Dedicated JDM fans get it, the allure of Japanese Domestic Market vehicles, right-hand drive and all, in making a statement of style and street cred. The Nissan Skyline is a major piece of the JDM mythology, notwithstanding the varying level of performance for different versions.
The Pick of the Day is a 1995 Nissan Skyline GTS25t Type M coupe that, if you make your way through the dense alphanumeric nameplate, you will discover is a more-affordable yet still powerful alternative to the desirable Skyline GT-R models.
“The ‘Grand Turismo Sport’ coupe is a right-hand-drive, 2-door coupe with a front engine, rear-wheel drive and is a piece of the Japanese automotive giant’s famed Nismo history!” the Houston dealer advertising the Skyline on ClassicCars.com crows in the listing.
“The Skyline Coupe GTS25t Type M is part of Nissan’s R33 range of cars and power is supplied by a RB25DET double-overhead-camshaft, 2.5-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder engine with 4 valves per cylinder that develops power and torque figures of 247 bhp at 6,400 rpm and 217 lb.ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm stock. The power is transferred to the wheels through a F5 5-speed manual gearbox.”
This Skyline, which spent much of its existence in London, shows just over 95,000 miles on its odometer. The car was imported to the US by the current owner, the ad says.
“The only upgrade made by the owner is the addition of a Hider exhaust system, a Clifford alarm w/ remote and a Momo GTS steering wheel,” the seller notes.
The dealer advises that while this lesser-model Skyline is considered not up to the standards of the more-muscular twin-turbo, all-wheel-drive GT-R, especially in its earlier and more-raw iterations, there is much to recommend it, including its lighter weight.
“While some have shunned it as the ‘boat’ of the Skyline family, it comes in at less than a 250lbs difference (compared with the GT-R),” the seller says. “Combine all that with the more-powerful RB25 and it actually becomes one of the better-driving Skylines of the bunch! The slightly longer/wider stance gives it superior handling and ride comfort, adding to the overall mystique of the Skyline model lines.”
The styling for this-era Skyline seems mild for a performance coupe, but those in the know will recognize it immediately as something special. The body and interior look to be in very nice, well-maintained condition.
One thing, though. That “Japanese Muscle” label across the top of the windshield has got to go. Way too tacky for such a cool car.
The asking price for this road-trip-ready Skyline is $26,000.
To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.