Nissan’s sports-car muscles are decidedly atrophied these days, as both the 370Z and the GT-R soldier on in more or less the same form as a decade ago. Somebody over there is tending to the enthusiast flame, however, when it comes to vintage performance cars. Nissan recently announced that it will open a heritage program to supply new replacement parts for vintage sports cars.
The Nismo Heritage program will kick off with the 1989–94 R32 Skyline GT-R, but expect R33 and R34 parts to come next. About 80 parts constitute the program to start, ranging from wiring harnesses, to hoses, exterior trim pieces, and more. For the parts that it can’t reproduce, Nissan says in its official release that it will “consider methods of replacing these parts using substitute, rebuilt, or overhauled products, as well as NISMO-tuned parts.”
Nissan Heritage will focus on critical parts that make its historic cars eligible to pass Japanese inspection protocol. In keeping with that focus on the domestic market, Nissan plans to start out by only offering heritage parts for the Japanese market.
“Recreating these parts is a fairly time-intensive and cost-intensive undertaking,” says Nissan spokesperson Nicholas Maxfield. “Any decision to expand the scope of the program needs to be based on confirmation of demand.” In the meantime, savvy export businesses and mail forwarding companies will no doubt take advantage of the export market Nissan is leaving alone for now.
As the years go on and more Skylines become available here in the U.S., a manufacturer-sanctioned program like this could be a huge boon to GT-R market values, making it possible to rebuild vintage examples to pristine, concours quality. Both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz have had huge success with this sort of business, so the trail is already blazed.