Spied in the clas­si­fieds

Own Godzilla for just £36k

Autocar - - THIS WEEK -

When the Nis­san GT-R was first re­leased to a wait­ing pub­lic in 2008, one of the things that took many peo­ple aback was the price. The suc­ces­sor to the Sky­line GT-R was ex­pected to cost some­thing sim­i­lar to that car’s £54,000-odd. In­stead, it was £65,000 – a fig­ure that rose sharply when the first facelift came to pass in 2010 and has gone on climb­ing to the heady heights of £81,995 to­day, or more if you want any­thing other than the base model. Yet those early GT-RS’ val­ues have sunk steadily, to the point where to­day they look like quite a lot of car for the cash. This 2010 ex­am­ple in the clas­si­fieds is on for £35,950 – around half what it would have been when it was new. It’s a rare thing in that it hasn’t been messed with, and it ben­e­fits from a full ser­vice his­tory de­tail­ing zeal­ous main­te­nance. In short, it should prove as re­li­able as it was the day it left the show­room.

Not to men­tion as balls-out fast too. To­day’s GT-R is a blis­ter­ing ma­chine but even th­ese early ex­am­ples are as­ton­ish­ingly quick and ca­pa­ble of do­ing point-to-point like al­most noth­ing else. They flat­ter their driv­ers with their elec­tron­ics and al­low even those of very limited tal­ent to achieve a sen­sa­tion of driv­ing great­ness – all backed by the sound­track of that twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6. Like-for-like, it’s as po­tent as a con­tem­po­rary Porsche 911 Turbo but cheaper to buy than a Car­rera, and more us­able and de­pend­able than ei­ther of them. Strikes us as the sort of car that should merit your at­ten­tion.

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