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Old 24th November 2013, 11:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Re: How many of the UK BCNR33 GT-R's still exist?

Hello everybody! I've been a big fan of all of Nissan's GT-R's for many years now but my personal favourite has always been the R33 model. I don't know why but this type of performance car seems to be the most unloved when it's compared with the older R32's and newer R34's that share a similar RB26DETT engine!



The BNR34 GT-R's are well documented in the Andy Butler/Dennis Gorodji/Alex Gorodji books and especially on this forum too, So I asked in another thread if anyone on here knew if the R33 GT-R's were also manufactured in the same Murayama and Tochigi factories that built all the R34's? Did the same Yokohama and Kohki (N1 only) plants produce RB26DETT engines for the R33's like they did for the R34 GT-R's?? Does anyone know these questions answers?

These then spawned more thoughts so I have loads of other boring questions regarding BCNR33 GT-R's and their motoring history (like why did the UK only get a choice of four body colours when Japan had six and why did we have ours called different names like the classic Midnight Purple - LP2 was advertised as Tyrian Purple in the UK??) but the number one "Nerdy" topic of interest for me at the moment has got to be just how many of the one hundred UK R33 GT-R's sold By Middlehurst still survive?



Fellow forum member R33JONO has already told me that two of the original Sonic Silver/Platinum Silver (KP4) press cars (registrations "R1 GTR & R2 GTR" respectively) have already met their end and a lack of public DVLA records would seem to confirm this fact....

Only "R3 GTR" is still on record with them and was registered 01/08/1997. Is this car No3 out of the possible 100? Does anybody on actually here know for sure?? Does anyone have an interest or care?

Currently there are three UK R33's for sale. The two I've managed to get dates for are Midnight Purple/Tyrian Purple (LP2) - "R97 SDB" that was registered on 08/12/1997 and Deep Marine Blue/Sapphire Blue - "R852 TNR" that came to life on 10/02/1998 but I have no idea which numbers these vehicles are but surely someone on here does.

I did see a Black/Kuro Black (KH3) GT-R for sale on eBay not so long ago but failed to record the registration before the item disappeared so I could find out when this vehicle was registered in the UK.

So does anyone else on here fancy helping me start up an online list and joining in so we can try to find out what R33's colours were the most popular, when the most cars were sold/registered and how many are now left on the UK's roads?


Cheers, Sean!
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Old 25th November 2013, 05:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 25th November 2013, 10:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Mine still exists and I don't understand your comment/s about "unloved"

Everybody knows that the R33 is was and still is the best styled Skyline ever!!

The R32 was the proto type
The R33 was perfect
The R34 was a games station on wheels!

That should help start the old debate about which Skyline is "best"

PS Oh, and it's Midnight Purple to and not Battleship Gay !! (like wot R32's are)
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Nissan owned the number plates but when they sold the cars the plates were changed... I think they are still out there

when UK exchange rates went bad a few years back before the euro crisis lots of cars went to the EU mainland as it was cheap to buy

R33's have there fans :-)
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Old 25th November 2013, 11:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
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No. 69 (i think that's the right number) is still alive and well
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Was this the Kuro black one you mentioned?

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Mine still exists and I don't understand your comment/s about "unloved"

Everybody knows that the R33 is was and still is the best styled Skyline ever!!

The R32 was the proto type
The R33 was perfect
The R34 was a games station on wheels!

That should help start the old debate about which Skyline is "best"

PS Oh, and it's Midnight Purple to and not Battleship Gay !! (like wot R32's are)
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Just edited the above list as No 69 isn't my car.
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[b]Also is Steve's car an official UK car or an import?[/i]
I have no idea Jags, I did note that it had a JDM front bumper and not a UK item though. I added Steve to the list above because why would a GT-R enthusiast here on this forum want to mess up the list by lying to us all??
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LOL! I don't think he's lying at all, but probably just needs to clarify if his is one of the 100 "official" cars. Perhaps it could be one of the 20 pre-official Middlehurst cars
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hi jags , could you tell us more about the 20 pre series ?

were these also spec 3 ?
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Nothing particularly special about them, Middlehurst imported 20 cars which sold pretty quickly and cemented the decision to bring in the 100 "official" cars with the specific UK market parts fitted
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did middlehurst test some of their own parts on these ....clocks , lights , indicators...

i may think that i own one these ... but it's not a model 3.
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I don't think they did, certainly not from an outward appearance anyway, however, they did have UK spec clocks. I remember seeing one before and it looked like a normal spec 2
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Well, my fathers has RxxxGTR, which is definitely a spec 3 car, as it has red inserts in the seats.
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I have a UK R33 GTR which I acquired a few weeks ago. It's a 1997 Middlehurst 500R Spec in Red.
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I have #74 I think. It's in a sorry state and needs work which I intend to do to bring it back to life.
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I have a UK R33 GTR which I acquired a few weeks ago. It's a 1997 Middlehurst 500R Spec in Red.
Nope, red was not an option. Check the VIN plate, they're different for UK cars...
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Edit: Also MattJ has had two UK cars from new. The first of which is now dead and the other which he still owns and has a big project thread on here
My first R33 was an import which I traded for a new UK car in Feb '99.
I've also owned Rocket Ronnie's old car which was 1 of the 20 Middlehurst imports.
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Nope, red was not an option. Check the VIN plate, they're different for UK cars...
It was registered in the UK 14/07/1997, it was modified from new at Middleshurst by Rod Bell to 500R spec. It was purchased new at Middlehurst so I assume it's a UK Spec Car.
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My first R33 was an import which I traded for a new UK car in Feb '99.
I've also owned Rocket Ronnie's old car which was 1 of the 20 Middlehurst imports.
My bad, I knew it was something like that
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