Two Uber-Rare Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 Models Hit the U.S. Auction Scene

In a thrilling update for classic sports car enthusiasts and collectors, the iconic R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R has officially crossed the 25-year threshold, making early versions of this coveted model eligible for import into the United States. Legal avenues have already paved the way for these automotive legends, with a duo of special-edition M-Spec Nür versions currently taking the auction circuit by storm.

The anticipation is palpable as one of these rarities, a sleek black M-Spec Nür edition (as featured above), is slated for the spotlight as the ‘main attraction’ at Mecum’s upcoming auction in Glendale, Arizona, this March. View the listing here.

Meanwhile, its counterpart, a pristine white version, is stirring significant buzz on the online auction platform Bring a Trailer. With bidding already reaching the $150,000 mark, expectations are high for a fierce competition, given the model’s scarcity and historical significance.

These M-Spec Nür editions are among the elite, with only 285 units ever produced. Their desirability is underscored by previous sales, such as another M-Spec Nür that fetched a staggering $455,000 on Bring a Trailer last year, and a V-Spec version that sold for $315,000 in 2021.

See full listing on Bring A Trailer: https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2002-nissan-skyline-r34-gt-r-m-spec-nur/

Originating in 2001, the M-Spec GT-R was a homage to GT-R chief engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno. The subsequent year saw the debut of the M-Spec Nür variant, named in honor of the legendary Nürburgring racetrack. This version boasted enhanced performance features, notably a special twin-turbocharged 2.6-liter inline-6 engine, derived from a racing powerhouse and equipped with larger turbochargers featuring steel turbine blades for superior durability and performance.

Despite an official output of 276 horsepower, in line with a gentleman’s agreement among Japanese automakers, the true power of these machines is believed to be around 330 horsepower. The M-Spec Nür models stand out with their gold-colored accent stitching, a 300 kph speedometer, and a distinctive gold-painted engine valve cover, complete with an engine bay plaque to mark their exclusivity.

The black edition boasts just over 44,000 km on the odometer, while the white model shows a slightly lesser 39,000 km, showcasing their well-maintained and cherished status.

See more photos and details at https://www.mecum.com/lots/1112207/2002-nissan-skyline-gt-r-m-spec-nur/?aa_id=556464-0

Imported under the Show or Display exemption by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these vehicles pose a unique opportunity for U.S. collectors.

However, future owners will need to navigate the NHTSA’s exemption process and adhere to a 2,500-mile annual driving limit until 2027, when these cars will fall under the more forgiving 25-year import rule. You can learn more about this in our Car Facts article on why the Nissan Skyline is illegal to import regularly (until 25 years old). 

As these Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 models make their mark on U.S. soil, they not only celebrate a storied legacy but also ignite the passions of car aficionados and collectors eager to own a piece of automotive history.

Which one would you buy? 

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    Sam focuses mainly on researching and writing the growing database of Car Facts articles on Garage Dreams, as well as creating interesting list content. He is particularly enthusiastic about JDM cars, although has also owned numerous European vehicles in the past. Currently drives a 3rd generation Suzuki Swift Sport, and a Volkswagen Touareg (mainly kept for taking his border collie out to the hills to go walking)

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