Even though the R33 Skyline remains slightly more unloved than both its older and younger siblings, you’d still do well to find an unmodified example in the classifieds.
(Click HERE to read about the Nissan R32 and R34 Skyline GT-R)
In this case, though, that absolutely wouldn’t be an issue. Check out those pictures above. Yep, it’s an R33 shooting brake. And it is the greatest thing we’ve seen all week.
This one-off custom project is based on a 1995 Skyline and was originally built by Daijiro Inada and Option 2 Magazine in Japan. It’s now known as the ‘Speed Wagon’ – apt, we’d imagine.
The Speed Wagon is currently for sale too. Having been imported to the US, it’s now being offered by Vistec R Imports for the not insignificant sum of US$85k. Ouch.
What a thing, though. That rear canopy actually came from the fantastically bonkers Nissan EXA Sportbak, and the custom interior includes four Recaro bucket seats, a Nardi steering wheel and a NISMO 320km/h speedo.
The ad claims the R33 Speed Wagon’s top speed has been measured at 305km/h and that it managed a 1m 04.5s lap of the Tsukuba circuit back in 1996. To put that into context, Nissan itself went and broke the production car lap record at the same circuit earlier this year, with an R35 GT-R NISMO setting a time of 59.3secs.
But back to the SPEED WAGON. Like with most Skylines, the engine is far from standard. There’s an HKS turbine, boost controller, air filter, intercooler and blow-off valve as well as a reinforced clutch and plenty more powertrain modifications.
We’re not quite sure how much power it’s putting down at this point in time, but safe to say it’s probably plenty. Someone buy this now so we don’t have to.
STORY Greg Potts
PHOTOS Vistec R Imports