We learned last week that NISMO is going to start making brand new parts for the R32 Skyline GT-R again. This is great news for enthusiasts, who will be able to restore and drive their cars, and also great for the automaker, who can feel good about supporting enthusiasts while keeping examples of their best creations on the road. Perhaps other Japanese car companies will take a page from Nissan’s book and do the same.
Which car should automakers make reproduction parts for next?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s the greatest Skyline?”
While we at JNC are partial to the Hakosuka, Tom Westmacott‘s R32 response was the best this week, a sentiment echoed by the many commenters who supported him. He makes a compelling case:
This is a tough question since the Skyline has been a prince among cars since its birth, and is perhaps the best-loved domestic nameplate in Japan. Since JNC focuses on the overseas appreciation of Japanese cars, I would nominate the breakout global hit of the Skyline line – the R32 GTR.
In the mid-80s Nissan decided to reinvigorate their legend, investing it with ‘hypercar-level’ technology with four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, active diffs, and the RB26DETT engine. First it won over Japan, dominating both circuit and touge, before heading to Australia to do the same, beating Ford and Holden on their own turf. From here, the Skyline went on to win fame at the Nurburgring and across Europe, before finally cracking the USA.
The R32 was the pivotal car in the Skyline’s global fame; our knowledge of the classic Skylines springs from the impact made by the ‘new GTR’ in the 90s, while equally Nissan’s ability to sell the range-topping R35 GTR around the world today stems from the image the R32 forged in competition. This includes competition both of the organised circuit kind and the, shall we say, unofficial flavour where innocent traffic lights become nocturnal zero-yon countdowns or the road up to a mountain village turns into a special stage.
The R32 GTR is a legend in all its forms, but I were to pick one car it would be the first-year 1989 car, in classic gunmetal with those lovely five-spoke alloys.
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