- Only non-Australian built R32 GT-R driven by Skaife
- Was used in an appearance at the 1991 Macau Grand Prix
- Sold for AU$434,000 before bonuses
UPDATE, January 24: The R32 GT-R sold out on Yahoo! Japan for JPY¥35,471,000, equivalent to AU$434,000.
Revenue is only the winning bid, not including taxes and bonuses.
The auction ended at 8:30 p.m. AEDT on Sunday, January 23.
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January the 21st : The Group A R32 GT-R used by Australian racing legend Mark Skaife for an international appearance is currently up for auction at Tokyo Auto Salon 2022.
According to Detective V8, this Taisan-built R32 GT-R is the same car Skaife used at the Macau Grand Prix in 1991, competing in the Guia Classic Support Race.
It was the only non-Australian Skaife R32 GT-R driven, the racing legend known for his dominating efforts in the R32 GT-Rs built by Gibson Motorsport in Australia, which included the 1992 ATCC title and two Bathurst 1000 wins alongside Jim Richards.
While the car now wears the same livery as it did in its 1991 JTCC campaign, it had a very different white, green and yellow to those sponsored by Watson for Skaife’s Macau drive.
The R32 sporting Watson livery with Skaife driving at the Macau GP in 1991
The differences between the Australian-built Group A Gibson R32 GT-Rs and their Japanese counterparts have been widely documented, mainly because Gibson cars were believed to be faster and much more durable.
Skaife shared his racing experience with the Taisan R32 at MOTOR in our festive Nissan GT-R edition of the magazine in 2019.
“It was good for us to go drive because we ended up putting our (Australian Holinger) gearbox in there and a few other things,” he said. MOTOR at the time.
“It highlighted how good our car was in comparison. The difference was huge – (the Japanese car) just wasn’t in the same league.
Skaife failed to complete the support race at Macau when the GT-R developed a mechanical problem on lap 10 of 30.
The GT-R is still in Japan and is believed to be one of two surviving Taisan Group A R32 race cars, the other currently in the Nissan Heritage Collection in Yokohama.
The Skyline is currently being auctioned by Japanese company BINGO in association with Yahoo! Japan and Tokyo Auto Salon, where the car is currently on display.
The engine is said to have been mostly stock Group A spec since it raced in 1991, but now has a new N1 spec RB26DETT instead of the stock race engine.
At the time of writing, the highest bid on the GT-R was JPY¥22,728,273, or AU$277,473, with the auction ending on Sunday, January 23 at 8:30 p.m. AEDT.
You can view the full list of auctions on Yahoo! Japan here.