1996 Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R V-Spec – Reader Ride
When the GT-R bug got hold of owner Rhys, the R33 was just impossible to go past
It’s a 1996 Nissan Skyline R33 Series 2 V-spec GT-R, I’ve owned it for almost three years – I bought it back in 2017.
It was bone stock! It was so stock it that it even had the one thing which a lot of them don’t have anymore, and that’s the boost olive in the boost line.
It was still running the factory 7psi of boost, stock exhaust, not a thing had been touched. It even still has the stock stereo in it.
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I picked the R33 I suppose, because when it came down to it, it was a budget thing.
At the same time, with the R34s – don’t get me wrong I would love one I’m not going to lie, but even three years ago they were already prohibitively expensive.
I was looking at R32s when I first started looking into GT-Rs, but there were inherent problems with the oiling system, with the crank, and the oil pump.
I didn’t know 100% about them, and I didn’t know that there were things that a lot of people got onto fixing really fast. So I sort of erred on the side of caution and strayed away from them, for example it’s really hard to tell if someone’s put a crank collar on something.
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I also found out that the Series 1 R33s, some of the earlier models still had that same problem so I steered away from those too, which left me with the 1996 Series 2.
It was in my budget, and they had relatively little issues. I also suppose the other defining factor was that someone let me drive one!
One of my friends let me drive his, and I just fell in love with it.
My favourite thing about it is the sound, the sound of the RB26 engine is just so iconic. And obviously, being an all-wheel drive car, it handles like it’s on rails at high speeds. Its point-and-shoot nature was something else that really attracted me to it.
At the end of the day, who doesn’t want to say that they own a GT-R!?
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