1991 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R Coupe (1 of 100 Australian delivery)
$80,000 - $100,000
|Engine||2568cc litre in-line six-cylinder turbo|
|Colour||Jet Silver Metallic|
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DescriptionOne of Japan’s all-time greats, Nissan's legendary R32 Skyline GT-R was a technological Tour de Force conceived with one goal in mind - to dominate Group A Touring Car racing. Unveiled in 1989, Nissan's engineers came up with the most sophisticated Japanese car yet, combining all-wheel drive and the Super HICAS all-wheel steering system with a sublime DOHC 2.6-litre in-line six. Conservatively rated at 276 bhp in road-going form (the real output was nearer 300 bhp), the R32's high-tech RB26DETT engine was capable of achieving more like 500 bhp in full race specification, thanks four valves per cylinder and twin turbos. Nissan's homologation special was clothed in typically understated bodywork that belied its performance potential; indeed, an R32 GT-R unofficially held the lap record at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany. Of course, the R32's track record here in Australia is well known - thanks to its dominance on local circuits in the early 1990s, the Skyline earned the nickname 'Godzilla'. Despite attempts by officialdom to slow ‘Godzilla’ down, drivers Mark Skaife and Jim Richards were able to virtually win at will. The partisan crowds at Bathurst may not have appreciated the Nissan's dominance at the time, but the R32 certainly earned the respect of the Australian motoring public. A limited run of just 100 road cars were sold by Nissan in Australia, priced at almost $110,000 apiece. Available in just three colours (red, black and silver), the Aussie GT-Rs differed from their Japanese counterparts in several details, including the badges, outer tail lamp lenses, Maxima stereo unit and Bosch roof-mounted aerial. The GT-R badge continued to be worn by succeeding generations of Nissan's ultimate supercars but for many enthusiasts, particularly those of the Playstation generation, the original R32 holds a special place and the Australian-delivered cars have taken on legendary status among collectors and enthusiasts around the country.
• No 17 of just 100 built for this market
• Books & history
• No Reserve
Nissan’s Skyline GT-R R32 needs no introduction to Australian enthusiasts now or back in the day. In an ironic twist, the vendor of this very example – believed to be the fourth owner – was the Holden Motorsport Manager in period and managed its Commodore program, battling these R32s in the Australian Touring Car Championship. With only 100 specifically made for Australia, these are generally cherished and presented in pristine condition. Our car, the 17th built (in May 1991), is a little different. Showing an indicated 169,676 kms at the time of cataloguing the car has been in the same family ownership for the past 21 years, this R32 is showing the wear and tear of a life well lived and of a time when these cars were less valued than they are today. But that now presents an opportunity for the keen enthusiast. Finished in well-worn Jet Silver metallic paint, the body also has a few small dings, the paint is worn off the exterior mirrors and is chipped in places, so it could use a cosmetic refresh. There’s an aftermarket Goldi steel sunroof fitted too that the dedicated might choose to delete. Its correct factory alloy wheels are kerbed and would also benefit from refurbishment, as would the grey velour interior which is complete but a little tired. No restoration has been undertaken but according to its owner, it’s always had quality mechanical maintenance. Our R32 comes with its owner’s handbook in the original leather folder and a large hard-cover folder that includes workshop manual excerpts, media articles and most importantly plenty of receipts. Overall this R32 represents an affordable entry into a very exclusive club for an enthusiast willing to put in a bit of work. Previously on Victorian club registration, this Skyline GT-R R32 is being sold unregistered and with No Reserve.
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