Ok, she’s up for sale, I’m not pleased about it, but I just don’t have room and she’s not driven as much as she deserves to be. And I have three two door coupes and really need something with some level of practicality.
You’re looking at a Genuine ’97 Series 3 R33 GTR. I searched for about 2 years until finding one in the condition I required. This was going to be a toy so no hurry.
When searching, my criteria was that she must be White, Series 3, she must be super clean and have all original paint with untouched panel bolts and perfect panel gaps. She couldn’t have been running big boost and any mods would be mild and tasteful, and the engine bay would look stock. Ok I was a little fussy, the front bar where the intercooler sits had to have the black unpainted surround near the mesh intact indicating the car never had a big cooler or crumby repainting job of the front bar. There could be no repairs, rust fixes, nothing. The brake ducts had to still be in position (so many are gone for some reason) and the underside had to be as clean as the body.
I had a series 2 years ago and it was a horrible one. It had low kms and I purchased off that, but as they say, never buy these off kms, buy off condition. Things which shouldn’t have failed after 67,000 kms were failing, I suspect it had more like 250,000kms or more. I lived, and I learned.
So when I went searching again, I said I won’t look at kms as it’s so easy to wind them, so I bought off condition, and glad I did, as she has been just superb for the five years I’ve owned her.
I bought this GTR with 153,000kms and it has never missed a beat, never dropped a drip of oil and never burned oil. The coolant remains a lovely Green and never overheats and the AC is still freezing cold.
You can see from the photos that she looks stock under the hood, my last one gave trouble with the police, this one does not, and produces stronger and more responsive power than the other one ever did.
Apexi Power FC
HKS GT-SS turbos
Tien HA Fully adjustable coil overs
Enkei RPF1 10.5/+15/18 wheels
DBA 5000 slotted two piece front rotors with Ferrodo DS2500 pads
Custom race spec external 28 row oil cooler from Melbourne Performance Centre to ensure she never runs stressed
Hicas lockout bar
Nismo Coppermix Twin plate clutch.
N1 profile carbon wing was specially made using vacuum resin infused carbon, as the cheap copy that came on the car broke under the downforce at speed.
Couple of things, when I bought her, the previous owner had an aftermarket stereo in her which I removed along with all of the fat cables. I’m not interested in listening to music when driving something so tuneful so there are no rear speakers and the heavy MDF from the boot has been removed. I installed a simple head unit with removable face and it just plays through the fronts, but I never put the face on.
So last tune was prior to my ownership and showed 296KW at the wheels on the Racepace Dyno.
This car is strong, smooth and very responsive, she howls and pops and goes around corners like they’re not even there.
Is the body and interior perfect, no, there are some little marks here and there, but this is not a show car, it’s been set up to be driven. She never goes to the drags as I’m not interested in that, however I did a once off sprint to 100 using an iPhone app on a quiet straight road and she registered a 3.9sec. Never did it again, didn’t care to. Nice to know she’s fast though.
If you’re frightened of a car that’s been to the track once or twice, forget about this one, because it has been. And it was amazing, last time at Philip Island, she lapped a second faster than a Gallardo, 458, and two GT3’s, and the 458 and one of the GT3’s were on full slicks. But if you want a car you might on the odd occasion take to the island, and want confidence that she’ll last the day, and then take you home again, then take a look. Or if you want a tough, drivable street car that will be completely unstressed on the road then this may be your find.
The cooler is incredibly efficient and the handling is perfect. You can steer it on the throttle around the whole length of Southern such is its setup.
Recently had performed:
engine seals, timing belt and bearings (just in case)
Nismo clutch, spigot bearing, seals etc
all fluids changed, engine, tranny, diff, flush brake fluid and refill with Castrol SRF racing fluid
Bleed cooling system and 4WD pumps etc
all boots on front drive shafts replaced and CV’s checked and serviced.
This car came to Australia at a very young age, so she has no rust on her whatsoever, check the strut towers and all are perfect with their original paint. Check out other cars first, please look at all of them closely, look for overspray, look for removed and replaced window seals, look for odd panel gaps. Look for strangely placed GTR badge. This is what I did.
And I’ll be honest, I’m not dying to sell her, I’m not even planning to put her on car sales as I don’t want some punk coming around and wasting my time. I want it to go to someone who will appreciate the condition she’s in and who just loves GTRs.
She’s showing 168,000kms on the odo because as above, I bought on condition, and I figure I'd get a perfect chassis and body, and if the engine needs a rebuild, then she’ll be perfect, but the engine is no where near requiring this and I have no intention of a rebuild as she’s still rock solid and super tight.
I’m looking for $24,800.00 and I’ll sort the roadworthy. I have a second set of Enkei’s of the same spec with semi slicks mounted which I plan to sell separately for around $2K, however if someone gives me $25,500 for the GTR, I’ll throw in the second set.
Kindest regards, and note that due to insurance, I will be performing the test drives.
Thanks for reading.