Stunning your vital different with a brand new automotive fee on a Lexus this vacation season? Not cool, bud. If you are going to make rash, irresponsible monetary choices, you gotta suppose greater than some lame ES350 in Moonbeam Beige Metallic from a December to Remember—we advise hopping on this heaping scoop of “rotisserie restoration” and “coping with trans-Pacific worldwide customs” and scooping up this barn-find 1973 Nissan Skyline GT-R at the moment on the market in Hokkaido, Japan. The sale was just lately reported by The Drive and resurfaced a couple of months in the past on Reddit.
Look, I do know you have been all jazzed up about presenting your man or gal with an anodyne mid-grade crossover lease full with the massive ol’ pink bow, however remember you should purchase these outsized bows on-line and slap it on just about something you need—together with the aforementioned Nissan. This dusty pink coupe is without doubt one of the semi-obscure second-gen Skyline GT-Rs that solely ran for a single mannequin 12 months as a part of the so-called “Kenmeri” Skyline household, named after the delightfully chipper younger couple (Ken and Mary) featured within the up to date tv commercials. That is proper—as a substitute of some evocative nickname like Hakosuka (Skyline) or Godzilla worn by the first-gen and third-gen GT-Rs respectively, this high-revving, tire-squealing sports activities coupe takes its nickname from a automotive business.
It is a full automotive in keeping with the itemizing, which means the fascinating 2.0-liter S20 inline-six is current, returning a really wholesome 158 horsepower and 131 lb-ft to the rear wheels by way of a five-speed handbook transmission. In comparison with later generations of Nissan GT-R—R32, R33, R34, and the current R35—the driving expertise of the primary two generations of GT-R is characterised not by sake-spilling twin-turbo all-wheel-drive launches, however the identical rear-wheel-drive, naturally aspirated smoothness as a 240Z or Toyota 2000GT.
You do not have to fret about your S/O’s car-dork aunt gifting the identical factor both, as solely 197 Kenmeri GT-Rs have been offered earlier than the following 1973 Oil Disaster eradicated demand and the GT-R nameplate was canceled till the R32 technology debuted for 1989. Of these, solely seven left the manufacturing unit in pink, making this Kenmeri GT-R probably the most collectible and rarest Japanese classics we have ever seen come to market. Consider all of the bonding you two might do as you clear the carbs and rebuild the brakes—not that this may want greater than sympathetic restoration, contemplating the mothballed GT-R has reportedly lined solely 31,000 unique miles.
This automotive has apparently remained up for grabs for fairly a while, with some reviews pegging this automotive sitting on the open marketplace for the previous 4 years. With an asking worth of round $338,000, that is hardly shocking, however as values of those uncommon Kenmeri GT-Rs proceed to climb, that begins to look much less and fewer ridiculous. Plus, if you cannot be bothered to carry out the restoration your self, Nissan can be tickled pink to revive it for you, supplied the fairly clandestine NISMO restoration program is not only for R32s and you may afford the staggering $432,000 financial institution hit. In fact, it is too dangerous you missed out on the pristine instance that offered 5 years in the past in RM Sotheby’s Monterey public sale; it offered on a relatively paltry high bid of $176,000.
If you happen to suppose this would be the excellent stocking—er, storage—stuffer, head over to Yahoo Auctions Japan to bid or get in contact with the vendor.