PLEASE NOTE THIS CAR IS FOR SALE ONLY TO OUT OF STATE BUYERS OR DEALERS ONLY - CANNOT BE SOLD IN CALIFORNIA DUE TO SMOG EMISSION REGULATIONS
West Coast Classics are proud to present a very rare and recently US import 1995 Nissan Skyline GTR VSPEC edition with 139K km (86K original miles).
Imported from Japan to the U.S in 2020 and in the desirable 'Midnight Purple' color and upgraded with 18x10 'Work Emotion' Racing wheels with 275 rubber, Nismo mats, Apexi turbines, tuned ECU, 700cc injectors, upgraded cams, trust oil cooler, trust front mount intercooler, Koyo aluminum racing radiator, KKS intercooler piping, adjustable coilover suspension, Defi gauges/link system, racing pipe, HKS EVC boost controller, HKS torque splitter, super air flow convertor, Nismo bumper, carbon front clip, carbon rear splitter, front/rear tow hooks, oil catch can, etc.
Following up on its widely celebrated R32 predecessor, timing of the arrival of the new Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 on the world scene in 1995 played a big part in the eventual long-term success of this iteration of the Japanese performance car. No easy task when amid spiraling performance and top speeds achieved by the new generation of Japanese sports cars, a panic-induced gentlemen's agreement was struck between Japanese car manufacturers and government officials to limit new model performance rating figures not to exceed 276 brake horsepower.
The R33 nevertheless debuted at an optimal moment in popular culture. Video games such as 'Gran Turismo' popularized the Skyline and other performance cars from Japan of the era, even in the United States and other envious markets where the GT-R could not be sold. The R33 would perpetuate the Skyline GT-Rs nickname 'Godzilla', the monster from Japan earned by the R32 after stellar performances in early 1990's Australian motorsport, as car enthusiasts embraced Nissan's performance marque as a force to be reckoned with. Indeed, the R33 would make appearances in the first few 'Fast and the Furious' films of the 2000's; with its R34 successor notably driven by the late Paul Walker, making an even greater impression for the Skyline GT-R name throughout the film franchise.
Delivered new to its first owner Japan, this Skyline GT-R like all examples, a right-hand drive car equipped with ATTESA all-wheel drive, is presented in its desirable factory original finish of 'Midnight Purple' over a two-tone gray interior. Beneath the hood sits a 2.6-liter, twin-turbocharged, twin-cam, 24-valve inline-six mated to a five-speed manual transmission, with all the original Japanese safety stickers and decals still attached and preserved in remarkable condition. The Nissan shows just over 139,952 kilometers (86,962 miles) at time of sale and wears 'Federal' sports tires on alloy wheels shaped by five double-spokes, through which black 'Brembo' brake calipers installed by the factory can be seen. Notably, while the GT-R has always been a popular target for customizers to add performance enhancements and body modifications, this R33 desirably retains mostly all of its original stock configuration and factory finishes along with a few very desirable upgrades.
Though the Skyline GT-R had grown to amass fans around the globe, collectors in the United States were not able to lay claim to their own R33 until recently. Only now through the 25-year historic import rule can the R33 be imported legally. Having arrived from Japan last year, this 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R has obviously received exceptional care from new and is a prime example of a factory original R33 ready to reward dedicated enthusiasts for their patience.
The celebrated R33 Godzilla; a champion of Japanese Domestic Market performance Finished in desirable 'Midnight Purple' over two-tone gray interior 2.6-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six paired with five-speed manual gearbox; all-wheel drive Delivered new to Japan and imported to the U.S. in 2020; now currently registered with U.S. title in Washington state. Offered in all original and unmodified condition; odometer displays just over 4139,952 kilometers (86,962 miles)
It is of note that it is now legal to import and register any of these right-hand-drive cars in 48 states. Hawaii has some safety regulations that can make things a bit more difficult, and California has its own set of rules. Before a resident of the Golden State can register any GT-R for the road, it will have to be modified to pass strict emissions testing. We understand that G&K Auto Conversion in Santa Ana, California is the only lab to have both California and direct-import certification. The process can cost upwards of $10,000 and take over two months, after which the car will still have to pass a smog test every two years like every other post-1975 model registered in the state. Therefore please note that we are selling the car to out of state or dealers only as it currently has a Washington State title and is not currently California smog compliant.
Skylines are a legendary line of sporty coupes and sedans that were only sold in Japan and Australia. The 1995 GT-R version's turbocharged 2.6-liter in-line six, its four-wheel-drive, its considerable racing history, and the fact that it is was a new version of Nissan's most sophisticated performance car has made the GT-R a legend in it's own lifetime.
The original Skyline was a Japanese only market, high-performance, 4-door sedan that debuted at the 1969 Tokyo Motor Show. By the time the cars second-generation was introduced in 1973, the Nissan Skyline was only available as a 2-door coupe. Unfortunately, due to the worldwide oil crises at the time and much stricter emissions standards, less than 200 Skyline GT-Rs were produced. Sixteen years later, Nissan re-introduced the Skyline GT-R to a performance-starved public and used the car as a showcase for the brands latest technology and engineering. The third-generation car, code-named (R32) also introduced an all-wheel-drive system that was propelled by a 2.6-liter turbocharged inline-6-cylinder pushing out 276 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Drivers could hit Zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and reach the quarter-mile in 13.9 seconds.
