You don’t have to be the world’s biggest car enthusiast to know that the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 is one of the most desirable Japanese cars ever built.
There are few cars from Japan – or anywhere else for that matter – with such a loyal cult following and such high collectible demand.
The R34 GT-R is a real “Garage Dream” for many of us (the editors of this site included) so here’s your chance to get your hands on one and make a dream a reality … provided you’ve got deep pockets.
JDM Expo have a 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 V Spec II for sale with an amazingly low mileage of 5449 km.
According to their listing page, this incredible example has been garaged and the only change is that the stock odometer was replaced in July 2002 with a Nur spec odometer, with verification documents to prove this.
How good does this car look?
With production of the R34 GT-R ending in 2002, this is a late example of one of the finest names in Japanese motoring, making it only more desirable.
We also love the color, as well as how original and unmodified it is.
The only catch?
You’ll need deep pockets to get your hands on this R34 GT-R.
JDM Expo have a listing price of a whopping $365,000 USD for this monster. You can view the listing here.
When you consider that the R34 GT-R cost around $57,000 USD (~$80,000 USD in today’s money) when production ended in 2002, you can see just how much prices have inflated for these cars. Read more here on our guide to what R34 GT-Rs cost new.
So if you got into Bitcoin early, recently won the lottery, or have come into a large inheritance, then this could be the perfect R34 GT-R for you.
For us mere financial mortals, it’s still nice to see such a desirable car presented in near factory condition, and as the manufacturer intended with apparently no modifications (apart from the odometer change).
At the risk of causing too much controversy, perhaps the saddest thing about this car (except for the fact that it isn’t in our garage and is definitely out of the “I can convince the wife” price range) is the fact that at this price and mileage it will probably be purchased solely for storage and investment.
If the vehicle is sold into the United States, then unless the purchaser is able to secure a special “Show Or Display” licence (which still comes with a raft of rules and regulations) , it would be 2027 before the car is able to be driven on the road under the 25 Year rule. You can learn more about this on our guide to why Nissan Skylines are illegal in the United States. This means it is more likely that a purchaser at the moment would be buying to store, rather than doing any kind of regular driving.
While that will keep the mileage low and the car preserved – at least from an aesthetic perspective – in our view it’s always bittersweet to see such capable, brilliantly-designed and engineered machines not used for what the manufacturer intended:
Have you ever seen a more beautiful sight?
If you’re thinking of buying an R34 GT-R (whether this incredible specimen or perhaps a more moderately priced example) then make sure you consult our comprehensive R34 GT-R buyer’s guide for more information on securing the best possible example for your money.
What do you think of this particular car? Would you buy it if you could afford it? Or are there other classics that float your boat just that little bit more? Let us know in the comment section below.
All photo credits to JDM Expo. You can view the listing for this magnificent R34 GT-R here.