Japanese cars star in Shannons 40th Anniversary Online Auction
- Super rare Nissan R34 GT-R M-Spec Nür coupe
- Fabulous fabulous ‘Hakosuka’ GT-R replica
- 1992 Honda NSX Coupe
- 1972 Honda ‘Zot’ Z360 in project condition
Japanese sporting cars will again be favourites with collectors at Shannons upcoming 40th Anniversary auction.
Three Nissan GT-R variants, four very different Subaru models, a rare and collectible 1967 Toyota Corona 1600 GT5 Coupe, an exotic Honda NSX coupe and a cute and now rarely seen Honda Z360 Hatchback in ‘project’ condition are up for grabs in the timed online auction, which runs from November 23-30.
The performance king of the collection is an iconic M-Spec Nür version of the Nissan R34 GT-R coupe, one of just 285 M-Spec cars fitted with the special N1 engine.
Built in July 2002, it is amongst the very few genuine Nür-spec R34s resident in Australia, according to the authoritative GT-R Registry and number 993 of the 1003 Nürs built.
Adding to its exclusivity, it is the last Pearl White car of the 75 made in this colour, showing just 38,423 km on its odometer at the time of cataloguing and coming to auction substantially unmodified and very well presented throughout.
Perfect for the Skyline collector, the Nür is the ultimate standard production R34 GT-R and prices have risen dramatically in recent years, making this very clean example a fantastic investment at its expected selling price of $300,000 - $350,000.
As an alternative for those who miss out on the Nür, there is also a 1993 Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R V-Spec 1 Coupe in the auction, build number 489 of the 1,396 V-Spec R32 Skyline GT-Rs built, according to the online Registry.
This very desirable V-Spec R32 Skyline GT-R is one of the most collectible Skylines made, with examples rarely come up for sale in Australia. With its Brembo brakes, 17-inch BBS wheels shod with bigger tread and revised 4WD system, these cars dominated Australian racing in the early 1990s, twice winning the Bathurst 1000 and the Australian Touring Car Championship and earning the nickname 'Godzilla'.
Cosmetically improved and freshly repainted, this very clean V-Spec R32 is offered with ‘no reserve’ and an expected selling price of $80,000-$100,000.
The third in the trilogy of ‘Nissan GT-Rs’ in the auction is a fabulous ‘Hakosuka’ GT-R replica.
This stunning tribute to this rare Japanese muscle car is well-known in Australia through features in local magazines and comes with books and reference material.
Built around a KGC10 Skyline 2000GT Coupe, the GT-R was privately imported into Australia by an enthusiast back in 2003, before passing to the previous owner the following year.
Mechanically, the Skyline features a 3.1-litre L28 engine fed by triple Mikuni Solex PHH44 carburettors mated to an LA6 five-speed gearbox. Notable features include its Fujisubo headers and exhaust, electronic distributor with an HEC ignition coil and an R180 differential.
Now showing an indicated 79,375 km on its odometer at the time of cataloguing, the Skyline is a well-known car on the local JDM scene and is expected to sell in the $110,000 - $140,000 range.
Another iconic Japanese sporting car is Australian-delivered 1992 Honda NSX Coupe – Japan's first modern supercar.
Notable for winning the first two Targa Tasmania tarmac rallies in 1992 and 1993 and finished in the same iconic red over black, the automatic gearbox NSX coming to auction showed 172,322km on its odometer at the time of cataloguing, presenting a great opportunity to purchase a good example of Honda’s increasingly valuable supercar at its expected $80,000-$100,000 selling price.
Attractive Japanese coupe alternatives in the auction are a rare and collectible 1967 Toyota Corona 1600 GT5 with a freshly rebuilt motor, formerly part of Al Palmer’s renowned Toyota collection in Penrith, that is expected to sell with ‘no reserve’ in the $35,000 - $45,000 range.
Another stylish alternative to the NSX is rare, all-wheel-drive 1993 Subaru SVX – one of just of 249 examples sold new in Australia – showing around 70,000km on its odometer and expected to bring a very affordable $23,000-$26,000.
Two Toyota MR2 coupes – a two owner 1988 model in outstanding, factory condition ($20,000 - $25,000) and a low-mileage (33,000km), two-owner 1990 'Targa' Coupe with books (‘no reserve’ $35,000 - $40,000) are also in the auction.
Another appealing Japanese sporting coupe on offer is a rare white, Australian-delivered Series 3 Mazda RX-7 coupe currently owned by a Sydney collector that is expected to sell with ‘no reserve’ in good condition for $28,000-$38,000.
An obvious alternative is a well-cared-for World Rally Blue 1998 Subaru Impreza WRX that is slated to sell for $30,000-$36,000.
A 1982 Toyota RA60 Celica – a remarkably well-preserved 2.0 XT Automatic Coupe with just 48,380km showing on its odometer at the time of cataloguing (‘no reserve’ $10,000 - $15,000); a desirable limited edition 1990 Subaru Brumby ‘Ag-Quip’ Utility with an exhaustive service history ($20,000-$25,000); a ‘no reserve’ 1991 Subaru L-Series Enduro Station Wagon ($6,000-$10,000) and a 1989 Mitsubishi Magna first-generation Elante Sedan with a factory body kit and the sportier EFI engine and rare manual gearbox; ($6,000 - $10,000), are other affordable Japanese classics in the auction.
However, the lot that will get a lot of bidders excited could be the diminutive and rarely-seen 1972 Honda ‘Zot’ Z360 Hatchback offered in project condition and with ‘no reserve’.
Powered by a 354cc SOHC twin-cylinder engine, this rare survivor was discovered by the current Sydney owner who originally intended to restore the car for his collection of Japanese classics but is now offering it for sale in substantially complete condition.
Finished in the iconic yellow made famous in the movie “Malcolm”, the Honda is showing 79,690 miles on the clock at the time of cataloguing and does start and run, but will need a complete restoration.
Offered with ‘no reserve’, it is expected to sell for $4,000-$6,000.