1992 Nissan Skyline GT-R R32
It would surprise most classic car anoraks, but the Datsun name dates back to the early 1930’s. Datson (as it was originally known) was purchased by Nissan in 1934 and the name was changed to Datsun to closer associate the brand with its country of manufacture, being Japan. The sun is an important symbol within Japanese culture. The red circle on the Japanese flag represents the sun. The name ‘Nissan’ originated during the 1930’s as an abbreviation used on the Tokyo Stock Exchange for Nihon Sangyo. At this time Nissan controlled foundries and car parts businesses.
Datsun built cars, trucks and other commercial vehicles, however, it wasn’t until the late 1950’s that the car manufacturer started to become internationally recognised. Things got better for Datsun and their family cars were popular and sold well. In 1961 Datsun introduced the Fairlady (SPL213) sports car at the Tokyo Motor Show where the car caused somewhat of a sensation. Interestingly, this car predated the launch of the MGB, though it wasn’t until October 1962 that the Fairlady (SP31) was introduced. This car was a real pioneer for Japanese sports car manufacturing. Others soon followed with Honda introducing their S600 and Toyota their Sports 800 shortly thereafter.
The late 1960’s and early 1970’s were good times for Japanese car manufacturers and their sports cars were suddenly taking the world by storm.
The best was yet to come for Nissan and in late 1969 Datsun introduced their S30 which was sold as a 240Z. Datsun’s new car was powered by either a 2.0 litre or 2.4 litre straight six engine with between 130bhp and 150bhp depending on the specification. Either way, the 240Z was a great driver’s car and its sleek fastback lines drew comparisons with Jaguar’s iconic E-Type. The 240Z evolved into the 260Z, 260Z 2+2 and the 280Z. The second generation of Z cars – being the 280ZX and then the third and fourth generation 300ZX were great sellers but it was the first series of Z cars that is today seen as the ‘best of the breed’.
In 1966 Nissan merged with the Prince Motor Company, with a view to bringing more upmarket cars into its model range. The Prince Skyline, introduced in 1957 and the Prince Gloria, introduced in 1959 were regarded as market leading Japanese luxury cars back in the day. Nissan wanted to introduce a performance car and successfully compete on the race track. The Nissan Skyline GT-R was introduced in 1969.
The Nissan Skyline GT-R is today recognised as one of the greatest sporting cars ever built. The early models were raw, but they were well built and delivered outstanding performance. They were very successful race cars in period. Just under 2,000 cars were built through until 1972 when the second generation GT-R was built. This model was short lived as the fuel crisis hit hard and Nissan ceased production after less than 200 examples were built. The writing was on the wall and Nissan also withdrew from motor racing.
In 1989 Nissan reintroduced the Skyline GT-R with the model designated as BNR32, most commonly abbreviated to R32. The car was powered by a 2.6 litre inline six cylinder DOHC engine with twin turbo chargers rated at 276 bhp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The high performance engine was coupled with an advanced four wheel drive system called ATTESA E-TS (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All-Terrain with Electronic Torque Split – which incorporated a five-speed transmission, LSD, multi-plate clutch and a hydraulic unit. Channelling all the power to the rear wheels in normal conditions, it could shuffle up to 50 per cent to the fronts if required. There was even rear wheel steering, or HICAS (High Capacity Actively Controlled Steering). The car was a beast! It was quoted as being able to achieve 0-100 km/hr in 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/hr leaving the best from Porsche and BMW in its wake. The Skyline GT-R R32 was a huge success for Nissan with almost 44,000 examples built in just over five years of production, which spanned three defined series and a number of limited edition models.
In early 1995 Nissan introduced the Skyline GT-R R33, which was in fact a very similar car to its predecessor in many ways. The R33 carried on the R32’s success and circa 16,500 cars were built through until late 1998.
The final iteration of the Skyline GT-R was the R34 introduced in January 1999. The R34 was shorter in length than its predecessors and even more technologically advanced. A real feature was the LCD multifunctional display in the centre of the dashboard which provided more information on the car’s engine and general statistics than one could ever imagine. The final R34 was built in August 2002 after circa 11,500 cars were built. During production there were again a number of limited edition models built which are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts the world over.
