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1993 Nissan Skyline

GT-R
$52.6M at Mecum Monterey 2022
Thursday, 18 August - Saturday, 20 August
$140,000
Not sold at a high bid of
$275,000 - $350,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
S68.2
Lot Number
#2-
Modified original
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. BNR32303811. White over black. Full build by Top Secret in Japan, N1 engine stroked to 2.8L and fully upgraded with too many supporting mods to list, OZ wheels, HKS suspension, AP Racing brakes, ABS deleted, fiberglass hood, roll cage, Top Secret steering wheel and shifter

Evaluation: The left door has a paint chip near the edge of the fender. The hood has small chips on the leading edge and the alignment sits high at the back there are also chips on the lower front bumper. The engine compartment shows some light use but is clean. The underside shows no meaningful wear or deterioration and the interior shows little use. An important piece of Japanese tuner culture built by one of the major shops.

Bottom Line: Top Secret is one of the best-known tuning shops in Japan, but like with the R34 GT-R that sold one lot prior, Mecum’s reputation as a muscle car auction company worked against this car. Offering a JDM tuner amongst high end muscle cars likely meant that the right audience for this car was not on the grounds. Considering that a car of this caliber should have brought money in the neighborhood of the $275,000 low estimate, the seller was right to hang on to the car.

by Greg Ingold
14 September 2022
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
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Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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