The coolest old car? A look at the first Nismo-restored R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R

Sanjay · Mar 15, 2021 09:00 PM

The coolest old car? A look at the first Nismo-restored R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R 01

At this point, it isn't even about rose-tinted glasses anymore - the 1980s and 1990s were good times for sports cars. Nissan seems to agree, if their fully-restored R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R is anything to go by. 

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Recently, Nismo (Nissan's sporting arm, Nissan Motorsports International) opened their Nismo 'Restored Car' division, with the first product on their catalogue being this 'Godzilla' R32 GT-R.

The coolest old car? A look at the first Nismo-restored R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R 01

Various shots of the body frame - literally brand new

If you've somehow missed the whole hullabaloo about it, here's a quick low-down: the project essentially rebuilds the R32 (so far) to brand-new factory specifications, with improvements made along the way as well. 

Also read: This R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R’s restoration by Nismo costs 5x the price of an R35

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Absolutely not a hair out of place

And no, it's not just a fresh coat of paint on top of refreshed body panels either.

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Electrodeposited coating just like any new car 

It's complete nuts-and-bolts stuff, with things such as a 3D-measured and refreshed body frame, new wiring harnesses, and even a rebuilt engine. 

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The Heritage Parts programme makes parts for the R33 and R34 GT-R as well

Most of the parts come from Nissan's own 'Heritage Parts' programme, which currently has over 300 parts for classic Nissan cars, including the newly-released R32 GT-R wiring harness protector and rear panels.

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Each car is subjected to tests a new Nissan GT-R goes through

Which is why the whole thing takes about 6 months from top to bottom, setting customers back around JPY 45 million to start. That's almost double what a 2021 Nissan GT-R Nismo costs (JPY 23 million). 

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A serialised plate for each completed car

But the end result? Stuff of dreams, 100 percent worth drooling over, as the video below shows. Enjoy.

Sanjay

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With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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