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RE: Nissan Skyline GT-R (R33): Spotted

RE: Nissan Skyline GT-R (R33): Spotted

Thursday 10th August

Nissan Skyline GT-R (R33): Spotted

With R32 prices on the rise and R34s apparently without limit, could the time be now for an R33?



The rise in used values for various Skyline GT-Rs - thanks to a global Skyline Gran Turismo fascination, and the availability of cars in the US - is a much discussed topic on PH. Where once upon a time (a time not that long ago) you could buy an R32 GT-R NISMO for £15K, that's no longer the case. Really, really not the case.


Same goes for the R34 of course, its status helped by starring roles in the Fast & Furious movies and a wealth of video games. Oh yeah, and it was fairly exceptional to drive. UK cars very seldom come up for sale, while the very best JDM imports now well above £50K.

So what about an R33 GT-R? It's never been the favourite, heavier than the R32 and less brutally attractive than the R34, though of course it shares so much with what defines those cars. The twin-turbo RB26 is officially in the same state of tune, all the clever four-wheel drive tech is present and, while the styling may be a bit blobby in places, there are still some trademark GT-R cues present. It's hard to imagine anybody mistaking it for anything other than one of those Skylines, basically.

Arguably the R33 has been tuned more than either of the other generations, perhaps because it's taken until now for truly mint ones to be appreciated. Even this silver UKGT-R, one of just 100 ever imported, has been tickled to 400hp. Nobody can help themselves!


But then there's this GT-R. It is mechanically standard, a point that will be repeated for emphasis: this 20-year-old Nisan Skyline GT-R is mechanically standard. Hang on, that exhaust look rather large, doesn't it? Alright, as standard as you're going to get in 2017. The wheels have been swapped too (but look superb) and the driver's seat is aftermarket, though otherwise it's bone stock. Or whatever the phrase is now. A bone stock Series 3 R33 as well, with the last raft of improvements before the R34's introduction.

That this car comes with a Japanese service history, two years of dry use in the UK and just 80,000 recorded miles are all good signs. Missing grille aside it could be said the R33 is even starting to look pretty good as well, though that could be supporting the underdog cause a little too strongly...


The price? £16,999. Not perhaps the bargain R33 Skylines once were, but still very tempting in the current market for Japanese performance. Heck, for all performance cars. Against something like this lovely RX-7 the Nissan maybe doesn't compare too favourably, but when a JDM E36 M3 was for sale at £20K with more miles the Nissan looks better value. Swings and roundabouts, isn't it?

For canny GT-R buyers the R33 looks like the place to spend your money now. They've risen with the other models, yet with US imports a little way off and the others still in high demand, they haven't skyrocketed yet. And surely you heard the same about R32s a few years ago, didn't you?


NISSAN SKYLINE GT-R (R33)
Engine:
 2,568cc 6-cyl twin-turbo
Power (hp): 280@6,800rpm
Torque (lb ft): 271@4,400rpm
MPG: N/A
CO2: N/A
First registered: 1998
Recorded mileage:82,000
Price new: c. £50,000
Yours for: £16,995

See the original advert here

 

 

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amckay

Original Poster:

17 posts

20 months

Thursday 10th August
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The R33 always looked more sorted from its stance than the R32 to me, particularly the front. Definitely a GT-R and agree it's a smart buy if you want in.

Beyond £30k, it's difficult for me to imagine not veering off to Supra, RX-7 or even NSX at a point. They all have great Super-90s-Japanese night racer (only Special Stage 5 ofc) vibes for me.

Joeguard1990

775 posts

48 months

Thursday 10th August
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Haven't read the actual advert yet, but that front end definitely isn't standard.

Durzel

5,741 posts

90 months

Thursday 10th August
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Prices just seem to be nuts on cars at the moment, I guess it's the whole zero capital gains tax element of them. I sold my R33 GTR LM Limited for £21k back in 2003... should've kept it for depreciation proof motoring smile

GregMac

18 posts

43 months

Thursday 10th August
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Just stumbled across this gem on eBay. Make sure you're sitting down first.

KarlMac

2,799 posts

63 months

Thursday 10th August
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I've taken the gamble, although mine is far from standard it's a pretty desirable spec for anyone wanting to go for big power. I'm not looking to retire on the profits but I'm hoping in a few years it will cover what its cost me while I get to own one of the iconic Japanese supercars of the 90s.

Gratuitous pic inbound



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amckay

Original Poster:

17 posts

20 months

Thursday 10th August
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GregMac said:
Just stumbled across this gem on eBay. Make sure you're sitting down first.
Wow! Impressive car, but I'm staggered that it's sitting in that garage priced £15k above a RHD F430 Scudaria. We're getting to turbo 996 levels of outrage now.

