2003 Nissan Skyline 350GT Coupé Auto

Highlights


  • Imported from Japan in late 2007
  • Presents in good condition for age and mileage
  • Nissan’s renown 3.5-litre VQ35DE V6 engine

The Appeal


Over the years, Japanese car brands have earned a reputation for reliability and practicality. Alongside regular, work-a-day cars, Japanese sports cars and high-performance sports cars have also won widespread praise.

When launched in 2003 (four-door sedan in 2001), the re-styled Nissan Skyline Coupé drew German nuances thanks to the smooth, squat and self-restrained profile aimed largely towards the USA, where it was marketed under the Infiniti brand as the G35. It looks especially handsome from either rear quarter. 

In the domestic Japanese market, the Coupé was offered in 2.0- and 3.0-litre guise, but the best version of the 2003 Skyline Coupé was undoubtedly the 350GT, as offered here.

History and Paperwork


  • Ex-Japanese import in late 2007
  • Just three former UK keepers
  • V5 certificate in current keeper’s name

According to YE03 TLR’s data plate, its build completed in the week commencing 21st July, 2003 at Nissan’s Tochigi plant north of Tokyo and received its first Japanese registration the following month.

Apart from its build date, little is known of the car’s life in Japan prior to its UK import in late 2007, after which it received its first UK registration in January, 2008. The car has been enjoyed by just three former UK keepers, with the current vendor acquiring the car in November 2019.

Accompanying the car will be the driver’s leather holdall containing the Owner’s Manual, Warranty booklet and Maintenance Record, the current MoT to October 26, 2022 and the V5C in the current vendor’s name. The car is currently SORNed.

The Interior


  • Fully original and unblemished
  • Elegant Graphite (Code G) cloth upholstery throughout
  • All instrumentation is said to be in working order

The original interior presents in smart and tidy condition throughout and belies both its 98,000 miles and nearly 20 years of age. There is light scuffing evident to the driver’s seat right kidney bolster caused by entry and egress over the years but this is commensurate with the mileage.

As with the dashboard and centre console, the door cards, carpetry, sun visors and other soft furnishings all present in very good condition. Furthermore, the custodian reports that all the instruments, switchgear and backlights work as originally intended.

The Exterior


  • Original Obsidian Black (Code KH3) paint finish
  • Limited brightwork is in good order
  • New (blank white) front bumper included in sale

Presented in its original Obsidian Black (Code KH3), this handsome 350GT Coupe looks smart from any angle and drew admiring glances and ‘is it for sale?’ comments from passers-by during the photo session.

However, as smart as it looks, the exterior is in need of some TLC to elevate the car to a higher standard. There are a number of issues to the exterior as pictured in the gallery, namely an indentation to the passenger door and chips and scrapes to the front valance and bumper. The vendor acknowledges this and advises that a new replacement front bumper will accompany the sale of the car. 

The full set of alloy wheels are in reasonable condition but could benefit from refurbishment. Fortunately, there are a number of companies that now offer this service and prices have reduced to more acceptable levels in recent years.

The wheels are shod with a good set of tyres all-round, with the full-sized spare and related tools residing under the boot floor. At the front, the headlight lenses show signs of moisture ingress but the rear lenses are clear.

The limited amount of brightwork around the car is in reasonable condition and a cursory glance down each flank shows no evidence of collision damage and all apertures open and close as well as the day it was assembled.

The Mechanics


  • Two original keys / three key fobs
  • Rides on FM platform shared with Nissan 350Z
  • Said to ‘drive well and still pull strongly’
  • Two wheel bearing kits to accompany car

The 2003 Skyline 350GT Coupé paired the naturally-aspirated 3.5-litre V6 powerplant (no pesky turbo’s here) with a Jatco-sourced CVT transmission that offered a sequential manual mode with eight ratios.

When shooting the accompanying gallery, the sweet-sounding V6 started first and every time. The automatic transmission connected smoothly and drive engaged with no drama, requiring just a light feathering of the revs to get underway.

The keeper described the car as ‘driving very well and pulling strongly’, reporting the car to be in very good mechanical condition with the engine, steering, brakes, drivetrain and running gear performing as well as their respective Japanese engineers intended over 20 years ago.

In addition to the aforementioned replacement front bumper, a pair of new SKF VKBA-7561 wheel bearing kits (pictured) is also included in the sale.

The underside and lower sills present in good order with a degree of natural oxidation that may reasonably be expected on a car of this age and mileage.

Summary


Nissan had an established reputation for well-engineered sports cars well before this 11th generation CPV35 coupé made its appearance in 2003. The model’s virtues were strengthened by the car’s ingrained quality, ease of use and mechanical durability.

It is attributes such as these that have made the CPV35 one of the easiest to own Japanese sports cars today. Robust engineering, durable materials and clinical build quality go a long way to making the Skyline 350GT Coupé a good choice for those who like to drive with usable power and oodles of road gravitas.

Powered by a strong 3.5-litre V6 engine, the car can still hold its own in modern traffic. With decent, comfortable accommodation and good parts availability, the CPV35 continues to flourish in popularity.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2003
  • Make Nissan
  • Model Skyline 350GT Auto
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 97,700 Miles
  • Engine size 3498
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Hampshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
21 bids
  • richard•••• £3,900 24/08/22
  • price.j•••• £3,700 24/08/22
  • richard•••• £3,500 24/08/22
  • price.j•••• £3,400 24/08/22
  • neznoz7•••• £3,300 24/08/22
  • richard•••• £3,200 24/08/22
  • price.j•••• £3,100 24/08/22
  • neznoz7•••• £2,900 24/08/22
  • neznoz7•••• £2,800 24/08/22
  • price.j•••• £2,700 24/08/22

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