The predecessor to this car appeared in 1989, the year Nissan cooked up the first twin-turbo and intercooled 4WD Skyline for Group A and N track racing. Enthusiasts around the world salivated over its technology which was tweaked to over 300+ horsepower. Some called it "so good, it's scary." This 1989-1994 generation car is the one that earned the nickname 'Godzilla', after the giant, mythical fire-breathing movie lizard. The cars ability to completely dominate everything from American muscle cars to super exotics from Europe on the racetrack helped it achieve legendary status.
By 1995 the GT-R came in three forms: standard GT-R; the GT-R V-Spec you see here, which has a more advanced driveline; and a racing version with a revised suspension, called the N1. In any form, the new GT-R is technically peerless. For motivation, twin ceramic turbochargers with an intercooler feed a 2.6-liter six with 12.0 psi of boost. The claimed 276 hp (at 6800 rpm) bumps up against the Japanese automakers' voluntary power ceiling (Nissan insiders say the GT-R's actual figure is more like 311 hp). At 4400 rpm, there's 271 pound-feet of torque. Redline is a sizzling 8000 rpm.
A five-speed manual feeds the GT-R's four-wheel drive via a center differential sporting an electronically controlled multiplate clutch. This "ATTESA E-TS" system sends 100 percent of the torque to the rear wheels until a wheel sensor detects slipthen it meters up to 50 percent of the torque to the front. Our V-Spec GT-R had yet another electronically controlled clutch, called A-LSD, which serves as a separate limited-slip differential for the rear wheels. The intent of this complexity is to distribute just the right amount of torque to each wheel to provide neutral handling, not simply maximum full-time traction.
A specification versions of the R32 GT-R were used to win the Japanese Touring Car Championship for four years in a row. The R32 GT-R also had success in the Australian Touring Car Championship, with Jim Richards using it to win the championship in 1991 and Mark Skaife doing the same in 1992, until a regulation change excluded the GT-R in 1993.
The Skyline GT-R became the flagship of Nissan performance, showcasing many advanced technologies including the ATTESA E-TS All-wheel drive system and the Super-HICAS four-wheel steering. Today, the car is popular for import drag racing, circuit track, time attack and events hosted by tuning magazines. Production of the Skyline GT-R ended in August 2002. The car was replaced by the R35 GT-R, an all-new vehicle based on the V36 Skyline platform. Although visibly different, the two vehicles share similar design features and are manufactured in the same factory.
The Skyline GT-R was never manufactured outside Japan, and the sole export markets were Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand, in 1991 and the UK in 1997, due to the Single Vehicle Approval scheme as used Japanese imports. Despite this, the car has become an iconic sports car, including in countries from the Western World (mainly the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, Canada, and the United States). It has become notable through pop culture such as The Fast and the Furious, Initial D, Shakotan Boogie, Wangan Midnight, Need for Speed, Forza, Driving Emotion Type-S, and Gran Turismo. In 2019, Nismo announced that it would resume production of spare parts for all generations of the Skyline GT-R, including body panels and engines.
The car was named at the time by BBC's Top Gear as the only true Japanese contribution in the line of supercars and by Jeremy Clarkson as "one of the best cars in the world".
The R33 was developed even as the non GT-R R33 models went on sale in August 1993 (with a prototype being shown at the 1993 Tokyo Motor Show) for release in 1995 as a successor to the R32 model. The engine in the R33 was nearly identical to the R32. It used the same turbochargers and the same specification for the manual gearbox, although the syncros were stronger. The engine corrected the R32's weak oil pump drive collar, which tended to fail in higher power applications, by using a wider collar (also fixed in spec 2 R32's prior to R33 release).
The R33 GT-R went on sale on 6 January 1995 with the base model GT-R and the VSpec model. The VSpec model weighed in 10 kg (22 lb) heavier, and had sportier suspension resulting in lower ground clearance. The VSpec also featured the newer ATTESA E-TS Pro all wheel drive system, which included an Active Limited Slip differential.
At the same time as the introduction of the R33 GT-R and GT-R VSpec, Nissan introduced the R33 GT-R VSpec N1 model. Changes made to the R33 N1 are similar to those in the R32 N1. The car was made lighter by removing the ABS, air conditioning, sound system, rear wiper, and boot carpet. The R33 GT-R VSpec N1 received the slightly revised R33 N1 engine. The R33 ended production in November 1998. The last R33 GT-R produced was a V-Spec in GV1 finished in Black Pearl color.
In 1995, Best Motoring conducted a test of the GT-R R33 at the Nrburgring Nordschleife. Driven by Motoharu Kurosawa, the car did a 8:01.72 minutes lap time around the track. At the time, it was the fastest road-legal series production car and second fastest road-legal production car around the track. In 1996, the record was broken by Dirk Schoysman in a GT-R R33 V-Spec for Best Motoring with a lap time of 7:59 minutes. In 1999, the record was broken by a GT-R R34.
This is a rare opportunity to own a recently imported and U.S. titled 1995 Nissan GTR VSPEC with some 86K original miles.