Update 11/27/17: Nissan formally announced the NISMO Heritage program for R32 Skyline GT-R parts last weekend. We've updated this post, originally published 04/25/2017, with new info.
Back in April, Nissan announced that it created a new division for NISMO, its in-house tuning and racing shop, that promises more sporty Nissan road cars in the future. That's all well and good, but buried in a press release for the announcement is something we find much more interesting. NISMO revealed that it's established a heritage parts program to provide new restoration parts for the R32 GT-R.
Nissan announced last week that it's putting around 80 heritage parts for the R32 GT-R into production, all of which will go on sale December 1st. A full list hasn't been provided, but NISMO says that the 80 new GT-R parts include "hoses, emblems, and other exterior components."
For a variety of reasons, some parts can't be remanufactured, but NISMO is considering a few different options to help owners replace those parts. Unfortunately, it seems that these parts are only being offered to Japanese customers for the time being.
Initially, this little bit of news totally flew under the radar. We only found it because someone on to a highlighting this announcement. In any case, Takao Katagiri, head of NISMO, announced that its heritage parts program will start with the R32 GT-R, and if successful, will expand to include the R33 and R34 GT-Rs and other historically significant Nissan performance cars.
Many spare parts for the R32 GT-R have been out of production for a number of years, and others are just hard to find. Plus, it's more reassuring to by parts directly from the OEM.
Notably, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and other automakers have similar programs to support their classic cars. What's seems funny, is that, yes, the R32 Skyline GT-R is now old enough to be considered a classic in Nissan's view.
When it was new, the R32 GT-R featured cutting-edge tech, like fully-variable all-wheel drive, a turbocharged straight-six, and rear-wheel steering. It's stuff like this that makes it hard to believe that the earliest R32 GT-Rs are nearly 30 years old at this point.
NISMO's new heritage parts program is, to be clear, a marketing program to help promote its brand, but one we can get behind. Any program designed to help keep R32 GT-Rs on the road is good in our eyes.