Nissan Skylines don't get much rarer than this 2000 GTR KPGC110

Before the 2000s supercar, Nissan gave the GT-R name to its Skyline sportscars, some of which are incredibly rare

Honda has the NSX, Toyota has the LFA, and Nissan has the GT-R. These behemoths of Japanese high performance machinery each have their own legend, but arguably none quite as established as Nissan’s entry.

The GT-R name was originally given to the Skyline series of cars, and was first appeared in 1969 on a 2.0-litre inline-six vehicle. By the late 1990s the engines had only got a bit larger, but the styling was more aggressive. If you wanted to buy a GT-R outside of Japan, it was also far easier, albeit in limited production numbers.

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Rarity has always been a marketable feature of the Skyline GT-Rs, even during the days they were tearing up touring cars in Australia with the nickname ‘Godzilla’, and this 1973 Skyline 2000 GT-R (KPGC110) is one of the rarest. It’s selling with BH Auction at the Tokyo Auto Salon and is expected to attract ¥75,000,000 - ¥105,000,000 ($692,250 - $969,150, £547,700 - £766,800, €608,850 - €852,400).

It’s one of only 197 of the KPGC110 ‘Ken & Merry’ cars that were built, and even rarer than that as one of just five that were produced in red. The odd name came from an advertising campaign featuring a young couple. That colour scheme has been kept since, with some minor touches to keep it looking good as new, and the mechanical expects of the car are all still in original condition. In the last 45 years it has been driven 15,000km in total, a small amount for what is undoubtedly one of the best drivers of its time.

Maintenance of the car has meant its in full working order, which is good because we doubt there’ll be a huge amount of spares left over from its one year production run.

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