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Lot 169

1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec

  • Chassis no. BNR34-001416

Sold for £25,300

Documents: Japanese Export Certificate

  • Two owners from new
  • Delivered new in Japan, where it has remained since new
  • Iconic Japanese road racer in sought-after V-Spec configuration
  • Rare, early and highly desirable 1,000 series example

While many of the PlayStation generation may have first experienced the drama of the R34 GT-R V-Spec via Gran Turismo, it was an appearance in The Fast and the Furious franchise that led to an explosion in global popularity for the R34 GT-R. Indeed, Paul Walker drove an R34 GT-R in 2 Fast 2 Furious, enhancing its almost mythical status.

But it was in the ‘real’ world where the R34 GT-R V-Spec would cement its reputation. Described by Evo magazine as 'A warrior-class performer' in its 2007 road test, where a standard R34 GT-R was pitted against the likes of a McLaren F1, Pagani Zonda, Ferrari F40 and Bugatti Veyron, the GT-R’s reputation as a class act remained intact.

The V-Spec (Victory Specification) was offered with a number of upgrades over the standard R34 and came equipped with arguably one of the most technically sophisticated four-wheel- drive/steer chassis in the world: the ATTESA E-TS Pro system. The V-Spec also benefited from an active limited-slip differential at the rear. Along with its mechanical upgrades, the V-Spec also had firmer suspension and lower ground clearance, as well as a rear carbon fibre air diffuser.

The Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec offered here was first registered in Japan in February 1999 and is one of a limited number of 1,000 series cars—as noted in the chassis number. It has remained in Japan from new and has been with its present Japanese consignor, who purchased the car from its original owner two years ago. It has accrued 146,000 km on its odometer, but its consignor reports that it is in good condition both inside and out and has never been used in any races or involved in an accident.

These early versions of the iconic R34-generation Nissan Skyline GT-R series are coveted by collectors because they are increasingly difficult to find, particularly in standard, unmolested form. This V-Spec example remains largely original throughout and would be a prime example to drive and enjoy.

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