Remembering Japanese cars from the past

Down on the Street: Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec BNR33

Yesterday was a great day for spotting Nissan Skylines: during the morning I tried to find a shortcut through my home town as I was in a hurry and BAM! I spotted this white Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec BNR33!

Later that day my wife phoned me while I was driving, so I pulled over and spoke to her on the phone. Whist doing that I heard this deep growl and before I knew what was happening a dark red Nissan Skyline R32 passed me! (followed by a lowered Honda Civic EK) In both occasions I did not have the time (or means) to take a photo…

I kind of gave up on the idea of taking a photo of the R32, but today I returned to where I spotted the white BNR33 and to my relief it was still there:

It has been parked in front of a medium villa and it appears to be in regular use. The owner is the first owner in the Netherlands and registered the car about one and a half years ago. So I guess it was either shipped from Japan on order or bought via a JDM import company in the Netherlands before being put on papers.

Talking about registration: a small Japanese disc-like sticker with a big 20 on it was still on the windshield so it appears the shaken and/or insurance was renewed last in 2008.

Rims seem to be matte blacked Volks Racing Rays TE37

I looked up the car on the Dutch license plate register and without doubt this Nissan Skyline GT-R is a genuine Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec BNR33, so the decals and emblems don’t lie.

Now it is a total surprise to me that there apparently is a second Nissan Skyline R33 in my home town!


  1. Jim

    Cool, thats my car :) nice article ;)

    • banpei

      Thanks! :)
      I read the story on Skyline Benelux yesterday. Pretty nice deal you got there!

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