior controls are all located ergonomically, and the controls are all easy to read and distinguish. The hawkeyed readers will notice the Veilside 340 km/ph cluster; it reads 51K miles but as its not the original unit we could verify the mileage. The headliner is in great shape, and the door cards only note minor delamination. The seats are aggressively bolstered enough that you don't slosh around much is the twisties, but are also comfortable for long drives. The blue and gray cloth is still soft to the touch and there are no major rips stains or tears to note. The power-folding mirrors are still functional and are complimented by power locks and windows. The digital climate system works as it should, although the audio system is no longer operational.
Mechanically, the GT-R is more sophisticated than its rear-drive sibling. The venerable RB26DETT powers this Skyline, and makes so much more low end than its 2.0L RB. Featuring two turbochargers and over half a liter larger displacement, the engine fires up with the help of a freshly installed 12V battery. A semi-synthetic oil service ensures that the motor is properly lubricated and needn't be serviced for another 3,000 miles. The intake and exhaust notes are fantastic, and a deep baritone bark emits from the Kakimoto polished exhaust. And those HKS Super Blow Off Valves deliver the distinct chirp every time you lift off the throttle. The massive ARC front mount intercooler ensures plenty of cold air for those turbos to spool. Acceleration is brisk, and the five-speed manual notches through the gears without a grind. The clutch and steering feel are rather heavy as this is a driver's car, and they both communicate well with the pilot. Two new rear struts have been installed by one of our trained technicians to freshen the handling up a bit. Power is sent through a transfer case to all four wheels, and grip is plentiful. The lightweight, gray forged alloy wheels all have new rubber-mounted and balanced at all four corners.
Perhaps one of the most collectible and iconic exports from Japan, you won't want to miss out on the one of a kind Japanese Classic.
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