1989 Nissan Skyline Passage GT: Reader Ride

By: Chris Saunders

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Chris Saunders' 1989 Nissan Skyline Passage GT Chris Saunders' 1989 Nissan Skyline Passage GT Chris Saunders' 1989 Nissan Skyline Passage GT
Chris Saunders' 1989 Nissan Skyline Passage GT Chris Saunders' 1989 Nissan Skyline Passage GT Chris Saunders' 1989 Nissan Skyline Passage GT
Chris Saunders' 1989 Nissan Skyline Passage GT Chris Saunders' 1989 Nissan Skyline Passage GT Chris Saunders' 1989 Nissan Skyline Passage GT
Chris Saunders' 1989 Nissan Skyline Passage GT Chris Saunders' 1989 Nissan Skyline Passage GT Chris Saunders' 1989 Nissan Skyline Passage GT
Chris Saunders' 1989 Nissan Skyline Passage GT Chris Saunders' 1989 Nissan Skyline Passage GT Chris Saunders' 1989 Nissan Skyline Passage GT

Chris Saunders has a few Skylines but bought this one from his friend because of its originality

 

1989 Nissan Skyline Passage GT

I haven’t owned the Skyline for very long; it used to be a friend’s and I bought it from him a few months ago. I’ve got quite a few of these, but when my mate decided to sell his I wanted a really clean and original one. It’s hard to chase originality all the time and fix stupid things people do to them, so he kind of pestered me to buy it because he really didn’t want to sell it to anyone else.

It’s a Japanese import, and everything in it is original. Even the strut bar was a factory item. I really love the originality. The plan is basically to tidy it up, fixing stone chips and a couple of blemishes on the rear. There are a few little car park bumps and scratches that have happened over the years.

Because it’s a pillarless four-door, it’s a Passage GT. This one’s top of the range, with the twin-cam, turbo and all that sort of stuff. The performance is great; just before I bought it the head was reconditioned and it’s got a new gasket and all that. It probably drives better than it did originally but, compared to my dad’s or the others I have, it’s definitely not a jet.

There’s nothing about it that really bothers me, so there’s not too much that I want to really do with it. The main thing I want is for it to stay original. It drives nowhere near as well as some of my more modified ones, but it’s nice to have just to remember where it all started.

If it ever came down to me selling the car, it’d have to go to someone I knew would keep looking after it.

 

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