KarlMac

2,799 posts

63 months

Thursday 10th August
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amckay said:
GregMac said:
Just stumbled across this gem on eBay. Make sure you're sitting down first.
Wow! Impressive car, but I'm staggered that it's sitting in that garage priced £15k above a RHD F430 Scudaria. We're getting to turbo 996 levels of outrage now.
It is for sale at 4star, so you can comfortably knock of a digit from the front or the end.

xjay1337

8,549 posts

40 months

Thursday 10th August
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amckay said:
GregMac said:
Just stumbled across this gem on eBay. Make sure you're sitting down first.
Wow! Impressive car, but I'm staggered that it's sitting in that garage priced £15k above a RHD F430 Scudaria. We're getting to turbo 996 levels of outrage now.
RIP Paul Walker, all I can say.

IMO the R33 looks the most dated of them all.
I'd rather have an R32, I think they look awesome, especially in the Calsonic colours! smile

Ferosferio

267 posts

72 months

Thursday 10th August
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KarlMac said:
I've taken the gamble, although mine is far from standard it's a pretty desirable spec for anyone wanting to go for big power. I'm not looking to retire on the profits but I'm hoping in a few years it will cover what its cost me while I get to own one of the iconic Japanese supercars of the 90s.

Gratuitous pic inbound

Lovely. Looks like you've been sensible with exterior mods. It's in the best colour too. The 33 has always been the sweet spot for me in terms of looks - 32 is a bit dated and the 34 is too angular for my taste.

Agent XXX

639 posts

28 months

Thursday 10th August
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I had a lovely black R33 V Spec. M207 SGW

One of the few cars I truly regret getting rid of. An EPIC thing to drive.

I understand that, sadly, it was written off not long after I sold it on frown

davidcharles

388 posts

116 months

Thursday 10th August
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i had 6 brill years in a uk spec GTR...was much less hassle to insure and run than i thought. The reason they are so often tuned is because its sooo easy to get good gains. Mine had simple exhaust / induction tweaks and boost set to just under 1bar and it made 370bhp and was fantastic. If money and the wife would let me , i would have another.

Resolutionary

490 posts

93 months

Thursday 10th August
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The trouble I find with Skylines is this; a great many people with 'lesser' models than GT-Rs tend to try and emulate them to the point it can actually be quite difficult to discern the real from the improvised without a proper inspection.

Not necessarily a criticism, although I personally would steer clear of anything Japanese with a significant modding / younger cult following on the basis of examples for sale usually being a bit shagged and / or undesirably / poorly tweaked.

That said, I do enjoy the sound they make - R32 is the pick for me but I am always impressed at some of the 33s I see at shows with lots of money spent on them (not so much the skidders / sh*tters).

AmosMoses

2,579 posts

87 months

Thursday 10th August
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Shhhhh! I really bloody want one so dont push the prices up hehe

Rogue Traders

2 posts

2 months

Thursday 10th August
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Lovely Cars !!

Iceicebaby1980

25 posts

20 months

Thursday 10th August
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A friend of mine has had 3 of these in the past. He said the running costs were astronomical

KarlMac

2,799 posts

63 months

Thursday 10th August
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Iceicebaby1980 said:
A friend of mine has had 3 of these in the past. He said the running costs were astronomical
I wouldn't want to run mine daily, but now it qualifies for classic insurance it's not that bad to run as a toy.

CrisW

513 posts

115 months

Thursday 10th August
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Resolutionary said:
The trouble I find with Skylines is this; a great many people with 'lesser' models than GT-Rs tend to try and emulate them to the point it can actually be quite difficult to discern the real from the improvised without a proper inspection.

Not necessarily a criticism, although I personally would steer clear of anything Japanese with a significant modding / younger cult following on the basis of examples for sale usually being a bit shagged and / or undesirably / poorly tweaked.

That said, I do enjoy the sound they make - R32 is the pick for me but I am always impressed at some of the 33s I see at shows with lots of money spent on them (not so much the skidders / sh*tters).
The easy way is to look at the chassis code under the bonnet.

At a glance the dash and/or the engine itself (RB26 is quite visually distinct from the RB25) is usually a pretty good clue. Whilst some take the time to fit the wide arches, spoilers etc few bother with the engine/dash changes.

Resolutionary

490 posts

93 months

Thursday 10th August
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CrisW said:
The easy way is to look at the chassis code under the bonnet.

At a glance the dash and/or the engine itself (RB26 is quite visually distinct from the RB25) is usually a pretty good clue. Whilst some take the time to fit the wide arches, spoilers etc few bother with the engine/dash changes.
Good call, but I rarely take that much of an interest anymore - perhaps I've become more blase over the years due to the amount of bdization on offer. Same can be said about most cars with performance (or 'more' performance) equivalents to be fair.

Titan2

8 posts

18 months

Thursday 10th August
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GregMac said:
Just stumbled across this gem on eBay. Make sure you're sitting down first.
It's just a bit crazy and stupid that price!!

There's something wrong when you would need to have that sort of money to get into a 34 like that now...

How much are the Z-Tune cars now,500k plus?

Still that is a really nice car but even though I'm huge JDM fan and even bigger Skyline fan I just couldn't pay that money for one,lucky I don't have the money for it anyway.


vtecyo

1,798 posts

51 months

Thursday 10th August
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I knew I should have bought one of these two years ago.