Godzilla R32 restorers should brace for good news.
Speaking to Steven Dunn, Nissan Australia’s product and technical training manager, MOTOR has learned Nissan Australia will announce Nismo’s heritage parts program before this year’s end.
“We’re going to launch a parts program to help people restoring older cars. As we know parts are becoming harder and harder to get over here,” he revealed at Nissan's 370Z Nismo launch.
The news comes months after Takao Katagiri, Nismo’s global CEO, discreetly announced the scheme during a global webcast on the company’s future.
It was outlined during the webcast the Skyline R32 GT-R would be the program’s first focus with other models being considered based on its initial success.
“Because unfortunately people crash their cars, and aluminium bonnets and guards are hard to source these days,” Steve adds.
“So hopefully all those sorts of parts, service parts and keep-their-cars-on-the-roads sort of parts, are what we are looking at.”
These will include engine parts and hopefully consider the 100-or-so items changed on AUDM Godzillas for local homologation.
“I’m happy to put my five cents over and say these are the parts we need over here,” he says.
Details on how the program will work are still being fine-tuned, but being a Skyline R32 GT-R owner himself, Steve knows the pressures first-hand.
“These are the parts that are out there that are really rare. So the prices are doing that [climbing gesture] and the need overseas is becoming quite big, especially in America.”
America recently greenlighted first-generation Skyline GT-R for import thanks to the model passing 25 years of age.
The move has driven demand on original parts, with anecdotal stories of OEM steering wheels commanding thousands of dollars.
Here's to hoping Nismo successfully pops the looming bits bubble.