Paul Walker’s 1989 Nissan Skyline R32

by | Jan 9, 2020

Photo Credit: Barrett-Jackson Auction Company

Paul Walker’s 1989 Nissan Skyline R32

by | Jan 9, 2020

Photo Credit: Barrett-Jackson Auction Company

YEAR

1989

MODEL

Skyline R32

MANUFACTURER

Nissan

CHASSIS NUMBER

2BG51214232010127

AUCTION COMPANY

Barrett-Jackson

AUCTION DATE

January 16

The late actor, Paul Walker, was famed for driving high-powered, wheeling automobiles in the Fast & Furious films. It turns out he was also a collector of cars off-screen. Barrett-Jackson will be auctioning 21 of the Walker machines at Scottsdale in January. 

It seems Walker had a passion for BMWs, but the listing of his cars also includes a pair of Chevrolet station wagons. Then there is this vehicle with a decided cult following, the 1989 Nissan Skyline R32.

These cars were something of a mystery for many years, a tantalizing rumor. Then laws were changed, and it became possible to import any vehicle at least 25 years old as long as it met the emissions requirements in its home country. Since 2014, quite a few R32s have made their way to the US. 

The R32s were desired by many. Some of the enticing specs included the engine — a 2.6-liter twin-turbo 24-valve straight-6. The stock horsepower is 276, with torque at 260, but many have been tuned well beyond that. There’s a good reason the engine is nicknamed, “Godzilla.” 

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The cars weigh in just over 3,000 pounds, and with the stock engine it’s said to achieve 0-60 mph in about 4.5 seconds with a top speed around 112 mph. Getting all the power to the ground is the ATTESA all-wheel-drive system with an electronic center differential and mechanical, limited-slip diffs front and rear. Combine these aggressive characteristics with all-wheel steering, and this car qualifies for legendary status. 

Being a domestic Japanese product, all Skyline R32s are right-hand drive. They certainly look the part of a supercar — with wide grilles at the front to allow airflow into large radiators. Walker ‘s R32 car has been upgraded for track duty. The wide fender flares give the car a ready stance, and the interior is stripped and framed by a full roll cage. The color is finished in Gun Gray Metallic, and it rides on Enkei RPF1 wheels fitted with appropriate, fat rubber. 

This is just the sort of car one expected to see Paul Walker speeding through one of the many, Fast & Furious films. 

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