1999 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R V-Spec

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While the term icon is thrown around far too often, there would be a very short line of individuals who'd argue the Skyline isn't one. As the brainchild of a manufacturer who was better known for simple shopping cars in the UK, little was known about the monster that was the R32. All that changed with the introduction of Gran Tourismo on the Playstation. Suddenly, a number of relatively unknown Japanese sports cars were thrust into the limelight with all sorts of weird and wonderful specifications; twin turbos, straight 6 and V6 engines, big normally aspirated V8s and even rotary engines – a helping of automotive heaven for all tastes.

Whilst Gran Tourismo brought the Skyline – or 'Godzilla' as it was affectionately known – to new heights, the Fast and Furious movie franchise was about to take it into the stratosphere. Importers were hounded with requests for cars, hoovering up every good R32 and R33 they could. Nissan themselves noticed the surge in interest and decided to officially import 80 R34s into the UK. These were adapted for European use by the fitment of oil coolers for the engine, gearbox and the AWD's transfer box. The engine ECU was replaced, there was a multi-function display fitted giving readouts for boost pressure, exhaust and intake manifold air temperature and even injector delivery. The finishing touch to the interior added Connolly leather-trimmed seats and all 80 sold out almost immediately.

Power came from the now-famous RB26DETT 2.6-litre twin-turbo straight-six, in its third iteration and a host of upgrades over its predecessor including ceramic turbos running ball-race bearings that helped increase torque to 289lb-ft. Power was officially capped at 276bhp – a gentleman's agreement between Japanese car manufacturers at the time – however, it is understood the car actually produced north of 300bhp. 

Power came from the now-famous RB26DETT 2.6-litre twin-turbo straight-six

Due to the car's original design in motorsport, vast amounts of power were only a few tweaks away – an ECU remap can raise power to around 350bhp, while the engine can reportedly produce up to three times that and because of their giant-killing status, finding an unmolested example is becoming increasingly difficult. Here at PaddlUp, we are delighted to offer this particular car – a 1999 R34 GT-R V-SPEC – in original and unmodified condition. 

Supplied new in Japan, March 1999 with stunning Black Pearl (GV1) paint, the car was specified with rear wiper, privacy glass, rear fog light, glove box light and multi-function display with additional gauges and Nav/TV/stereo. The car was then imported into the UK in April 2008 and stored until its first MOT and UK registration in late 2009. The owner then stored the car until it was purchased by the current owner. Having been kept in specialist car storage for the past 2 years and spent the 7 years prior in the owner's personal indoor storage, this R34 has only covered approximately 1,500km in the past 14 years. We understand the car experienced a malfunctioning instrument cluster and was subsequently changed to a used genuine NISMO unit. The replacement unit shows 31,388km less than the original and currently reads a total of 88,900km, meaning the car has officially covered a total of 120,288km / 74,744 miles.

In November 2020, the car was subject to some recommissioning work which included a new Bosch battery, a full service including changing all oils and filters using premium products, a new Dayco cambelt, cambelt tensioner and water pump, a new rocker cover gasket, new front brake discs and pads, new ignition coil packs, and NGK spark plugs. The car was then fitted with the correct Bridgestone Potenza 245/40R18 tyres in February 2021.

This particular car will be eligible for USA import in 2024 and would make a fantastic potential investment opportunity, as well as a stunning stablemate to any car collection.

At A Glance

  • The Defining 90's Performance Hero
  • Powered By The Iconic 2.6 Litre 6 Cylinder RB26DETT
  • Extremely Rare Unmodified Example With Only 2 UK Owners
  • 1,500km Covered In The Past 14 Years 
  • Nationwide Delivery & On-Site Short/Long Term Storage Available
VIN 002994
Year 1999
Mileage 74,743
Exterior colour Black Pearl (GV1)
Interior colour Black
Upholstery colour Grey
Driver's side RHD
Transmission Manual
Engine Size 2.6L
Fuel type Petrol