1991 Nissan Skyline R32 Coupe
Stock Number: 4729
When it comes to Skyline's the R32 will always be a favorite among enthusiasts. With its legendary styling, lively drive train, and rewarding drive, there's no doubt about why. Over the past decade, the Skyline market has changed significantly. Nearly doubling in value since their legalization; the manual transmission, two-door R32 is hands down the most recognizable and desired variant; especially when you start throwing in some GTR goodies. The hood was replaced in favor of the lightweight aluminum GTR hood which makes quite a noticeable difference both aesthetically and weight-wise. A particularly unique item is the R33 style mesh grille insert which totally changes the look of the front end. It complements the GTR style front bumper and paint matched lip quite well. While the Type-M did come with a factory wing it's been swapped out in favor of the more aggressive GTR one to round out the looks. With so many pieces having been replaced it's safe to say that the car was resprayed in its factory Red Pearl Metallic (AH3) at some point. Subsequently, the paint is in fantastic shape and really does stand out. We sell hundreds of Skylines but the AH3 cars always stand out in the sea of black, gray, and white ones that we typically see. The body is in just as good a condition with all of the lines matching up quite well. While there's always going to be a door ding or two when you're talking about a 29-year-old vehicle it's definitely in above average condition.
The interior has held up well over the years and is simple and straightforward in its design. Nissan did have some quality issues suffice to say, hence the infamous dash bubble that plagues most all R32s at this point. Other than that, the seats, carpets, headliner, and door cards are in good nick; as one would expect seeing as it only has 43K verified miles. The upholstery is still soft to the touch, and the gray cloth buckets are supportive on long drives. Best yet, they lack any major rips, stains, or tears that are so common for cars of this age. The back seats look hardly ever used, though that is pretty common when we're dealing with a proper sports coupe. The interior has had some upgrades to complement the work done to the body. The 3 spoke Momo wheel is a classic touch that fits much better in the hand and looks more fitting. The Razo shift knob is attached to a C's short-throw shifter which is arguably the best one on the market for the R32 and really does clean up the shifts. Since the stock boost gauge is a bit of a joke a mechanical Greddy one was mounted atop the steering column. The main reason for this is the HKS EVC that was custom mounted in the center stack for easy adjustments on the fly. Because of the revised layout, the digital climate control system was removed, however, it appears that the hookup for them is still present. Since this was removed, we obviously couldn't test out the heat and A/C system, though it does appear that all of the components are still present and accounted for. The Kenwood head unit is clearly dated, so it could stand to be upgraded to something a bit more current and feature-laden. You do have all of the typical power accessories though which is nice for day to day use. One-touch driver's window, power-folding mirrors, power locks, and even a power sunroof are all working as they should.
The driveline Nissan utilized made sense as it was a good combination of reliability, power, and efficiency. The 2.0L RB20DET sits under the bonnet and is fresh off an oil and filter service. The straight-six starts up quickly with a twist of the key thanks to a new battery and breaths easier thanks to its HKS open air intake. An HKS catback exhaust gives the little RB a bit of a throatier burble and adds a bit of panache to the sporty exterior styling. Acceleration is brisk and the powerband remains linear all the way through the rev range. The turbocharger makes itself known thanks to the giant HKS Super SQV blow off valve. The 5-speed manual shifts slickly enough, lacking any hitches or grinds, and easily sends power to the rear wheels. The brakes are confident and the suspension feels planted and does a good job sorting out all the bumps. Being that it's still the stock suspension it's comfortable enough for daily use but still inspires confidence when the road gets twisty. Our trained techs have also replaced the front upper control arms as well, so that's one less thing to worry about down the road. The same goes for the new serpentine belts that were replaced while they were under the hood. With only 43K verified miles this '91 is only just getting warmed up. For those of us that don't want the added upkeep of the RB26 this GTS-t is the best of both worlds. All the right looks with the robust RB20 drive train, all running through a proper 5-speed manual; what more could you ask for?
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