While there hasn't exactly been a flood of R32 Skyline overwhelming the import scene in America of late, we will admit to seeing a lot more of them locally in the last six years, no doubt because of the so-called 25-year rule that allows importation of "antique" cars. We expect R33 to start growing in number, too, since they now qualify, but if you're thinking about importing, you may want to hold off on bringing over that '90s Skyline GT- R for a bit (in addition to saving up a lot of your pennies). That's because Nissan's performance division NISMO just announced an extremely comprehensive restoration program for the R32, R33 and R34 GT-R that takes the car down to its most basic elements before rebuilding it to factory fresh, with the option of bringing it back better than how it started.
The initiative is an extension of Nissan's Heritage Parts Program and at a minimum disassembles the car before scanning the unibody and measuring it for rigidity and flexibility and then balancing the chassis. Customers are then given the choice of taking the car down to bare metal and even respraying their GT-R in a different original color. Body sealer, sound deadening, and protective undercoating are all restored.
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RB26DETTs are torn down, blueprinted and machined if required, and if you want, you can have it NISMO tuned; then the inline-6 mills are bench tested. Drivetrain components are disassembled, inspected, and then either overhauled or freshened with new parts. Suspension bits all get new rubber bushings, while shocks, springs and arms are evaluated for replacement and arms repainted if needed. Brake calipers are rebuilt, lines replaced if they need it, and the master cylinder is pressure tested, too. Brackets are refinished and every nut and bolt exchanged for new ones.
Steering, cooling and A/C are all tested and overhauled or repaired, as is all the electronics like the ECU and audio. Original upholstery is not available due to current flame retardant standards, but NISMO's smart alternative is to offer the same material used on the R35 GT-R's seats. If clients prefer to keep the interior original, NISMO will clean off, repair, and reuse what came in the car. After reassembly, the car is then dynoed and taken for evaluation on a Nissan test course with a NISMO test driver at the helm. Owners are returned a restored GT-R along with a complete report breaking down what inspections found, what was done to the car, and which parts were refurbished or replaced. Each vehicle that goes through the program also gets a special metal plate indicating it is an officially NISMO restored car.
And now, to bring everyone back down to earth - as already mentioned, this is NISMO in Japan, so unless your '90s GT-R is already there, you're gonna have to get it there. This program does not appear to cover older Skyline GT-R from the early '70s, which weren't that great in number anyway. And finally, the restoration takes between six months and a year, depending on what you have done, and they're quoting a price of about 45 million yen for the process, which sounds like a lot, and is; it comes out to about $433k in US currency by today's exchange rate. NISMO will actually source a vehicle for you if you want, but obviously the cost goes up even more. A factory-fresh '90s Skyline GT-R in this day and age is damn tempting, but NISMO's price of admission for its resto program will have us eating ramen for decades.