Interesting question....Owned a Renault 19 16v for a year. Nice looking car (gold 17" wheels) with good handling but cost as much as the value of the car to keep on the road (loads went wrong) and traction in the wet was poor. Decided to go for 4wd turbo car and had 10k budget. Choice was mitsi gto, impreza or R32 GTR. Same as Steve, playstation 'allowed' me a test drive and saw how much the engine could be tuned. Therefore my 400 bhp R32 is a mere baby in terms of power output. (like the NSX GT racer in GT2 though )
My first interest came from a car magazine(Top Car) in 1989, A personal import had been bought from World Import cars brought in via Jersey for tax purposes. At the time I hoped one day to have one ( even if it is a GTS Non turbo, still a Skyline anyway!!). But I have 6 videos from the Australian Touring car series 1991 through to 1993 including Bathurst. Inwhich the Skyline GT-R (Godzilla) kicked ass in virtually every round, definately worth having on video. It was that good that they eventually banned it by pulling the plug on Turbo cars, the same hapened here. Thats where my interest started, and has got to apoint where is an obssesion now. As my wife would say "Skyline this...Skyline that, don't you talk about anything else!!!" Even my 5 year old Daughter pointed out a GT-R the other day...I even missed it!!!!.
Reckoned it was time to change up from my Laguna Executive (Full Williams Bodykit + Koni/Eibach suspension) to something a bit less ordinary.
Went to look at a Scooby and saw a Skyline sitting in the corner of the garage, figured it was out of my price range , then got a pleasant surprise when it turned out they could get me one within my budget.
I wanted a car with performance, feel, looks and individuality. I think I've got it
My reason is quite like Paul's.
I used to watch all the Aussie Touring Car racing and the R32 GT-R destroyed everything in it's path. I wanted one ever since then and finally got my hands on one in '99. And now I know that it is the most usable 'supercar' (for normal drivers like me) on the planet.
Most of my cars through the 70's & 80's & 90's were V8's, except a V12 XJ-S (customised body, manual box, and nitrous oxide).
De Tomaso Pantera (from '83) & Longchamp (from '89) both very modified. (V.KR15 reg. now for sale)
Our club ran Supercar Test Days at Castle Combe & Goodwood, and I first saw a Skyline (R32) at one of our events in the early 90's.
Sometimes we'd have 2 or 3 attending, and I became impressed with the 'great performance' with 'no fuss'.
I decided I'd have one one day, for an 'everyday' car.
That day happenned in '97.
No regrets (except all the other cars had 2 exhausts)
I must admit in a sad way my interest in the Skyline was based on both Gran Turismo, and a friend who - after purchasing a Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo - took me out for a drive in it and I was completely blown away.
That, and the fact that they are received with a certain level of respect and awe by local bystanders (who are more used to seeing boy racers in silver 106/206's and Saxos)
In my search for a performance car (mid-life crisis as my wife calls it) I hired a Porsche Boxster S for the weekend and was swaning around being Mr Swanky pants when I met a R34 V-Spec at the lights. Needless to say a fair amount of eyeballing was done by both of us and he left me standing when the Green showed.
That was it I was hooked on the beautiful rear end (some think its ugly but it really is unique design) and the overall package. However a R34 V-Spec was out of my price range so I picked up my R34 25 GTT quite reasonably.
I am still grinning from ear to ear and as has been said before "Real life Grand Turismo"
Interesting story R34 GTT Boy. I am getting an R34 GT-t in about 2 and a half years time when I am 18. I couldn't afford a GTR at that time so a GT-t will do for me. Have you got any pics of your R34 GT-t?
I changed up to my Skyline from an Evo 5.
I felt that it was just not strong enough and was
going to cost a lot of wonga to tune with not a lot
of gain in ponies.
The same amount of money was going to get a lot
more power from the Skyline.
Also not so many Skylines as Evo's.