Thought you can never make that old car look and perform as good as new again? Well, that won’t be the case soon enough because at last, you can now restore your aging, three-decade-old Nissan Skyline.
NISMO, Nissan’s performance division has just announced that it will start producing some new replacement parts for the R32 GT-R as part of the company’s heritage program. At least 80 original R32 Skyline GT-R replacement parts will be available and will go on sale beginning December 1st. The program as we know is a joint initiative between Nissan, Autech Japan, Nissan Motor Sports and several other original parts supplier.
The full catalogue was officially revealed on the weekend at the Fuji Speedway during the Nismo Festival which happens every year. According to Nissan, it nearly has everything from brand new emblem replacements all the way to new hoses and spanking new bumpers. It can be recalled that Mazda has also made a similar announcement earlier this year after it said it will be restoring the first generation of Miatas.
But such good news isn’t something that has not been done by other automakers. Besides the two, a few other manufacturers have already been offering similar restoration programs like Porsche, Mercedes- Benz and BMW. While Nissan’s Skyline R32 first came into production in 1989 with a stint that spanned all the way to 1995, the beloved GT3-spec’d sports car has always had a special spot in the hearts of many car enthusiasts.
Nismo’s Heritage product line may just be the start of a much bigger project as Nissan wishes to extend the reproduction of spare parts to some of its old models with similar historical significance. Putting the R32 Skyline on the program’s initial production run is certainly a good choice, given the supercar’s championship records as well as for having been recently recognized as the best race car of all time by Nissan’s racing division.
The R32 has not only won in all the Japanese Touring Car championship races between 1990 to 1993 but has also had its share of other victories in between those years; twice at the Australian Touring Car Championships in 1991 and 1992 and another at the Spa 24 in 1991. If the R32 spare parts reproduction proves to be a success, we can expect a wider product range catering to R33 to R34 GT-4 models later on. While Nissan has yet to reveal what price comes with each spare part, still, it’s only a matter of days until the company will be ready to take orders.