Buying my Dream Car
I’ve always had a few cars in mind when it comes to Dream cars and some have just been so far out of reach they will very likely be exactly that, just a dream car.
Being a child growing up in the 70’s and watching things like James Bond and seeing stuff like Jenson Interceptors and Ferrari Dinos on TV along with some American muscle cars i had big ideas of what i’d like but by the time i was old enough to drive most of these came with an astronomical price tag or simply so rare a young fella from a council estate was not gonna get his hands on one!
However a few on my list were within my grasp once i sorted out my finances and i’d gone through the usual types of starter cars and a few hot hatches i would finally get my chance at owning something a bit more exotic.
After having great fun in Astra GTEs and a good selection of the Ford range, Xr3i’s, Xr4x4, Xr4i, RS Turbo i switched over to Renault and both the 5 GT Turbo and 21 Turbo where fabulous.
Next came a rather dull couple of years after becoming a Dad to twins and my attempt to be a little sensible. My god i think my mind has just tried to wipe that selection of cars out!
Anyway i’m drifting here so back on track.
Some excitment came back with one of my favourite cars i’ve owned, it was a Nissan 300zx twin turbo which thankfully i managed to get the kids in the back.
Turbo cars were now back in my life and if you’ve owned one you’ll know that it’s hard to go back to a naturally aspirated car after having one.
Japanese cars would now capture all my attention for the next few years.
Next was a Subaru WRX and follwed very closely behind by a Toyota Supra with the pop out roof. 400bhp an the quickest car i’d owned.
Then came my first Dream Car.
Owning my Dream Car
First Dream Car – Nissan Skyline R32 GTR.
Wow this car was like nothing else.. Made my Supra feel slow.
The chap i bought it from had gone absolutely crazy getting everything mechanically upgraded.
The list of things done would fill this page, thousands and thousands had been spent, i could not believe how brutally fast this was.
Brand new Nur spec engine,
new turbos,tomei exhaust, uprated fuel pump, new larger injectors, strutt braces, tein suspension, endless brakes, rota wheels, stand alone ecu plus hundreds of others.
This was essentially a race car for the road. Only downside with it was the clutch which was awful and i stalled it everywhere so once i sold the supra i got a Coppermix clutch flown from japan and fitted.
Cost over 2 grand but it made it drive beautifully and now i could use it everyday like any normal car.
The power was fully adjustable and ranged from 600bhp up to just over 800bhp. It was a complete monster and would out accelerate nearly anything that came near.
I’ll do a full write up as it deserves a complete article.
Did it live up to expectations
In a word, YES!
It was insanely fast and at the same time could be driven everyday in relative comfort.
Even the fuel economy was good as long as you didn’t hoon it round everywhere.
Mind you it went down to about 6 mpg if you gunned it!
Also it looked like a fairly plain old Nissan which unless you knew about cars you really wouldn’t take much notice of.
In the end i sold it because the draw of my next dream had taken hold.
Would i have another
I would love to have another GTR or hang on let me rephrase that.
An R32, R34 or the Newer R35 i would take in a heartbeat just because they are ballistically fast and reliable.
Pound for pound you simply can’t get more performance and excitment for the money
They are infinitalely upgradeable and in such demand these days that you can have one and get a good chunk of the purchase price back when you sell,
If you can afford to buy, run and insure one then don’t think about, just do it as it will be some of the most fun you can have.
My experience with GTR will remain in my memory forever and i’ve never found that exhilaration again from any car i owned.