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Watching Nismo Restore an R32 Skyline GT-R Will Make You Drool

Road & Track logo Road & Track 3/3/2021 Chris Perkins
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This video appears to be from November 2019, but Nismo posted it to YouTube today, and I can't believe I haven't seen it sooner. It's footage of techs carrying out a bare-metal restoration on an R32 Skyline GT-R and the end result is stunning. It's basically a brand-new 1989 GT-R, which you'd expect given the $430,000 cost for one of these cars.

And, after watching this clip, I'm starting to think the price might be worth it. Sure, you can get a clean R32 GT-R for around $50,000 in the U.S., but that car won't have the attention lavished on it as this one does. Every single component on this car is new or refurbished to perfection, and the fully rebuilt RB26 straight-six is dyno tested before it goes in the car. The complete car gets a shakedown on track, too, but not before Nismo techs cover up the perfect paintwork.

a person standing in front of a car: I think I have a new dream car. © Nismo - YouTube I think I have a new dream car.

You just know something like this would be excellent to drive, feeling as fresh, if not fresher, than it was on the day it left the factory. Plus, the satisfaction you'd get from knowing the car was pored over at Nismo's legendary Omori factory would be tremendous.

But, if you can't afford the price tag for a bare-metal restoration of your R32 GT-R, take solace in the fact that Nismo now offers new parts for the car. And if you need me, I'll be daydreaming of flame-spitting Group A GT-Rs.

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