1993 Nissan Skyline Type M
1993 Marked the 60th anniversary of the Nissan brand and to celebrate they made a limited production model of the R32. While fundamentally the same as the regular GTS-t it did start off with a few different aero pieces. Since the change up was rather mild those were removed in favor of the more distinguishable GTR goodies instead. The GTR front bumper always looks good as the face of any R32, especially when it's backed by a massive front mount intercooler. The side profile is rounded out by a far more aggressive Bomex side skirts and spats. Up top the relatively tame GTS-t factory wing was replaced with the more iconic GTR wing. Overall the whole package looks fantastic, especially finished in Black Pearl Metallic (732.) The paint looks excellent, free of any notable blemishes or scratches. The same can be said about the body, aside from a standard door ding or two, nothing out of the ordinary. Naturally since there are some aftermarket bits they don't fit as well as factory pieces would, but all line up and flow well. The running joke that R33 GTR wheels look good on anything really does seem to have some credibility behind it, as they look killer on this R32. In order to get the ride height dialed down to a more suitable stance a set of Tein coilovers sit at all four corners.
Climbing inside you'll notice the revised seats used in the 60th Anniversary models. The seats have held up well over the years with only minor blemishes, no tears or severe staining is present. Much like the body, several items have been upgraded for a more race inspired feel. The clunky stock wheel was replaced with a far better Momo Corse wheel which is in great shape. Atop the steering column is a Blitz Dual-SBC and underneath the dash is the Greddy turbo timer. The really trick piece is the gauge pod mounted off the bezel housing Greddy boost, oil temp, and coolant temp gauges to keep an accurate eye on vitals. Where they're mounted makes them easy to keep an eye since they're right in your natural line of sight. The rest of the interior has been kept original and in good shape. There is the inevitable dash bubble that plagues most every R32. While the stock radio has been removed the Japanese frequency is different than the US so they don't have much use here to begin with. If anything this simply cuts down on a step towards putting in a more US compatible unit. Otherwise all of our power accessories are functioning as they should; power windows, door locks, folding mirrors, and automatic climate control.
Popping the hood reveals Nissan's renowned workhorse, the RB20DET. The turbocharged two liter jolts to life when you turn the key. The ignition receives power from a newly installed 12V battery to make sure you're not left stranded in a parking lot. Power from the two liter comes on quickly as the turbo spools and pulls heartily to redline. The 5 speed shifts easily making it a blast to row through the gears. The gear shift does seem a bit more precise than a typical stock one, so we do speculate that it has a short throw shifter but have not confirmed. To help feed the turbo fresh air a large Greddy FMIC was installed in conjunction with a Greddy Airinx intake. While helping the turbo spool quicker it also makes all the right noises when you lift off throttle. Since the factory exhaust really cuts down on the RB20's signature sound a Fujitsubo axle back helps it to regain its voice. At startup it's a bit louder than stock without being overbearing, and it really begins to sing once you get into boost. While Cusco strut tower braces front and rear help to keep the chassis in check when the road gets twisty. While the odometer currently sit at 88K miles, it was not verified prior to leaving Japan so it is being sold as unknown. In order to ensure this car is ready to make the drive home to start it's new chapter our trained techs have fully gone over the car. Six new plugs, with four freshly mounted tires, and a routine oil change later has us ready to go. If the stock R32 wasn't already a versatile enough vehicle from the start, our new and improved Type-M has only taken things up another level. From the power upgrades down to the matching bodywork, this GTS-t really is the best of both worlds.
*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.