These days, buying a vintage Toyota Supra will set you back more than buying a new one. Instead of making a tough choice between a ’90s Supra and a down payment on a house, why not save some money and get even more attention at the local meetup with this JDM legend 1989 Nissan Skyline R32 on sale at Japanese Classics right now for a more reasonable $16,495?
Now, this isn’t the famous GT-R “Godzilla” Skyline R32; that car can be quite a bit more expensive. But the GTS-t Type M is still a rather special version. It has a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline six that delivered 212hp and 195lb-ft out of the box.It’s rear-wheel drive (the GT-R is AWD) and weighs just 2,844 pounds, which puts it near the power-to-weight ratio of the beloved Honda S2000.
This Skyline R32 comes with a five-speed manual and right-hand drive (because, y’know, it’s imported from Japan). When new, this car accelerated from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds, which is amazingly quick for 1989.
While the Skyline R32 is a known favorite of tuners, this example is virtually 100-percent stock beneath the skin, even down to the clutch and the exhaust. The body also appears to be in excellent shape for a car this age not kept behind glass. It even has a still-functional factory-spec retractable front splitter.
This R32 does have 131,000 miles on the odometer, but don’t consider that a weakness. After all, if you’re buying a 30-year-old Japanese car you plan to drive, you want one that’s been driven regularly and well-maintained.