The Nissan Skyline GT-R’s have developed a cult following and they are now recognised as one of the very best performance cars ever built. These cars dominated race tracks all over the world and are today nicknamed ‘Godzilla’, as a result of their sheer dominance.
Oldtimer Australia is delighted to offer for sale a 1992 Nissan Skyline GT-R R32. This GT-R R32 Series 2 is listed on the GT-R Registry. It was built in June 1992 and finished in ‘red pearl metallic’ (colour code AH3). The car has its original service book which confirms it was sold new through Nissan Prince Matsumoto Sales Centre, 1-16-1 Kamada, Matsumoto, Nagano 0837 on the 22nd June 1992 to its first owner who lived in Nagano.
The car was acquired by its current owner in Japan in 2015. There is a Japanese export approval on file dated 30th October 2015 and an Australian import approval dated 25th November 2015. The car arrived into Australia and was immediately complianced. The RAWS Compliance Report is dated 12th February 2016 and the car was first registered in NSW as DCX04K shortly thereafter. The car was purchased through USS Tokyo, which is a Japanese auction site based in Japan. There is a CarVX Vehicle History Report on file which at the time of the auction designated the car as Grade 4B. The first character summarises the overall condition and 4 = great grade with minor issues only and the second character is the inside grade and summarises the condition of the inside of the car. B = good condition with some imperfections. This report also notes some mileage history and for this car it notes the mileage as 38,800 km on the 23rd July 2012, 41,300 km on the 22nd July 2014 and 42,990 km on the 22nd October 2015.
As soon as the car arrived into Australia it was given a major service, the front and rear brake pads & rotors were replaced and a new battery & new tyres were fitted. There is an invoice on file for $4,000+ for the work done.
Today this Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 presents and drives exceptionally well. With so many of these cars modified, it is great to be able to offer an extensively original and unmolested example. This car even retains its original Nissan Prince Matsumoto dealer sticker on the rear window. Red pearl metallic is a stunning and quite rare colour for an R32. According to the GT-R R32 Registry only 759 R32 Series 2 cars were finished in this colour. The paint work is in excellent condition all round with only a few very minor blemishes here and there. All of the exterior trim, front & rear bumpers and the glass are in very good condition. It should be noted that there is some minor kerb rash to the front wheels.
Inside the cabin the car is in excellent condition. The seats, door cards, carpets and even the dash, which is known to crack, are all excellent. The car has only a touch over 46,000 km on the odometer and the condition is totally consistent with that. All of the instruments and controls are in working order and the air conditioning blows cold air. The boot looks to have never been used and the engine bay is exceptionally clean and tidy.
It is with great anticipation that we finally get behind the wheel of this car. First impressions are extremely positive. Everything is minimalistically simple, the driving position is comfortable and not surprisingly the engine starts easily at the first turn of the key. The car is unexpectedly refined as you drive through traffic. You first notice the short shift and sharp gear change . . . it is fabulous! Once you clear traffic you can really appreciate what this car is all about. It has bucket loads of performance, but it is incredibly easy to drive. This car does everything one would expect and the only thing we could fault was some intermittent squeaking from the front brakes.
It is hard to believe that this car is almost 30 years old . . . what a gem!
The only modifications we have identified with this car are an aftermarket turbo boost gauge which has been mounted on the dash, a multi-point charger connected to the cigarette lighter which sits in the passengers foot well and colour coded wheel nuts have been fitted.
There is a spare wheel in the boot, but no jack or tool kit. The car also comes with a custom car cover.
Today the odometer reads 46,127 km.
Japanese sports cars are really good news and gaining popularity exponentially. There have been some wonderful displays of Japanese sports cars in recent years at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles and at some of the world’s premier car shows including The Quail and Motorclassica.
The Nissan GT-R R32 is right up there with the best and this is a fabulous example!
- Nissan Skyline R32 GTR
- 46,109 km