Prices for the R34 Nissan Skyline GT-Rs have skyrocketed in recent years (blame the “Gran Turismo” and the PlayStation generation) and are currently a prime example for sale that will probably be an additional attraction for most fans.
The car was one of 16 examples imported by MotorX before the Fed destroyed the company in the mid-2000s, and according to San Diego-based Hive Auto Group’s list, the car was largely driven by Paul Walker.
The car is claimed to have only 21,242 actual miles, most of which have been racked up by the “Fast and Furious” star, who, according to the list, was selected to run the mileage required for proper import. Walker was an ardent GT-R fan, one of the reasons his character Brian O’Connor appeared behind GT-R’s wheels on multiple occasions. Incredibly, the studio actually wanted O’Connor to drive a Dodge Neon SRT-4 in “Fast 2 Furious”, which actually appeared on the screen instead of the now famous Silver R34 GT-R.
Another plus of this car is the R34 GT-R’s Bayside Blue Hero color. And the graphics it wears are from a famous BFGoodrich poster that it played in the early 2000s.
Like all R34 GT-Rs, the car comes with a 6-speed manual, all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering and a twin-turbocharged 2.6-liter inline-6. The engine is officially rated at 276 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, although it is well known that this is a small statistic to limit the output to 276 hp in the interest of safety among Japanese automakers to meet the previous gentleman’s agreement. The V-Spec II adds a few extras like a standard limited-slip differential behind the grade.
What about the 25-year rule for easy importation of classic cars in the United States? The R34 Skyline will not be eligible until 2024, but the rule already allows the R32 and R33 generations to be imported, and the GT-R versions of those vehicles feature a mechanical setup similar to the R34 GT-R but are usually sold at a much lower price.