While U.S. enthusiasts are losing their minds over legally-imported R32 Nissan Skyline GT-Rs, Japan has enjoyed Nissan’s halo sports car for almost 50 years, beginning way back with the 1969 C10 Nissan Skyline GT-R. Of course, the first time we tasted Nissan’s forbidden fruit was in 2009, when the R35 GT-R made landfall on our shores. Now, provided you have the means, you can play catch-up on all those wasted years with this fantastic 1972 Nissan Skyline GT-R up for sale during Gooding & Co.’s Pebble Beach auction.
This is one of the rare C10 “Hakosuka” (Boxy skyline) GT-Rs, a car hardly seen outside of Japan. The first GT-R was a run of homologation specials, meant to nip at the heels of worldwide competition. In its final iteration, the C10 GT-R packed a rev-happy 2.0-liter inline-six engine, pushing out 160 hp and 131 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission.
Purchased in Yokohama, Japan in 2015, this GT-R was subjected to a sympathetic restoration at the hands of a respected Costa Rica restoration shop. The car was in good condition to begin with, as only small portions of the rockers had rust spots. The shop cleaned and rebuilt the brakes, steering, and suspension, and only cleaned and repainted components on the transmission and engine. Inside, the car was simply cleaned and detailed, necessitating only a few replacement plastic trim pieces.
When the 1973 GT-R crosses the block, Gooding & Co. predicts a final price somewhere around $275,000. If this six-figure price tag doesn’t dissuade you, make sure to head over to Gooding & Co.’s Pebble Beach auction on August 20th and 21st.
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