Tuesday, August 19, 2014

1972 Nissan Skyline GT-R - Hakosuka - Sells for $220,000 in Monterrey

Check out the 1972 Nissan Skyline GT-R that was recently featured at Hemmings. At RM Auctions in Monterrey it sold for $220,000. With auction fees its just over $240k.  They expected the car to sell for between $125,000 - $175,000 so it far exceeded those estimates.  If you don't already own a Hakosuka, I predict that prices this week have taken a jump upwards.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R Buyers Guide : 1989 to 1994

Group A R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R
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R32 GT-R covered by GT Channel

My personal favorite Nissan Skyline, is the R32 GT-R. Its the one that I saw when I went to Japan in 1991. It was the one that was destroying its contemporaries on the track. 

The R32 GT-R debuted in August 1989 and was sold though 1994. A new version of Nissan's RB inline 6 cylinder engine powered the car. Iron block, aluminum dual overhead cam head. Sodium filled exhaust valves. Solid lifters. Six throttle bodies. Twin turbo. Oil cooled pistons. 73mm stroke with an 86 mm piston giving the RB26 2568cc of displacement. Fitting right into the Group A formula for forced induction. Short stroke, low torque, high revving. Stock most of the engines had ceramic exhaust wheels on the turbochargers, and saw about 0.7 bar of boost(500 mmHG, 10psi).

On track at Willow Springs around 1999.

Behind the RB26DETT sat a 5 speed transmission, with internals shared with the Fairlady(300ZX). On the back of the transmission was the ATTESA transfercase, or the all wheel drive magic that made the R32 GT-R into the track monster it was.  On the track for Group A, the RB26 was tuned to 550 horsepower, making it unbeatable in 29 of 29 races in Japan.

There were a total of 4555 cars sold in 1989 and 43934 cars over its whole production run.

Some areas of concern on a 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R, if you are looking to import it to the US. First off, its a 25 year old car. Not everything is going to be in as new condition, unless you pay a ton of money for the car. Current prices (May 2014) for Nissan GT-R's range from $3,000 for some really beat up piece of shit, to over $50,000 for a super low mileage nearly new car. I feel that a good range to be on the car is the $15k-$20k range. In that range you will get a decent car, and not a huge problem child. Expect to budget about another $5500(from Japan) for finding, buying, transporting, de-registering, loading, shipping, port fees, customs broker fees, 2.5% tariff, processing fee, mailing,
Aluminum hood and fenders

  • Rust. Japan gets it
    • Check around the rear fender area

    • Check around the rear window
    • Open the trunk look under the spare tire for any water collecting
  • Fenders and hood are aluminum and a little fragile
    • No matter what she says she weighs, you shouldn't let her "Whitesnake it"
  • Windshields and glass are unique to the Skyline GT-R
  • Does it have an aftermarket exhaust?
  • How do the wheels/tires look?
  • How do the brake rotors look?
    • Original R32 brake rotors are cross drilled
    • Later N1 rotors are solid
  • The cars are all wheel drive, and the front driveshaft boots are often torn.

  • Dash around the vents can lift and bubble
  • Speedometer clusters
  • Stock 180 km/hr speedometer cluster in an R32 GT-R
    • The cars came with a 180 km/hr speedometer
    • Lots of aftermarket speedometers exist. Always have to be suspect of mileage/km on an aftermarket speedo
    • Always use your best judgement on mileage/km
      • Look at shifter
      • Look at pedals
      • If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is
  • Generally cars have low mileage, but 200k km cars are not unheard of
  • Does it have a factory ECU?
    • Its located behind the passenger side kick panel
  • Does it have an aftermarket boost controller?
  • Does it have an aftermarket boost gage?
  • How about a huge monster tach?
  • The Japanese seem to love Scotchlocks. These little piece of shit, lazy fucker horrible contact things are all over Japanese electronics installations. Take all of them out. Get rid of them. "Un-fuck" the car. They should never be used in anything unless an emergency. The connection is so unreliable. Butt splices, soldering(although they try and minimize solder in race car applications), shit I would rather see the wire stripped back, wrapped around it and taped than a Scotchlock
  • Typical Japanese wiring in an R32 GT-R. Kill it all with fire. 


  • RB26DETT have oiling issues
  • Check the oil level
  • Look for signs of leaks
    • Front main is often a cracked oil pump gear
    • Half moons at the back of the engine can get brittle and leak
    • Half moon at the back of the engine. Hot side valve cover off

    • Turbos can leak
  • Rough idle can be a sign of a vacuum leak
    • 6 throttle bodies
    • Injectors
  • Check for a boost restrictor
  • Does the car have a factory airbox?

  • Does it have other aftermarket parts visible?
  • Car should start easily and settle into around 1000 rpm idle
  • Oil pressure at idle should be around the first hash mark, or about 30 psi
    • If its not, 10 psi per 1000 rpm is generally accepted, but can be concerning
    • Can be a sign of a bad sender, or leaky backing plate on the oil pump
  • 4th gear often grinds. Its a straight back pull, so guys don't let the synchros do their job, and hurt them. 
  • An all wheel drive car can put a hurting on a transmission. A modified GT-R often breaks 3rd gear. 
  • The car should make about 10 psi, or about the first hash mark on the factory boost gage that reads in mmHG. If it buries the gage, then its running about 14 psi. 
  • If its running 14 psi or more, with the factory turbos, then their days are numbered.  It might run for years, it might snap the exhaust wheel of next week. Detonate on the engine, or find the rev limiter a few too many times, and expect that life to greatly diminish. 

