If you could go back in time and invest in one object to sell later, a rare Nissan Skyline has to be high on the list to consider. Last year, a one-of-44 Nismo 400R sold for £701,400 - and it wasn’t even the most expensive of 2022, with an R34 Z-Tune going for just shy of $2m (approx. £1.6m). Now, there’s another that could go for a ridiculous sum.
This is a Tommy Kaira R-Z, a one-of-11 car based on a factory-fresh R34 GT-R V-Spec II. If you’re not familiar with its work, Tommy Kaira is a Japanese tuning firm with a particular affinity for spicing up Nissans (and a brief spell of making its own sports cars). At the time of the R-Z’s production, it operated similarly to German manufacturer Ruf - completely rebranding and reworking its cars from the production line, with the agreement of the manufacturer.
In the case of the R-Z, Tommy Kaira would bore out the twin-turbo straight-six RB26 to 2.7-litre and add a whole host of upgrades, taking power up to 530bhp from the factory-quoted 276bhp (a conservative figure as a result of the Japanese gentleman’s agreement).
As well as swapping out the factory badging for its own turtle logo, Tommy Kaira reworked the aerodynamics - including a gargantuan rear wing and diffuser. The interior had a similar reworking, with TK-branded seats, a new instrument closer and a few extra trimmings.
This particular example, built in 2001, currently resides in Australia and has covered 28,628 miles. It looks especially tidy - with the only note of previous damage is a minor repair on the right-side rear wheel arch.
It’s practically still in Tommy Kaira’s factory spec too, with the exception of a set of bronze Rays TE37s wrapped in Nitto tyres. It’s worth noting that the once-carbon fibre bonnet has been swapped out for a fibreglass piece, with no explanation as to why.
At the time of writing, it currently sits at $375,500 Australian (approx. £195,000), but expect that to skyrocket with four days still left and a bidding war seemingly brewing. Check out the auction on Collecting Cars.