NEED TO KNOW: MARKET MOVES
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.