Production/Chassis codes are below. 
August 1989  BNR32-000054
September 1989 BNR32-001089
October 1989 BNR32-002089
November 1989 BNR32-003027
December 1989 BNR32-004027

Variations of models



R32 GT-R(43934 total) registration

1989-4555 1990-8426
1991-7081 1992-7961
1993-6204 1994-7465

Dates of Production and Prices 8-21-1989 to 2-14-1994 

1st model 8-21-1989 
4,445,000 yen Nismo 3-11-1990
4,441,000 yen 
2nd model 8-20-1991 
4,510,000 yen 
3rd model 2-3-1993
4,545,000 yen 
Vspec 2-3-1993
5,260,000 yen 
Vspec II 2-14-1994
5,260,000 yen 

First         BNR32-000051
Last          BNR32-314649
Last VSpec    BNR32-313609 (10/13/94)
Last Vspec II BNR32-313930 (10/20/94)
Nismo         BNR32-100000~100560

- 08/21/'89 BNR32 Shipped

- 02/22/'90 BNR32 NISMO Announced(03/11 Shipped)

Air intake in front bumper
Sub rear spoiler added
Side protector modified
Protection net removed
Air guide for intercooler newly added
Special Turbine
Special exhaust manifold
No ABS, rear windshield wiper 
30kg lighter than standard R32
Only available gunmetal color(KH2)

- 07/19/'91 N1 BNR32 announced and shipped

With GT-R NISMO aero parts
No ABS, an Air Conditioner, rear windshield wiper or audio
No cross drilled rotors
brake cooling air guides attached to tension rods
light weight 2 headlight
# After 02/'92 metal turbine wheels

- 08/20/'91 Minor change. Middle model

Bar added in door (50kg weight increase)
Projector light modified(H3C->H1)
Driver's air bag optional
Oil pump drive widened
Cylinder block modified (reinforced partly and lighten)
Rear caliper seal modified
Interior partly changed

- 02/03/'93 Minor change Late model. V-spec added

Rear diff cover fin removed
Clutch modified (push -> pull)
Synchronizers modified
Brembo caliper added(V-spec)
ETS program modified(V-spec)
Tires changed (V-spec: 225/50-17)
BBS mesh special wheel (V-spec)
# N1 model gets to based on V-spec

- 02/14/'94 V-spec2 added

Tire changed 245/45-17
# N1 model gets based on V-spec2
Besides these, ECU, cylinder block and the size of turbine
had been modified some times without notice.
Spot welding is supposedly decreased after '94.

Finding, Buying, Exporting, Importing, Clearing, Titling, Insuring, and Registering your Nissan Skyline GT-R

That is a long title. Lots of information. Not just specific to the R32 GT-R, but it fits here for now.
Buying - International Vehicle Importers have many vehicles in stock in Japan, and will be on the way to the US once they turn 25 years old.Check out IVI on Facebook for updates on available cars.  The first R32 were made in August. A total of 4555 cars were produced in 1989. 

VIN Information - Do not let a state assign a VIN to your car. The chassis number is the equivalent of a VIN. The NHTSA says to more or less not fuck with it. So don't do it. It is a federal offense to do it, you have been warned.  http://www.gtrusablog.com/2012/05/vin-number-and-chassis-number-education.html

Right Hand Drive -Is it legal to drive a right hand drive car in the US?  The short answer is yes.The long answer is here. http://www.gtrusablog.com/2014/04/is-it-legal-to-drive-right-hand-drive.html

How to Title and Register A Nissan Skyline GT-R in the USA.  -  If you are looking to either import, or buy a Nissan Skyline there are a few things you should know about the title and registration process. In the United States vehicles over twenty five years old are Department of Transportation (DOT) exempt from meeting Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards(FMVSS). At over twenty one years old cars are Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)exempt in original configuration.  If the car is newer than 25 years old, it still might be possible to import it under the Show or Display exemption, but check out that page for more information.To meet California direct import requirements, the car must be older than 1975. To have a newer car meet California requirements, it is very expensive, and sometimes near impossible to comply. More information - http://www.gtrusablog.com/2014/04/how-to-title-and-register-1989-nissan.html

Why have one, when you can have two? 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

NISMO Nissan Skyline GT-R #007 And Friends

Are you looking for your own legally imported Nissan Skyline or other car? International Vehicle Importers

NISMO #007, according to our research was the first production NISMO sold to the public. NISMO's 1-6 were pre-production/race cars. We can verify that #001 is a race car, but we haven't seen chassis numbers on any of the other cars. If you have pictures under the hood, of the chassis number of any of the early race cars, we would love to see them.

FIA Homologation Form for NISMO Nissan Skyline GT-R
NISMO #007
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