Nissan Skyline R33 GTR V-Spec N1
- Mileage: 73,073
- Year: 1996
- MOT Expiry: March 2023
- Exterior Colour: White (QM1)
- Interior Colour: Grey Alcantara
- Top speed: 155
- 0-60mph: 5.2
- BHP: 276
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 2568cc
- Engine Configuration: Twin-turbocharged Straight 6
Like the R32 GT-R, the R33 variant was available in a choice of different specifications. Least expensive of these was the base model R33 GT-R which nevertheless offered scintillating performance in a package practical and reliable enough for everyday use. The pricier option was to go for the GTR V-spec which added stiffer spring and dampers, a lower ride height, a trick anti-lock braking system and uprated ATTESA E-TS Pro all-wheel drive with an Active Limited-Slip differential. Together, these two mainstream variants and their assorted special editions accounted for over 98% of R33 GT-R production. The remainder constituted a rarely seen and relatively little known Nismo N1 derivative – as featured here – built in a similar vein to the R32 GT-R Nismo RA: lightened, simplified and with an enhanced, more tuneable engine.
The Nismo N1 was introduced alongside the standard GT-R and GT-R V-spec in January 1995. It was based on the V-spec platform and ranked as the most expensive off-the-shelf R33 available. Unlike its R32-based predecessor (which had been conceived for Group A touring car racing), this latest Nismo hot rod was created so GT-Rs could run in the fiercely contested Japanese GT Championship.
Arguably the most significant upgrades applied to the N1 were engine-related. Nismo added a range of special equipment to include turbochargers with metal instead of ceramic turbines, altered cam profiles, reinforced areas around the cylinder head bolts, improved connecting rod bearings, thicker piston second land (increased from 4mm to 4.6mm), thinner piston ring gaps on top and second (reduced from 1.5mm to 1.2mm), a reinforced air inlet housing and a water pump with larger vanes. An air-cooled oil cooler for the engine was also added. N1 engine blocks were stamped 24U to differentiate them from regular iterations of the RB26DETT motor.
The N1 was available in just one colour – White (QM1). Special equipment included an adjustable central plane for the rear spoiler, a custom air guide and trick undertray, all of which were fashioned from carbon fibre. The weight-saving theme continued inside; each N1 was built without air-conditioning, an audio system, boot carpet or passenger side vanity mirror. Power-assisted steering, electric windows and electric mirrors were retained along with Tricot fabric for the high-backed mono-form bucket seats.
As it was not legal for competition use, the N1 was not equipped with ABS. Like the regular V-spec, it came with stiffer spring and damper rates and a lower ride height than the entry level GT-R. Brakes were supplied by Brembo.
N1 production ran from 1995 to 1998. Exactly how many N1 cars were produced is unknown although figures from www.gtr-registry.com indicate the number to be around 87.
White (QM1) paintwork, Sports seats in grey Alcantara, 17-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels, 5-speed manual gearbox, N1-specific specification: Rear spoiler with adjustable carbon fibre wing, Carbon fibre intercooler air guide, Front bumper air intake ducts, Bonnet front lip, Metal turbo turbines, Strengthened engine internals; AWD, Front air dam, Digital climate control AC, Electric windows, Electric-folding door mirrors, Leather-trimmed steering wheel, Strut braces front and rear, Pioneer MiniDisc player, Original GTR overmats.
This rare N1 R33 Skyline presents in very nice condition. Other than the rear quarters all of the paintwork appears to be original with only a few chips and minor imperfections to report. Starting at the front there is no damage to the lower front splitter and only a couple of small chips to the bumper and grille surround, both headlights and front fogs are in good condition and despite being original paint there are only a couple of small stone chips to the bonnet and edges of the front wings. Both sides are nice and straight with only a couple of chips to the side skirts and a small mark on the edge of the driver’s door. Around the rear there are no significant marks, the lights are clear and free from moisture ingress, and there is only a little discolouration to the edge of the spoiler and a small bubble on the edge of the driver’s side rear arch. The underside of the car is superb with no signs of corrosion and further benefits from a recent clear wax protection. With a few small jobs this could be an exceptional example.
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Opening the door presents an extremely tidy interior; both front seats remain in excellent condition with only a little creasing to the fabric on the driver’s side bolster; the rear seats look unused and the headlining is immaculate. The dashboard, centre console and door cards are all immaculate with no modifications other than a pioneer MiniDisc player. The steering wheel and handbrake have a little patina in-line with the car’s mileage but the gear knob and gaiter are both perfectly presented. All of the carpets are excellent and it’s nice to see a clean set of genuine Skyline GTR carpet mats. The boot area is also very tidy.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The engine bay remains in lovely condition with all original paint to the internal wings and slam panel. The engine and ancillaries present in very nice condition with no corrosion to any of the ancillary parts or bad oxidisation to the aluminium. All of the stickers are present and correct as is the under-bonnet insulation. Clearly from the history file it has always been maintained to an excellent standard and has just been serviced in April 2022.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
All of the alloy wheels are in immaculate condition free from any curb marks or scratches and are all shod in a brand new set of Nexen tyres. The car has just returned from a service and inspection and it was noted that all of the braking and suspension components are in fine working condition. They also commented on the excellent condition of the underside.
Built in September 1996 this rare Series 2 V-Spec N1 is one of only 21 N1 cars built that year, and one of only 87 produced in total. Having resided on the salt-free roads of Japan until 2015, the car remains in very sound and highly original condition throughout. It is accompanied by a raft of both Japanese and UK paperwork and most recently benefits from a full mechanical inspection and fresh service, both carried out in April 2022 at the current mileage. An English text GT-R owner’s manual is also included in the History File. The advisory-free MOT is valid until March 2023.
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