What went wrong last month?
If you're in the market for a Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) Nissan Skyline, this is the one to get. What's often considered the Holy Grail of high-performance JDM cars is now up for auction on Bring A Trailer (again) and the price has already exceeded $200,000. This 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (the direct predecessor to today's GT-R) is just one of 4,194 examples built. The Midnight Purple II exterior paint was limited to only 282 units. And yes, this is the same car that was up for sale last month.
The R34's rise to fame in America came thanks to its appearance in "2 Fast 2 Furious," the 2003 sequel to "The Fast and the Furious," though it didn't star Vin Diesel. Paul Walker, Ludacris, and Tyrese Gibson served as the action movie's main stars instead.
In the movie, Walker's Brian character used his R34 for street racing and makes an awesome bridge jump, something no one in their real mind would try with a car as special as this. Like all R34 Skylines, this one is powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.6-liter RB26DETT inline-six engine rated at 276 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Power goes to all four wheels through a six-speed manual and a limited-slip differential. Other features include an aluminum hood, carbon fiber diffuser, xenon headlights, and a rear wing.
The seats are upholstered in textured gray with suede inserts. A previous owner added the Kenwood stereo, pop-out touchscreen, and trunk-mounted CD changer.
The three-spoke steering wheel with red stitching and digital screen located in the center of the dashboard are both original. There are only about 15,000 verified miles on the odometer.
But hang on… isn't it still illegal to import R34s to the US? Yes. The 25-year import ban won't end until 2024. This example was imported under the "show and display" exemption that allows some cars to be brought to the US privately if they're determined to be rare and technologically significant. Potential buyers for this R34 need to know the transfer of ownership must be approved by the NHTSA. If we had to guess, this is the reason the sale fell through last month. Anyone brave enough to get federal approval and throw down supercar money have until July 12 to place a bid.