NEED TO KNOW: MAR­KET MOVES

Motor (Australia) - - PAST BLAST. NISSAN SKYLINE GT-R DYNASTY -

THE R32 GT-R IS on its way to be­com­ing a proper col­lec­tors’ car. Of all the Sky­lines, its shape has aged best and, while the in­te­rior is hideous by mod­ern stan­dards, it’s won­der­fully Ja­panese. DOT ex­emp­tion for ve­hi­cles more than 25 years old has made the R32 GT-R hugely de­sir­able in the USA. Prices have in­creased dra­mat­i­cally, with good ex­am­ples pre­vi­ously avail­able for as lit­tle as USD$10,000 now fetch­ing more than twice that. In fact, many im­porters of­fer R32 GT-Rs com­plete with ship­ping and doc­u­men­ta­tion to the US… for the right price. On the flip­side, the R33 GT-R rep­re­sents fan­tas­tic value for money – es­pe­cially for first-time GT-R buy­ers. The more rounded, swollen styling has given the R33 a stigma for be­ing the ‘ugly’ GT-R, but no Sky­line has ever been con­sid­ered beau­ti­ful. The R33 boasts the same per­for­mance as the R32, with a much-im­proved in­te­rior, stronger gear­box and a more ad­vanced 4WD sys­tem for a frac­tion of the price. For many Sky­line fans, the R34 GT-R re­mains the ul­ti­mate model thanks to its su­per­ag­gres­sive styling and god­like sta­tus, cour­tesy of the leg­endary PlayS­ta­tion game, Gran Turismo. De­spite power re­main­ing rel­a­tively the same, the R34 GT-R felt much more spe­cial than its pre­de­ces­sors, with bucket seats as stan­dard and a su­per-cool on-board com­puter that gave read­ings in­clud­ing boost and g-force. The R34 GT-R also fea­tured a wide range of spe­cial edi­tions, in­clud­ing the V-Spec II, N1, NUR, M-Spec and Z-Tune – each one more pow­er­ful, lighter and ex­pen­sive than its pre­de­ces­sor. In re­cent years, R34 prices have rock­eted from about $40,000 to at least $80,000, with many fans con­sid­er­ing it the last ‘proper’ GT-R be­fore the R35 ar­rived in 2007.

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