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One of just 103 UK RHD cars, a bog-standard Nissan Sunny GTI-R GNN14.
Following the introduction on the N14 generation of Sunny in the early 1990’s, Nissan turned its attention to Motorsport with the hope of injecting some desirability and excitement into the brand. The Nissan Sunny/Pulsar GTI-R was developed under model name GNN14 and after producing the minimum 5000 road cars required for Group A homologation (just before the production requirement was lowered to 2500 units), Nissan entered the car in the Group A category of the FIA World Rally Championship as a “Works” factory team under Nissan Motorsport Europe. Much tribulation was caused from the unrealistic immediate success expected by head office which was not forthcoming, and Nissan completely abandoned the GTI-R campaign in 1992 after competing in only nine rallies. Of the road going cars, just 771 Sunny GTI-R’s were produced of which only 103 were in right-hand drive with only 27 made in Red.
Performance tuned chassis, body-coloured sports bumpers, sleek cooling ducts in bonnet, hood air intake, large tailgate spoiler, colour coded side skirts, wheel arch extensions, mud flaps, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), ATTESA (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System All-Terrain) 4WD system, LSD (Limited Slip Differential), oil temperature gauge, oil pressure gauge, turbo boost gauge, 9000rpm tachometer, sports seats, power windows, auto door lock, power mirrors, 2 speakers, digital clock. Factory options; Nissan stereo/cassette. Dealer accessories; Tailored Nissan floor mats.
This amazing example finished in Red, (Code AJ4), is preserved in superb condition. The paint finish is fantastic with a deep consistent shine and all factory panels are straight with uniform gaps. Very few tiny touched in frontal stone chips are visible. Preserved sporting trim sections, light fitments and all factory glass is fully intact with Nissan etching and labels. Wheel arch apertures and door shuts are very clean. Some of the easily identifiable exterior features to denote a UK RHD Sunny include the boot lid surround to accommodate a UK numberplate as well as non-colour coded door mirrors. Virtually impossible to find in this unspoiled state, this super rare road going rally car is a serious performance machine and one for the WRC fanatic!
To climb inside the interior of this wonderfully kept example is sheer delight in both condition and the car unspoilt state. Precisely as it left the factory, there has been no modification whatsoever. The sports velour seats in GTi Black, (Code G), are in superb order with firm bolster retaining correct shape. Matching door cards are undamaged and grey tufted carpets are still protected by tailored Nissan floor mats. Some of the interior features to denote a UK RHD Sunny include speedometer reading in KM and miles, boost and oil pressure gauges reading in PSI not Bar, digital clock below the tachometer and importantly there is no umbrella holder which is correct. All functions, controls and gauges operate perfectly including the original Nissan stereo. The boot area is pristine the parcel shelf and carpet intact. Full wheel changing equipment is present as is the original toolkit. Wonderfully unspoilt.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Producing nearly double the horsepower from the next model down in the N14 line up, this GTI-R used the SR20DET engine with T3 Garret Turbo and massive 350mm x 295mm x 60mm intercooler. With full-time ATTESA 4WD, blistering performance from the 217bhp allows a top speed of 144mph and 0-62mph in just 5.4 seconds, 0.2 seconds quicker than an Escort Cosworth! The spotlessly clean and totally standard engine bay displays factory plates, stickers, under-bonnet labels and panel stampings. The five-speed gearbox is light and has the sturdy sporting feel. The perfect opportunity to experience an unmolested Sunny GTi-R performing at its absolute best.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 6 JJ 14 alloys wheels are in pristine condition and all four road wheels wear premium quality Bridgestone Pilot HX 195/60 R14 tyres with masses of tread. Originality seekers will be pleased to see the factory Bridgestone Tracompa-2 tyre fitted to the space saver spare wheel. The 2-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) incorporates ventilated discs to the front and solid rear discs to harness the awesome power.
Registered new on 25th November 1992 and supplied by Landes Du Marche Garage in Guernsey, this amazing Sunny GTI-R has covered just 61,274 miles from new. As denoted by the chassis number, this example is a Phase B Series 1 car and the 18-digit model number designates region letter E for Europe B (England, Ireland, Cyprus, Malta). The model number allows easy decoding of the cars data to fully verify this as a genuine Sunny GTI-R. Of the 103 RHD cars produced, just 27 were made in Red.
A comprehensive service history accompanies this fascinating rare car with the original service booklet and filed invoices evidencing 27 services, the majority of which were carried out at Nissan Main Dealers. The car has covered less than 300 miles since last service and the large history folder holds Nissan Dealer and specialist service invoices and comprehensive MOT records. The full book pack and even the original PDI sheet are held in the Nissan document wallet. An exceptionally rare performance machine just as Nissan intended it to be. Awesome.
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