The car's current auction price is crazy low, but it might not stay that way.
No other car captured the early-2000s import tuning culture's attention like the Nissan Skyline, specifically the R34 (1998-2002) model. Though many auctions and sales numbers have reached supercar-level price tags, this left-hand drive-modified car is currently sitting at a reasonable sum on Cars & Bids. It has just 52,000 miles and features tasteful modifications, so what's the deal?
There are several other, cheaper generations of Skyline in the world, but this is the R34, the car that made Nissan a poster-worthy automaker for many kids in the early 2000s. This is Godzilla, "the one," and the car that dominated Gran Turismo so hard that it almost seemed like a cheat code at the time. We have the Nissan GT-R (R35) now, which some argue isn't quite the same as the Skyline once was, making the R34 the last "driver's" Skyline.
This car is already in North America, but you can't drive it Stateside. Because it's less than 25 years old, it's not yet legal for import into the United States. However, Canada's more reasonable import laws mean you can drive it if you live there. You could also buy it, store it just north of the border for a few years, and make it a vacation toy until 2025 when the car is legal for import. But just because this car lives in Canada- and will need to for a few years- doesn't mean it's any less an icon.
Under the hood lives Nissan's RB26DETT, a twin-turbocharged 2.6-liter inline-six making 316 horsepower and 283 lb-ft. of torque. It's possible the modified intake and radiator will mean more power on top of that. Regardless, that's nothing by today's standards, but we all know why these cars are so famous. All-wheel drive and a manual transmission round out the package. Additionally, this Skyline's had a left-hand drive conversion, so it can be driven through American-spec drive-thrus and traffic patterns without much hassle.
This car's $78,500 current bid price is a far cry from the insane prices we've seen for the cars in previous auctions. The extensive modifications could be part of the issue, but some commenters note a modified dash and gauge cluster, which could indicate inaccurate mileage. There are at least a few people that don't care about that, though, because the auction's racked up 15 bids so far. There's still a day left, so jump in if you're even slightly interested. We won't see another R34 for this price for a while- if ever.