This identification / buyers guide has been developed for those interested in the Nissan Stagea 260RS Autech edition. This guide focuses on the Series 2 car, noting that only aesthetic changes differentiate it from the series 1. A guide for the Series 1 can be found by clicking here. The Stagea 260RS Autech, (otherwise known as the GTR wagon), is a special tuned version of the Nissan Stagea produced by Autech in Japan. These cars were essentially standard RS Four stageas sent from the Nissan factory to Autech, where they then underwent extensive modifications.
These cars demand a premium above standard Stageas, and are collectable due to their GTR roots packaged in a practical body. As with so many cars, there are plenty of imitations out there (particularly given the cars close links to the RS4 turbo), and it is important to understand what features are unique to the 260RS in order to make a sound purchasing decision, or to bring a car back to factory specifications. This guide intends to provide information on the 260RS including external and internal features, engine and chassis number details as well as the mechanical features unique to the car.
Period of manufacture:
Series 2 (1998 to 2001)
We have now confirmed through GTR-registry.com that 1,734 Stagea 260RSs were produced (including series 1 and 2). Previous estimates among enthusiasts had assumed roughly 2000 cars were produced.The breakdown between series 1 and 2 is:
- 986 (Series 1)
- 784 (Series 2)
A further breakdown of the numbers produced in each colour can be seen in the paint colour / codes section of this guide (section 5).
Please note that this has only been written as a broad guide based on a variety of online sources and enthusiast input, and should not be relied upon for a purchase decision. We recommend you seek professional advice if you are looking at purchasing a rare vehicle such as this. We encourage those familiar with these cars to comment or contact us with suggestions, corrections and further information, so we can keep this guide as accurate as possible.
The Nissan Stagea 260RS Autech edition (Series 2) had the following external features, which make a good starting point for the identification of a genuine car.
The Nissan Stagea 260RS Autech edition (Series 2) had the following interior features:
The chassis number on a Nissan Stagea 260RS Autech edition (Series 2) should begin with the following prefix:
This will be followed by unique 6 digit number for that individual car.
Chassis number location:
The chassis number should be located in two positions on the car. Firstly, it should be printed on the chassis plate, which sits on the driver’s side firewall / bulkhead in the engine bay. Secondly, it should be stamped next to the chassis plate, in the bulkhead/firewall panel itself, further towards the centre of the bulkhead. These locations are shown in the attached images.
Note, 260RS cars are fitted with chassis plates which state the car has an RB25 engine in it, not an RB26. The chassis plate shown in the images has been modified, so please ignore the red part which says RB26. The reason they have an RB25 chassis plates is because Autech bought the chassis from Nissan which were already allocated a chassis plate (ie – they were intended to be RS4’s). The cars had no drivelines or engines fitted, and Autech installed the RB26DETT engine and GTR driveline into the RS4 shell.
As an additional check, you should run the VIN in question through Nissans online VIN decoder to confirm that the car is in fact a genuine 260RS. When you run your VIN through Nissan’s "FAST" software, the 260RS VIN will make a small blue pop up screen appear stating that it’s an Autech vehicle (see screen shot image). This check is highly recommended.
As with most cars, there is always potential for a re-birth to have occurred. The best way to check for this (along with the other chesks in this guide) is to remove the plastic cowl along the front of the windscreen, and check for any signs of aftermarket welding, which may indicate a new chassis number has been installed.
A genuine Stagea 260RS Autech edition should have an engine number in the following format:
Followed by a 7 digit unique engine number.
Location of engine number:
The engine number can be seen on the inlet side of the engine block, under the thermostat / radiator connector pipe. The dipstick tube also obscures it a bit so you may need a mirror. The first line says RB26, followed by the 7 digit unique number directly underneath that. See the images for the location and an example.
The engine number in a 260RS is the same as the R33 GTR. Unfortunately, like most RB26 engines, it is not possible to confirm that the engine is in fact the absolute original from your car, unless you have very early paperwork you can check. However, you are able to confirm from the engine number that it is the correct type for the car, as well as confirm that it is from approximately the correct year.
The 260RS Series 2 was produced from 1998 - 2001, however, they continued to use the R33 engine stock, rather than moving to the R34 driveline. Therefore, like the series 1, you should expect to see an engine number beginning RB26-06XXXX through to around RB26-08XXXX, representing those year ranges of the R33 GTR engine production.
Note also that the Stagea 260RS used the standard GTR block, not the N1 block. Therefore, you should see 05U stamped on the block, confirming it is the correct block type in the RB26 range. The attached images show the location of this casting mark.
The following colours listed in the table below are confirmed as available on the Series 2 260RS. There may have been special order colours available that have not been listed here, and any information with respect to these would be appreciated.
|Paint Colour||Paint Code||Number Built|
|Icelandic Pearl White||QT1||434|
|White Glacier Pearl||QX1||*|
*Note: Icelandic Pearl is believed to have superceded White Glacier Pearl in 1999. Series 2 cars may therefore be available in either colour, depending on their production date. We believe that both colours account for the 434 white cars produced.
The paint code is located on the vehicle's plate as per the attached image. Build numbers courtesy GTR-registry.com.
The 260RS Autech Stagea had the following standard mechanical features. These features are the same in the series 2 cars:
The following websites provided valuable information for the production of this identification guide. We value the input of all 260RS enthusiasts and encourage you to get in contact with us or comment below if you have further information on these cars, so we can get as much information to those whp are looking at purchasing or restoring them to factory specifications.