Barn Paint Shop Find: Nissan GT-R Resprayed Back to Life
One of the most annoying one is a grumpy old man. We never actually got to see his face when he checked in, so it’s pretty difficult to tell where he is at a certain moment. All we know is he’s still inside. What’s that, you want to meet him? Oh, yeah, that’s exactly what we though at first, as he seemed to be a true representation of a scroll of experience.
Meet the barn find. Yes, it is our dream to drive along in an example of modern automotive technology and contemporary styling cues (read: a test drive car) and go past a structure that conceals one or more four-wheeled treasures.
Well, this case was recently cracked. Well, sort of. You see, not too long ago, we were having a chat with the guys at Pilot Power Tuning about an custom exhaust with active valves that could allow one of our cars to impersonate a swan, when we noticed a familiar hip somewhere in the distance.
We could see the back yard through a dirty workshop window. There, we noticed a German Shepard that was preparing to do something nasty on a car cover which seemed to hide a pretty familiar shape.
The next frame was with us trying to not get bitten by Oxx, while uncovering the three letters that made our day. What three letters? G, T and R. Yes, a pre-facelift R35 GT-R was waiting for attention.
The shock, the pain, the horror. A supercar that can outperform cars twice as expensive (and even more) was lying bruised all around, looking like the equivalent of a homeless person.
We found out that this was a severe case of leased car recovery. All the symptoms were present: the vehicle was in a bad overall condition, with the exterior showing a multitude of damaged surfaces, the interior looked like a cardboard home and the vehicle also had mechanical issues.
It seems that when the leasing company found the car, this had been stripped inside and out and was waiting to receive a tuning treatment. As you know, this is a sacrilege for Nissan, but this is not the problem, as the world outside the company, including us, agrees with aftermarket developments.
However, it was difficult to understand why the car had received the “like you stole it” treatment. It didn’t matter, the harm had already been done. Subsequently, it seems that the tuning company that was supposed to handle the job was urged to put all the pieces of this supercar puzzle back together. And the kind of did. What does that mean? The awful interior parts you can see here come from another GT-R, while the exterior didn’t quite receive any repairs.
Something had to be done, due to financial reasons, but also because such a noble warrior couldn’t be left in that condition. The leasing company decided that the vehicle will be sent to Viena, Austria, in order for Nissan to heal all its technical wounds.
However, before the car would be brought to its original go-fast condition, it needed an exterior makeover. And this is where Pilot Power Tuning came into play. The guys vowed to bring the White Pearl coat back. We shot the car with our eyes still in pain and left.
When we returned, about a week later, we were greeted by the August sun glaring on the mirror-like finish of the hood. With each step taken around the car, our smile grew bigger and bigger, as the attention to details was nothing short of superb.
The car needed a new side skirt, which hadn’t arrived from Japan yet, so the job wasn’t 100% complete. It had been decided that they would wait for this final piece to arrive, then reattach all the accessories to the car, solve a little issue with the hood and then put a huge red ribbon around the project.
After that, in order for this GT-R to get back into battle shape, it needs to travel to Viena, where the car will receive a thorough check, with Nissan specialists replacing all the damaged/worn out mechanical bits. In addition to that, the interior will also receive attention, as it has to be worthy to wear the GT-R badges.
We shook the hands of the guys who blew the White Pearl magic dust back onto the GT-R body (the oven that cooked the whole dish wasn’t too talkative, so he didn’t receive any congratulations from us ), shot the car once again and left with a profound feeling of relief.
The world will soon welcome back another example of this fine piece of machinery...
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