I Promised You This Way Too Long Ago...
Remember the post below?
If you don’t (or never saw it), I highly recommend having a read. It was a lot of effort (scrap that, an utter pain) and I’m very proud of the result.
If you do, you just might remember I left you with these words:
So, you finally got to find out how the CT community would build an R32 for me. But that begs another question: how would I? Watch this space to find out.
Since I’m acutely aware the doubt consumed your soul and filled your sleepless nights, I decided to keep you waiting no longer: the answer lies below.
First things first, let’s start with the elephants in the room:
1. It’s a sedan!
Yup. The ER32 just intrigues me that bit more, I can’t really pinpoint why. Must be the overall more balanced lines (which STuner doesn’t really do justice), the added practicality of the rear doors, or the subtler look that makes it harder for an untrained eye to really capture its beauty. It’s more elegance, rather than beauty, a bit like the 4th gen Legacy.
2. It’s got a 180SX front!
Indeed it does. I do like the stock R32’s front, don’t get me wrong, I really do believe the stock front bumper, if paired with the mandatory front lip, can really be a wonderful thing, but I don’t think I could pass the opportunity of having pop-up headlights and that spectaculary nailed front end design on my car…
But now, let’s move on to the exterior mods, and possibly the most prominent one: the paintjob.
I can’t really say a lot about the color choice, besides “I like yellow, and white fits it well”, but the writing has a rather interesting story, as it’s inspired by a real-life spot of mine.
One day, in my town’s streets, I witnessed a blue Multipla, completely stock to the bone, and most importantly without a single sticker, aside from a huge writing on the side: a mild curse in the local dialect written in Comic Sans.
I instantly fell in love with the concept of carrying such an intriguing mystery on the side of your car, leaving everyone dumbfounded as to why the hell you decided to go for that. Besides, if you know me any, you’ll know I never miss the chance of being the weird one. Even better if that gives me the occasion of paying homage to a good Liquido song (yes, I’ll keep liking Liquido, no matter how hard you try to convince me Narcotic was their only noteworthy song D:< screw you)
Though, not being a fan of Comic Sans, I decided to go for another ubiquitous font I like a lot more, Helvetica.
Moving onto the wheels, I decided to go for a set of gloss black CCW LM5Ts (even though I probably would’ve gone for a white if it wasn’t utter garbage on STuner), because it compliments the design the wellest (yes that is perfect English lest ye dare dispute it) and it resonates well with the stock-ish look I went for while also offering that oh-so-precious deeeeeep diiiiiiiiiish. Tire lettering is, of course, a must.
(I now realize I should’ve gone for black or yellow calipers, but you can have a guess on whether I’m gonna bother rebuilding the whole damn car again for the sake of that detail)
Regarding the interior, there’s not a lot to say. Black, yellow details, moderately sporty seats, nothing crazy. Besides, if we really want to imagine what I’d do in real life, a hilariously powerful stereo. Let’s see how the city ricers like it when I’ll blast 80’s disco music at twice the volume of their Drum ‘n’ Bass.
Ah, a man can dream,
A man can dream.
The rear hosts the catback exhaust, probably as mandatory as the front lip really, a GT-R-esque spoiler (which again is done no justice by STuner) and fitment I can only dream of rolling with. But hey, it’s just a rendering, so I can afford not to care of the utter pain this’d be over speedbumps, potholes, and pretty much anything other than freshly paved parking lots, and boy will I not.
Oh, we’re packing the F1 mirrors, because of course we are.
Thank you for sticking around up to here! While you’re at it, why don’t you go a little further down and reach the upvote button? Then again, why stop there? Get a little further down and type what you think about the build, what you like, what you’d change, or, if you have any, your constructive criticism! And if you really enjoyed the post, consider checking out my other stuff and/or following me!
No less, don’t forget to tag me in any interesting or Caterham/Miata/80s-related post I might miss!
As always, stay happy, stay respectful, drive safe,