Nissan Skyline GT-R: Most Expensive Models Ever Sold
The Nissan Skyline GT-R is one of the most coveted Japanese sports cars ever built. We explore the most expensive GT-R models ever sold at auction, including a million-dollar R34 and a rare R32.
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The Nissan Skyline GT-R is an icon in the world of Japanese sports cars. Known for its performance, styling, and place in automotive history, the Skyline GT-R has built a reputation matched by few other vehicles. Over multiple generations spanning five decades, the most desirable and expensive Skyline GT-Rs have commanded huge price tags when sold at auction or in private sales. Here we explore some of the most outstanding examples and what makes them so valuable.
R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R ‘STP T-88’
The R32 GT-R ‘STP T-88’ is one of the most famous Skyline GT-Rs ever made. Sold new in 1988 exclusively through Nissan's STP dealer network, these 280 special edition cars came painted in Porsche-like Grand Prix White with red interior trim. But what really set the T-88 apart was its racing engine producing 280ps combined with four-wheel steering. This made the T-88 the ultimate road-going R32.
In 2018, a pristine 11,900km example came up for auction through BH Auction in Tokyo. Thanks to its flawless condition and rare status, bidding reached $350,000 - quite possibly a record for an R32. For this price the buyer got an almost new example of one of the most significant sports cars Japan ever produced.
R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II Nur
At the turn of the millenium, the R34 GT-R V-Spec II Nur version stood atop the Skyline range. Developed with input from Nismo, Nissan’s motorsport department, it featured wider front and rear tracks together with an active LSD for the ultimate in road holding and traction.
Performance was staggering, taking less than 4 seconds to hit 60mph thanks to its 2.6 liter twin-turbo engine hand assembled by Nissan’s Takumi master technicians. Rare in factory yellow with black alloys, Nur editions pay homage to Nissan’s success at the grueling Nurburgring 24 Hours endurance race.
In 2019, a 12,500km example came up for auction in Australia through Pickles. Bidding interest was intense, quickly eclipsing $500,000. The final selling figure came to $560,000 Australian dollars, equal to $422,000 USD, cementing this R34’s claim as potentially the most valuable GT-R ever sold at auction.
One-Off R35 GT-R By TRANSFORMERS
When Hollywood blockbuster Transformers featured a one-off Nissan GT-R in its 2007 film, Nissan decided to make this fictional creation a reality. Handbuilt by Takumi technicians, this unique R35 GT-R features a custom deep pearl white paint scheme with racing stripes and Decepticon symbols on the doors and wheel caps.
Inside, the white leather and suede seats features Decepticon logos embroidered into their carbon kevlar backs. Outside custom LED ground effects lighting pulses red, mimicking the Transformer character’s energy form. Underneath lies a heavily upgraded 3.8 liter twin-turbo V6 pumping out over 800 horsepower.
This priceless movie car sold for $185,000 USD in 2015. As a street-legal fully functional take on a Hollywood fantasy, this special R35 commands a huge premium thanks to its motorsport performance and one-of-a-kind style unlike any other GT-R.
Million Dollar R34 GT-R
In 2019, Ontario based dealer Garage Defend set a new record for the GT-R nameplate when they listed an R34 GT-R V-Spec II for CAD $1.1 million - over $830,000 USD at that time. This staggering sum caught the attention of the internet quickly thanks to its extreme price. However, this was no ordinary GT-R but rather one of the most special examples in existence.
This R34 GT-R was one of the first V-Spec II models ever built. What’s more, it carried the earliest vehicle identification number known indicating its place as the very first production R34 GT-R. According to reports, this car was never registered or titled, essentially being stored since new with only 38km (24 miles) on the odometer. In brand new condition both inside and out, this ultra low mileage "new" car commanded its million dollar asking price thanks to its exclusivity and #001 status.
While seven figure sums for Japanese cars would have seemed crazy just a few years ago, this sale goes to show just how sought after and valuable Nissan Skyline GT-Rs have become. For just under a million dollars, somebody now owns an automotive icon in perhaps the most desirable condition possible.
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