Spotted in Asakusa – HR32 Nissan Skyline
It’s not often that you get the chance to see a standard skyline these days. Even in Australia or New Zealand where many of these vehicles ended up, the vast majority of Skylines end up being modified either for looks or performance. But this isn’t in Australia or New Zealand … this immaculate example still lives in Japan, and I had the chance to spot it parked just behind Sensō-ji Temple.
Hands down, even from a dozen metres away this HR32 was obviously immaculate. On further inspection it also had a few extra quirks worth documenting too. One of which is the wheels! Look at these things! I’ve seen a few optional wheels from Nissan around this time, but nothing like these. Although they appear to bear the Skyline insignia in a way that looks very OEM, they also appear to be multi-piece. Who knows how much these must have been when the car was new, but there wasn’t a scuff or scratch on any of them.
Glancing through the window, it was even clearer just how well looked after this old girl was. A neat towel resting on the steering wheel, and a perfect, standard interior. Also worth noting the Manual gearbox not necessarily the sort of thing you would expect to see on such a well kept car, and neat little cigarette powered analogue clock.
On the back of the car, another little hint as to the owner of the vehicle. A quick search of the name ‘Leaf Garage‘ lead me to this small business in Yokohama which appears to mainly focus on British sports cars. Sifting through their website, the page appears to be filled with Mini’s and other lightweight classics, but clearly someone affiliated with the business also has a soft-spot for local cars too.
In a way it’s sad that you don’t see cars like this any more. So many of these once respected cars ended up being re-purposed as race-cars that I think we’re getting close to loosing a sense of what majestic vehicles they once were when new. Further, with the opening up of importation laws into America, what few examples are left on the ground in Japan will probably soon dry up as well. That said, I really hope this never leaves, as I can’t imagine a more loving owner than the one who currently holds it’s key.
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