I think we all know it by now: Nissan Skyline GT-Rs are some of the most coveted machines on the planet. Many rare and clean examples have gone into the six figures (and even seven figures) area, and it’s all because of the legend surrounding Nissan’s performance car. There’s no such thing as a cheap GT-R anymore, and this rust bucket R32 that failed to sell in Japan is proof.
As written by Nia Video host Andrew Hawkins on YouTube, this GT-R found its way into the wreckage of a Japanese car auction. That said, “damaged” seriously undercuts the car’s condition. It has no windshield and rear window, and several of its body panels are broken inside. It also has a rusty case, best defined by rotted rocker panels and rear fenders that are half gone.
The car is not officially listed online, as far as we can tell. The world of Japanese car auctions is like a traditional auction house, with just a good dose of speed running. Instead of having an auctioneer and cars passing by on the platform, you sign up in advance, get a clicker, and watch the screen until the car you want shows up. Once it’s on the screen, you click until the bidding stops or you run out of money, and within minutes, you own the car.
Hawkins expected the car to be an affordable $10,000 GT-R project to ship back to his home in Australia, but the auction exceeded his estimate. He bid up to about $12,000, and the highest bid for the GT-R did not reach the reserve, which was reportedly set north of $18,000. In fact, the revolution exceeded the expectations of any reasonable person. There may be some valuable parts in the ATTESA all-wheel drive system with the RB26DETT engine, but if the rust on the outside is any indication, the drivetrain probably won’t be in the best shape.