As I prepare for the Japanese Classic Car Show in Long Beach this weekend, I can’t help but think about monster hunting.
As I prepare for the Japanese Classic Car Show in Long Beach this weekend, I can’t help but think about monster hunting. Not just any monster though; I am looking for Godzilla. As elusive as the 1950s Japanese movie monster from which it draws its nickname, the Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R, acts as the forbidden fruit of the future-classics realm.
Despite the fact that the R32 was produced during the same time period that many millennials like me were born, 1989-1994, we have been captivated by the right-hand-drive JDM racing wonder since our first exposures to it in the Fast and Furious movies and such video games as Gran Turismo and Forza.
Our fascination with the Godzilla race cars has been fueled by their history and dominating wins, and it has only grown as we have counted down the days until the R32 became legal to register in the United States.
Just barely legal at 25-years old, the Pick of the Day, a 1991 Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R listed on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in California, has been in the hands of one of the top Japanese tuners in Tokyo for the past 12 years and features the coveted RB26FETT N1 engine from the R34 Skyline GT-R, and a single Turbo Dynamics turbo.
Additional modifications to the RB26 include an HKS 264 camshaft, a Trust exhaust manifold and waste gate used in the turbo setup, and an HKS EVC 6 Boost Controller and Trust Type-R intercooler.
Other modifications include an OS Giken R3C triple-plate clutch and cross-gear kit, along with a Cusco RS limited-slip differential. The car also utilizes an HKS oil cooler relocation kit, a NISMO fuel pump and HKS titanium racing exhaust.
The car also features brakes and wheels from the R34 GT-R while a set of Recaro seats and a roll cage complete the build.
The listing notes the car has been tuned to run on pump gas available in the United States, and it comes pre-programed with different engine tunings.
Offered for $32,900, the listing stipulates the car cannot be registered in California by a “retail customer,” but is available for purchase throughout the United States.
To view this vehicle listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day