Nis­san Sky­line GT-R R32 heats up

The Plays­ta­tion icon is now pick­ing up a new wave of fans send­ing val­ues north

Classic Cars (UK) - - Chasing Cars -

Who would have thought a Plays­ta­tion icon would be­come a hot clas­sic? The Sky­line GT-R R32 of 1989 to 1994 – af­fec­tion­ately known as Godzilla – could crack sixty in five sec­onds and run to 156mph, thanks to a 276bhp, 2.6-litre twin­turbo six-cylin­der. Nis­san threw every bit of en­gi­neer­ing it could at the third-gen Sky­line and de­signed it as a Porsche 959 chaser. The R32 won every Group A race it en­tered, and is still among Ja­pan’s most re­spected per­for­mance clas­sics. With one of the best four-wheel drive sys­tems ever de­signed and rear-wheel steer­ing, the R32’s on-the-limit han­dling is now leg­endary.

In­ter­est round the globe is grow­ing as a new breed of younger en­thu­si­asts re­mem­ber the R32 as the car they spent hours in their bed­rooms power-slid­ing on games con­soles play­ing Gran Turismo or Need for Speed. Prices in Ja­pan and the US have been climb­ing steadily and now UK val­ues are hard­en­ing fast. The good news is that all R32s were right-hook from the fac­tory but find­ing a stock, un­mod­i­fied ex­am­ple at sen­si­ble money might be a tough call. The chas­sis was en­gi­neered to take 600bhp-plus so many have been re­lent­lessly mod­i­fied for more power. Low-mileage orig­i­nal cars are the ones ev­ery­one wants and col­lec­tors shun any­thing that’s been heav­ily tuned.

Per­for­mance Cars in County Ar­magh, North­ern Ire­land has a ’93 in de­sir­able Gun­metal Grey with 56k miles, to­tally stock apart from coilover springs and with a ‘huge folder of in­voices’, for a very rea­son­able £23,995. Tiny-mileage R32s are now charg­ing to­wards £50k with the Su­per­car Clinic in Lan­cashire of­fer­ing a mint ’91, also in Gun­metal, with just 9000 war­ranted miles and bone-stock fac­tory spec for £47,995. There’s a world­wide short­age of mint cars be­cause the home garage is a rare thing in Ja­pan, so many have faded and cracked in­te­ri­ors from the sun and rusty bod­ies and seams from snow and rain. Spe­cial­ist Sky­line deal­ers are buy­ing up low-mileage sur­vivors and there’s a steady flow of im­ports com­ing into the UK. Look for an official Ja­pa­nese auc­tion grade of 4.5 or above and you’ll be buy­ing an ex­cep­tional low-mileage car. It re­ally is worth snapping up a proper GT-R R32 now be­fore the retro-gamers put them into a sec­ond or­bit. One day re­ally per­fect cars could hit £100k. And yes, the R32 re­ally is that good.

VALUE 2010 £10,250 VALUE NOW £30K

‘Find­ing an un­mod­i­fied R32 GT-R at sen­si­ble money might be a tough call’

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