Spied in the classifieds
Own Godzilla for just £36k
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.