Ultimate Modern Classic
Before most cars become collectible they first go through a long period of depreciation followed by a stint in the doldrums when servicing and repairs become uneconomical. Then, after most have been scrapped, they might go through a revival spurred on by nostalgic ex-owners wanting to relive their youth. But for some cars, collectible status comes sooner, much sooner. Like this one. Read on...
In 2015 I wrote about a 2009 Nissan GT-R that went on to sell for $47K. One year later I covered a similar 2010 car with only 25,000kms on the clock that sold for $65K. Fast forward to 2023 and this car, a 2010 example showing 61000kms, is available to buy at $93,045. And it’s far from an anomaly. A quick squiz on Trade Me suggests this is one of the cheapest Nissan GT-Rs on the market in NZ.
The reality is, the Nissan GT-R, like many supercars, was destined to be a collectible modern classic the day the car was unveiled in 2007 at the Tokyo Motor Show. The unveiling was preceded by a film clip showing the GT-R beating a contemporary Porsche 911 Turbo around a wet Nurburbring.
The GT-R is a technical marvel with each engine being hand built by one of five trained techs in a sealed, dustless workshop. Each GT-R is then tested on a circuit by a professional test driver. The attention to detail was top end supercar level while the sticker price undercut the other big players significantly. So, yeah, it’s near future as a modern, collectible classic was assured.
This example has been in NZ since 2015 and has travelled 61000kms. And while it hasn’t surpassed its price when new (around $160,000NZ) it probably won’t be long before it does. So, get in now while it’s still by far the cheapest bona fide supercar you can get.
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