From humble beginnings as a luxury sedan to one of the fastest production cars in the world, the Nissan Skyline GT-R is one vehicle that has had its share of glory and defeat (but mostly epic glory!)
The Skyline GT-R became the icon of Nissan performance on the track; including drag racing, circuit track, and time attack; and off the track for example the notable appearances in the popular movie series The Fast and the Furious.
Here’s a timeline about how one of the world’s best cars became better known as Godzilla. We also take a look at today’s value of each model, which as each the classic car genre generally dictates, is increasing as the years go on, the availability softens and the demand rises.
In 1957 the Prince Skyline was introduced to the Japanese marketplace as luxury vehicle.
It was manufactured by Prince Motor Company, which was a company derived from Tachikawa Aircraft Company after World War II ended.
Prince Motor Company first put a Skyline on a racetrack in 1964, which proved highly successful! The car was renamed Skyline 2000 GT and was put into full production for the Japanese market.
In 1966 the Prince Motor Company joined forces with Nissan to cement it’s future as a major automotive company for overseas markets and joining them on their formidable journey was the everlasting, ever-powerful Skyline.
The first high performance version of the Skyline was at the 1969 Tokyo Auto Show. Nissan’s showcase of the Skyline 2000GT-R was a sign to let the world know they were serious about high performance cars.
Legendary almost from the start, the GT-R name has become synonymous with Nissan performance
(Andrew Wendler, Car And Driver, March 24 2016).
VALUE TODAY: $150,000+ AUD
Nissan experienced a slight bump in the road in the 1970’s when changes to the emission laws in Japan brought production to an end for the second generation 2000GT-R. In addition to this, Japan experienced a gas crisis in the early 1970’s which affected the demand for high-performance sports cars. As a result, only 197 cars were built and this would be the last GT-R until 1989.
VALUE TODAY: $200,000 – $300,000 AUD
Many enthusiasts thought this would be end of the GT-R brand. But more than a decade later Nissan brought the GT-R back to the forefront of high performance cars with the introduction of the R31, R32 and R33 GT-R’s.
In 1989, the R32 featured a NISMO twin-turbo 6 cylinder with AWD, capable of 280 hp.
This car put GT-R back on the map and was later nicknamed “Godzilla” by the Australian motoring publication Wheels. Godzilla because of its “monster” track performance and country of origin.
It was designed to dominate in the racing realm. R32 won all of the Japanese Touring Car Championships and dominated the competition in Australian racing in the early 90’s.
Fabcar’s Anthony Scali and Steve Jones also took victory in 2015, claiming a new Australian record for fastest road car; an R32 GT-R that could do 1000m sprint in 17.2secs @ 322kmh!
VALUE TODAY: $25,000+ AUD
The fourth generation of Nissan Skyline, the GT-R (BCNR33), was not only larger and heaver, but faster!
This generation GT-R shaved a full 21 seconds from the previous time posted by a GT-R circuit run at Germany’s Nürburgring motor complex (recorded time 7:59). Much faster than the previous model!
Despite this, the R33 GT-R remains one of the less popular and less desired models.
VALUE TODAY: $20,000+ AUD
The R34 GT-R was derived from over a decade of competition winning and Nissan’s investment in developing the most technologically advanced, powerful and desired Skyline model!
One of the new features of this generation GT-R was the LCD screen that displayed important engine data to the driver and an advanced differential system to the drivetrain.
A number of limited editions R34 variants were produced including V-Spec, V-Spec II, M-Spec, Nur and N1 Editions all fitted with the legendary RB26 Twin Turbo engine. Production of the Skyline GT-R ended in August 2002.
VALUE TODAY: $60,000 – $120,000 AUD
Nissan announced it would separate the GT-R name from the Skyline brand in 2002.
The new vehicle would simply be known as the Nissan GT-R.
It debuted in Tokyo in 2007 and was released to consumers in 2008.
We’ll share more about this era of GT-R in another blog post.
A complete industry game changer!
The Nissan Skyline GT-R was developed through the eras to be an outstanding high performance vehicle all the while complimenting the changes in advanced motor technologies.
Fabcar has a 2000 Skyline R34 GT-R on the market for $59,767.
With only 58,000kms on the clock, imported direct from Japan and in near unmodified condition, it presents great value for one of these increasingly sought after models.
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