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1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R
Debut year for Nissan's R32 series
Car previously displayed in climate-controlled Japanese automobile collection
Right-hand drive; legally imported into U.S.
One of approximately 8,000 models made in 1989
Stunning Electric Blue exterior with professionally reupholstered black interior
2.6L DOHC, 24-valve, twin-turbocharged straight six-cylinder engine (code RB26DETT) making 316 hp!
Five-speed manual transmission and mechanical limited-slip differential
All-wheel-drive, HICAS four-wheel-steering and anti-lock brakes
In the late 1980s and during the 1990s, many car magazines wrote articles about all of the vehicles offered in Europe and Japan that, for various reasons, never landed on our shores. One of the more tantalizing cars was Nissan's Skyline GT-R.
Nineteen eighty-nine was the Skyline R32's first model year and about 8,000 GT-Rs were made at Nissan's factory in Musashimurayama, Japan. This example is dressed in a striking Electric Blue which presents extremely well. The car's bodywork is solid and straight, its engine bay is extremely tidy, the cargo area looks great, the battery appears new and the car's rear wing spoiler and body-colored bumpers' condition match the rest of the exterior.
This Skyline rolls on Falken radials, size 245/40ZR17 at all four corners. Each tire is wrapped around a six-spoke alloy wheel. The wheels and tires are in very good condition.
Under the hood is Nissan's 2.6L DOHC, 24-valve, twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine connected to a five-speed manual transmission backed by a mechanical limited-slip differential. Nissan rated the motor (code RB26DETT) at 276 bhp @ 6,800 rpm and 260 lbs⋅ft @ 4,400 rpm. The engine actually produced 316 horsepower but was under-rated due to a Japanese car makers' “gentlemen's agreement” not to exceed 276 hp. Some factory features of the RB26DETT include:
Six throttle body intakes
Solid lifter valve actuation, shim under bucket
CAS (crank angle sensor) driven off exhaust cam, tells ECU (engine control unit) crank/cam position
Water-cooled, oil pressure lubed turbos
OEM cast pistons have cooling channels under the crowns (extra oil cooling to reduce piston temperature)
Piston oil squirters
Sodium-filled exhaust valves
Eight counterweighted crankshafts
'I' beam connecting rods
The RB26DETT engine block is cast iron, while the cylinder head is aluminum alloy. The intake varies from other RB-series motors in that it has six individual throttle bodies (three sets of two throttle assemblies Siamesed together) instead of a single throttle body. The engine also uses a parallel twin-turbo system, with a pair of T25-type ceramic turbochargers set by the wastegates to limit boost pressure to 10 psi, although the Skyline GT-R has a built-in boost restrictor to keep it under 14 psi. The GT-R had a significantly larger intercooler, larger brakes, and aluminum front guards and hood. Other distinguishing features include flared front and rear wheel arches.
Inside, the car's interior has been completely reupholstered in black. More supportive front bucket seats are fitted, the matching carpet and headliner look great. A three-spoke steering wheel faces the driver, the inner door panels and instrument panels are all in very good order. The dashboard features a torque meter that shows how much torque is being delivered to the front wheels (from zero to 50 percent). Oil temp, voltage, and turbo boost gauges are fitted just above the climate controls. The center console and shifter look great and an AM/FM stereo with CD player completes the interior.
The R32 Skyline debuted in 1989. It was available as either a two-door coupe or four-door hardtop sedan, all other body styles were dropped. The R32 featured several versions of the RB-series straight-six engines, which had improved heads and used the ECCS (Electronically Concentrated Control System) injection system. Most models had HICAS four-wheel steering, with the rear wheels being hydraulically linked to the front steering. ABS was standard on the GT-R plus a mechanical limited-slip differential.
As of August 2014, the R32 Skyline GT-R has been eligible for US import under the NHTSA “25-year” rule that allows vehicles 25 years old (to the month) or older to be imported. These vehicles, due to their age, do not have to comply with federal emissions or with Federal motor vehicle safety standards.
If you recall seeing Skylines in 1990s video games, movies and magazines and you longed for one, you do not want to miss out on this opportunity to get your hands on your dream car.
Vehicle is located in Missouri, USA. Bidder/Buyer is responsible for pickup or shipping from this location to wherever they want it shipped to.