1986 Nissan Skyline R31 GTS-X – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine


Rare and desirable JDM Skyline in top-notch condition

The R31 generation of Nissan Skyline arrived in 1986, and was loosely underpinned by the C32 Laurel.

Design-wise, it was an evolutionary step from the preceding R30, but larger, and squarer.

Body styles came in sedan, coupe and station wagon with this generation debuting the venerable line of Nissan "RB" inline-six engines.

R31s were actually locally built once upon a time, and uniquely gained a larger 3.0lt RB30 while overseas markets made do with smaller 2.0lt units. You can identify ADM models by their taillights which utilised Pintara housings instead of the iconic ‘stovetop’ tail lights.

The iconic GT-R badge was still absent in this generation of Skylines, only reappearing later with the R32. This R31 GTS-X is one of the closest sports models you could get, behind the rare GTS-R.

The GTS-X featured a 2.0lt turbo RB20 that yielded 142kW (behind the GTS-R’s 157kW).  They came standard with AM/FM radio and cassette player, 15" wheels and a split-fold rear seat.

It's party trick was its optional active "gt auto spoiler", a front air dam that would deploy and fold away for increased stability at speed. A neat retro touch from Japanese manufacturers golden era of technical excess and over-engineering.

This 1986 GTS-X on offer in Sydney presents as an absolute time capsule; with just a reported 55,701kms on the odometer, original paint and a like-new interior.

If you have your heart set on an R31 Skyline, this example would be high up on your shortlist of vehicles to inspect!

It’s listed for $30,888 and is based in Sydney.

Check out the full listing here!


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