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1995-1998 Price: £20,000 The Sky­line leg­end had taken seed long be­fore this fourth-gen­er­a­tion model came along. But, for us here in the UK, this was the first Sky­line ever to be of­fi­cially im­ported. Mind you, only 100 were brought in, all high-per­for­mance V-spec cars tweaked to make them con­form to SVA reg­u­la­tions. That wasn’t nearly enough to sate our hunger for the Sky­line, which is why you’ll find so many grey im­ports lit­ter­ing Bri­tain’s streets.

There’s noth­ing wrong with buy­ing one of th­ese, of course, but do check their his­tory stacks up – and make sure they were un­der­sealed soon af­ter they ar­rived here to cope with our salty roads. Orig­i­nal UK cars will, nat­u­rally, fetch a hefty pre­mium. There’s plenty of grunt even in a stan­dard 276bhp car – though you’ll be hard­pushed to find such a thing, as so many have had the wick turned up.

Again, buy­ing a mod­i­fied ex­am­ple is no bad thing, but en­sure it’s been fid­dled with by some­one who knows what they’re do­ing. Any­thing with more than 400bhp should have had se­ri­ous work done. Get it right, though, and you’ll have a true ’90s icon, and an un­be­liev­able point-to-point ma­chine.

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