1993 Nissan Skyline GTS 60th Anniversary
Stock Number: 4828
The R32 Skyline is one of the best driving cars to come out of the '90s and surprisingly still rings true today. These are hands down our most popular vehicle that we sell here and for good reason. Abundant power on tap, running to the proper wheels, paired with 3 pedals, just the way a proper sports car should be. While fundamentally the same as the regular GTS the 60th did sport a few subtle changes. Similar to the full Type M aero the front end is more aggressive than your standard R32. Factory fogs are a nice touch that all adds some additional functionality when the weather turns sour. The rear wing was slightly revised to sit a little bit lower than the standard M's giving a bit sleeker profile. Finished in a classic Black Pearl Metallic (732), the body is in good shape other than some minor door dings, and clear coat scuffs associated with normal use. With only 89K verified miles that comes as little surprise. A set of adjustable Cusco coilovers get the car down to a more acceptable ride height and also helps to tidy up the handling. The 16" Manaray Sport EuroBein 7 spoke wheels wrapped in fresh rubber add a nice bit of flair without looking out of place.
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, but the infamous dash bubble is quite small on this particular example. Other than that, the seats, carpets, headliner, and door cards are in good nick. The upholstery is still soft to the touch, and the gray cloth buckets are supportive on long drives. The seats and door cards on the 60th Anniversary edition are slightly revised, much like the bodywork, which gives the interior a bit of a refresh. The two-tone gray cloth seats were part of the Anniversary trim package and add a nice little twist to the typical Skyline interior. The two-tone interior is nicer than what you'd get out of your standard R32 and the door panels have a matching insert so everything can tie together nicely. Free from any notable stains, tears, or seam separation we really don't have anything to complain about with this one. The factory seats offer a surprising amount of bolstering to keep you in place without feeling like you're wedged in there. While they weren't designed to be grand tourers, they're plenty comfy on longer drives. The same can be said about the fact it still has its original 3 spoke wheel. Normally those are ditched in favor of something aftermarket like a Momo or Nardi. The radio has been removed at some point, though it wouldn't have much use stateside in the first place. It does look like everything is in place, so all you'll need is a US radio and an early 90's Nissan adapter for everything to get back to normal. The cockpit is driver-oriented, and the ergonomics are great in this model. The controls are all at hand and clearly labeled. Naturally, these had all the powered accessories of the time; power-folding mirrors, windows, door locks, and digital climate control. All of these creature comforts help to elevate the very purpose-driven interior. While the heat is fine it does feel like the A/C could use a check over since it doesn't appear to be functioning.
The drivetrain is 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. Displacing two liters, the straight-six fires to life with a quick turn of the key. The RB20DE benefits from a fresh semi-synthetic oil and filter service so you don't have anything to worry about for some time to come. The only changeup from the factory comes by way of a high-flow catback exhaust which gives the 6 cylinder a bit more refined tone. Deep enough to notice, but not so loud that it drives you up a wall on a long highway trip. Power is sent rearward through a close-ratio five-speed gearbox. The tranny shifts as it should without a hitch or grinding during gear changes. Acceleration isn't quite as punchy as the GTS-t, but the little coupe doesn't struggle to get out of its own way and it can safely merge up to highway speeds. Fuel economy is pretty impressive, and the RB is inexpensive to service and parts are readily available stateside. Thanks to the coilovers, strut tower brace, and lower traction arms, the suspension makes this car drive like it's on rails. Luckily it's not so stiff as to beat you up over the slightest bump making it a great choice for a unique daily driver. We also went ahead and replaced the rear toe arms along with both rear wheel bearings to make sure the car performs as it should. The power steering is nicely weighted, and the brakes stop this Skyline without a sweat. This well-rounded 60th Anniversary Edition would make an ideal daily driver or unmolested toy to tinker with. As far as entry-level Skylines go, this sporty, efficient, and well-built example is a winner and you won't want to miss out!
*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.