1991 Nissan Skyline GTS-t Coupe

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Stock Number: 4228

The R32 generation Skyline is rapidly appreciating in value. In the next few years, prices are likely to skyrocket, due to heavy demand stateside and dwindling supply in Japan. Quality examples are becoming increasingly challenging to find, and they aren't building new ones. With its timeless styling, durable drivetrain, and rewarding drive, this 1991 Skyline is a real Japanese classic. At only 77K verified miles, this coupe is finished Black Pearl Metallic (732) which is among the most desirable colors, not to mention one of the best looking. The paint shows well for its age, sans the normal wear, bumper scuffs, chips, and small dings to be expected on a quarter-century old car. Subtly updated with an aluminum GT-R hood and grill, this manual transmission, rear-drive Nissan is a proper example of a modern sports car.

Known for its simplicity, the interior of the Skyline allows the pilot to focus on the tarmac ahead. Many of the power amenities we enjoy today were standard from the factory even twenty eight years ago. From the adjustable column to the power windows, locks and mirrors all work as they should. The gauges provide decent illumination for nighttime driving, and all of the necessary controls are at hand. The seats, which are trimmed in a soft, gray cloth are in above average condition. While still supportive, the cloth lacks any of the typical tears and discoloration you see on vehicles half its age. Where water leaks might be a concern, this two-door doesn't have the optional sunroof, which lowers its center of gravity and reduces noise and water intrusion. The headliner is still taut, and largely unblemished. The dashboard, which is typically distorted, is in great shape and lacks the common bubble. Ther automatic climate control system is working, and cold air conditioning decreases in-cabin temperatures. OEM rain guards also aid the occupants with less obtrusive ventilation when at speed. It is advisable the new owner install a US-spec head unit, but the straight-six turbo sounds fine for a soundtrack if you ask us.

The second most desirable drivetrain to the GT-R, the GTS-t features a rugged, yet smooth 2.0L straight-six. The RB20DET has an impressive, linear powerband, and mates nicely with the 5-speed manual factory gearbox. The motor benefits from the most expensive maintenance service, a fresh timing belt, and a water pump. The starter cranks over the RB easily thanks to a newly installed 12V battery. The small displacement and layout make for a distinct thrum, which has been improved by a polished Fujitsubo Catback. The turbocharger feels punchy and paired to a new air filter, sounds fantastic. The vehicle effortlessly accelerated up to speed. The manual rows through all the gears without a hesitation or a hitch. Factory suspension provides plenty of ground clearance and insulated the cabin against large road imperfections. The brakes do a decent job of slowing the well-balanced R32 down to manageable speeds, and the steering is equally communicative. Grip comes from four new all-season tires, which provide adequate grip in the wet or dry.

The next chapter in this R32 life is going to be exciting. Up to date on all the services, and complete with the most desirable drivetrain, this R32 is an instant Japanese Classics.

*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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