Which ‘90s Nissan GT-R: R32, R33 or R34?

Colin
By Colin Wood
Aug 18, 2021 | Nissan, Monterey, GT-R, RM Sotheby's, Monterey Car Week, Radwood, R32, R34, Sklyline, R33

Photography Courtesy RM Sotheby's

$235,200. That’s how much a 1995 R33 Nissan GT-R just fetched RM Sotheby’s Monterey Auction. To put that into perspective, that’s more than $120,000 north of Hagerty’s top value for one. 

That selling price was likely influenced by its rare shade of Midnight Purple, low 46,100 kilometers (about 28,645 miles), and unmodified condition, although this sale shows that buyers are willing to pay above market value for the aptly named "Godzilla."

Considering that prices are on the rise, which generation ‘90s GT-R is your favorite? R32, R33 or R34?

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/17/21 1:55 p.m.

I'm a purist, so R32 for me. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
8/17/21 2:09 p.m.

I'd have to go with the R32 as well, though I'm partial to the Skyline GTS sedans because I just like the way they look (and I like to be able to actually use my backseat):

84FSP
84FSP UltraDork
8/17/21 2:17 p.m.

R34 Stagea for me please...  And surprisingly values aren't crazy like the rest of them.  There is much want.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/17/21 2:20 p.m.

R34.  A lot of people who have driven all three suggest that the R32 had awful handling, understeer or oversteer and no carving, the R33 was a boulevard cruiser, and the R34 was what the R32 could've been.

 

Just a fanboy, never going to actually own one.  Or drive one, probably.

BoxheadTim
BoxheadTim GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/17/21 2:40 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

I'd have to go with the R32 as well, though I'm partial to the Skyline GTS sedans because I just like the way they look (and I like to be able to actually use my backseat):

The backseat in the coupe is surprisingly usable (I owned a GTS-4 in the UK about 15 years ago). I wouldn't mind another R32 (GT-R), but they - like later 911 turbos - only seem to come alive when driving in a manner that gives the judge a choice between "throw away the key" and "Guantanamo Bay" if you tried it on a public road.

 

Fitzauto
Fitzauto Dork
8/17/21 2:50 p.m.

R32 for me. Cleanest look and the original.

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
8/17/21 2:54 p.m.

The R33 doesn't get the love. The 32 because its lighter simpler Godzilla. The 34 because Gran Turismo/ Fast & Furious.  The R33 is the overlooked middle child. 

calteg
calteg Dork
8/17/21 3:01 p.m.

In reply to 84FSP :

That's clearly the best GT-R, but R34 prices haven't gone crazy yet because they're not eligible for import under the 25 year exemption yet

93EXCivic
93EXCivic MegaDork
8/17/21 3:05 p.m.

R32 for me. Mostly cause of the HKS car.

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/17/21 3:05 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

I'd have to go with the R32 as well, though I'm partial to the Skyline GTS sedans because I just like the way they look (and I like to be able to actually use my backseat):

You know, there's nothing wrong with an R32 sedan on RPF1s.

thatsnowinnebago
thatsnowinnebago GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
8/17/21 3:16 p.m.

R34 all day, thanks to Need For Speed. 

BoxheadTim
BoxheadTim GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/17/21 3:28 p.m.
calteg said:

In reply to 84FSP :

That's clearly the best GT-R, but R34 prices haven't gone crazy yet because they're not eligible for import under the 25 year exemption yet

Actually prices for nice R34s have been rising in Japan for a while. 

80sFast
80sFast Reader
8/17/21 6:33 p.m.

In the minority here but R33 R400

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/17/21 9:11 p.m.
80sFast said:

In the minority here but R33 R400

I don't think there are any wrong answers.

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela GRM+ Memberand Dork
8/17/21 9:51 p.m.

R33, thanks to Gran Turismo 1. 

Patientzero
Patientzero Dork
8/17/21 10:15 p.m.

Having driven all 3 three I prefer R33.  The R32 is alot like a Foxbody Mustang and the R33 is more like a New Edge.  The R34 is probably the nicest to drive but not my pick for a performance car.  The R32 has a pretty cramped interior. 

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/17/21 10:25 p.m.

In reply to Patientzero :

That brings up a concern I'd had.  I have longish legs (35" inseam) and like to sit up close to the steering wheel.  I like final gen Preludes... to look at, to think about.  Not to drive.  The dashboard is about four inches too low, I can't get my shins under them.

I worry that driving any Skyline would be impossible, if they have similar ergonomics.  They were designed specifically for the home market with no eye to export, after all.

Patientzero
Patientzero Dork
8/18/21 12:05 a.m.

In reply to Pete. (l33t FS) :

I'm 6'2" and owned several R33's.  It's very similiar in size to a New Edge Mustang.  No problem at all.  A friend of mine is 6'3"ish and had a R32.  Leg room is not a problem.   The only vehicles I've been in where leg room was a legit concern for me was a FD RX7 and a XJ Cherokee.

RabidBullFrog
RabidBullFrog New Reader
8/18/21 2:41 a.m.

In reply to BoxheadTim :

The backseat in my BNR32 is too tight. With the kiddo's back there me and my wife have to move the front seats forward to uncomfortable position for them to fit. They are both in booster seat so once they are out of them and can put their feet on the floor it will be more comfortable. My Alto Works has more backseat room than the Skyline.

RabidBullFrog
RabidBullFrog New Reader
8/18/21 2:46 a.m.

It has to be the R32 for me though. The smallest and lightest of the modern GT-R's. The one to earn the nickname Godzilla. 

malibuguy
malibuguy GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
8/18/21 3:07 p.m.

nothing beats the curves of an R33 for me, next in line is an r31, or as I call em...Japanese G-Bodies

iammclovin804
iammclovin804 New Reader
8/18/21 6:29 p.m.

R32, but I'm a bit biased. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
8/19/21 10:45 a.m.

And let's not forget how well GT-Rs look in police uniforms:

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