Contrary to what you might think about Japan, the streets are not crawling with Nissan Skylines. In fact, spotting a Skyline in Japan is just as rare as seeing one on the streets of California. Now that the R32 has surpassed the 25-year mark, it seems like a good number of them have made it Stateside and will continue to do so. But just like any military gearhead would do, Peter Cervantes copped this beautiful '90 GTR- while in Japan.
Born and raised in Guam, Peter's childhood was enveloped in a world of cars. His father, a retired mechanic, was running an auto shop from their house, and even after school Peter would hang out at car part stores waiting for his father. Needless to say Peter learned how to wrench and recalls doing plenty of timing belt jobs since it paid the most. It wasn't until '00 where he was invited to hang out at a car shop called Guaranteed Auto. The group was made up of people from different cliques, and despite all the rivalry taking place on the island, everyone at the shop kept the peace. The next year Peter would test the waters in the world of customization with his Mazda MX-3 with basic bolt-ons, a paint job, sound system and interior upgrades. Things got serious when he picked up an '00 Civic Si. "I raced all my cars at the drag strip and at the time I swore by being naturally aspirated. But I kept losing no matter what parts I threw at it, so I upgraded to an Evo VIII. Once you go boost, you never go back." Being in the Navy, Peter was eventually assigned to Japan and he decided to let go of his beloved Evo. Eventually, driving a Skyline on the streets of Tokyo managed to dry his tears.
Peter owned a few R32s before settling on this one. "The two previous Skylines I had were gray and there were a ton of gray R32s rolling around Atsugi so when I came across the black one, I was sold. It had no rust, it was clean and a good foundation to build on." The car came with the N1 turbos and 17-inch Nismo LMGT4 wheels, but Peter knew he had the potential to make it even better. Upon closer inspection Skyline nerds will spot the extremely rare N1 trim aesthetics such as the front bumper, lightweight headlights and trunk lip. Under the hood the N1 turbo was ditched for a more potent JP turbo and tuned by the guys at STF Tuning.
"I brought my car to the first ever Fresh Tokyo meet in Odaiba and from there I was inspired to do more to my car." The finished product is what you see and the 500-plus horsepower that's powering the car. Currently Peter is back Stateside and he didn't have to let go of his Skyline the way he did his Evo. Instead, he brought it back with him and is now playing with the idea of selling imported cars from Japan. Seeing a Skyline on the streets on this side of the world won't be as uncommon as it once was, but few will be as dope as Peter's.