NISSAN AND its performance arm Nismo are among the current day pioneers in factory classic car support; they are incrementally releasing newly reproduced parts and components to support the restoration and preservation of R32-R34 Skyline GT-Rs through their Heritage Parts program.
The program was launched mid-last year, initially with factory replacement parts for the R32-generation GT-R only (1989-1994). The initial release consisted mostly of small engine hoses and rubber trims, before expanding to cover the R33 (1995-1998) and R34 (1999-2002) generations at the end of 2018, offering newly reproduced bumpers, lamp assemblies and exterior and engine seals.
Now Nismo has announced a third expansion, arguably the most significant one yet.
Incredibly, Nismo is putting the lauded 2.6lt inline-six RB26 engine back into production after it was reported a number of years ago that engine casting would cease. You’re now able to head on down to your local Nissan parts department, and order a brand new RB26 engine block and cylinder head.
The engine block and head wear a “manufacturer’s suggested retail price” of 170,000JPY (AU$2173) and 187,000JPY (AU$2390) respectively.
For the R33 and R34 generations, Nismo is now offering new replacement wiper motors and assemblies, and windscreen washer bottles. The R32 however, is the big winner from this new expansion in terms of the parts range.
New rear quarter panels, roof panels, front and rear bumpers, as well as an entirely new reproduction OEM muffler, fuel pump and engine harness are now available for the R32. It can be reasonably expected that the R33 and R34 generations will see the same in a future release.
If you’ve been paying attention to the latemodel Japanese market, these Skylines have exploded in value over the past few years, and have subsequently seen similar market price rises for hard-to-come-by components that, until now, were no longer produced.
Nismo’s Heritage Parts program should see a welcome stabilisation to used-parts market pricing, where a used short-block can set you back $5000 alone, and OEM mufflers and bumpers often wear hefty asking prices up to double or triple what they would have commanded 10 years ago.
Nissan is likely privy to the booming used parts market – especially in America where its 25 -year import rule is only now seeing the first R33 GT-Rs legally driven on the road. The Yokohama brand may be seeking to cut their own slice of the cake, but regardless, a new parts supply of this calibre should be applauded, and should be a welcome move for those looking to restore their 90s dream machines.
We would love to see other car makers show the same support for their storied backcatalogues, helping owners keep their beloved cars on the road.