Another year, another round of auctions in which Japanese steel is dangled in front of bidders who wouldn’t have given a flying Figaro two years ago. This time it’s another Skyline GT-R, not the Hakosuka or Kenmeri but Godzilla himself, the BNR32, and it has fewer than 14,000 km on the clock.
Of all the classic Skyline GT-Rs, the R32 is probably the most fitting for the Scottsdale, Arizona bid-fest. The crowd there is made up largely of muscle car horsepower freaks. Last year, a rare 4-door PGC10 barely fetched $80,000 as it was likely confused with a Datsun of some sort, maybe a Maxima. So perhaps then the supercar-smoking, circuit-dominating, Gentleman’s Agreement-violating tuner king will do better.
The car will be sold today at RM Sotheby’s auction in Scottsdale today. From the description, the classic gunmetal gray specimen is a one-owner example, has never been modified, and has fewer than 8,700 miles. Routine service, whatever that means for such a low mileage car, has nevertheless been conducted at a Nissan dealership in Tokyo, Japan.
The car will have a few challenges to overcome. It doesn’t have any shiny chrome bits, its cabin looks about as luxurious as a strip mall dentist’s waiting room, and most bidders will think an RB is a roast beef sandwich franchise. If it sells for an good price, it will further propel the prices of R32s (and all Japanese classics) upward. If it flops, then those who have been lusting after one for ages can breathe a sigh of relief as they scramble to find another. It’s a bold choice for RM and the seller, but perhaps inevitable the minute R32s became legal to import.
UPDATE: Sold for $82,500! Reports from the floor say the underbidder was a 9-year-old kid!
Images: RM Auctions