Only non-Australian built R32 GT-R driven by Skaife
Was used in a guest appearance at the 1991 Macau Grand Prix
Sold for AU$434k before bounties
UPDATE, January 24: The R32 GT-R has been sold on Yahoo! Japan for JPY¥35,471,000, the equivalent of AU$434,000.
The sales figure is just the winning bid, without taking into account taxes and premiums.
The auction ended on Sunday, January 23 at 8:30 PM AEDT.
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21st of January: The Group A-spec R32 GT-R used by Australian motorsport legend Mark Skaife for an international racing appearance is currently up for auction at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon.
According to V8 tracker, this Taisan-built R32 GT-R is the same car Skaife used in the 1991 Macau Grand Prix, which competed in the Guia classic support race.
It was the only non-Australian R32 GT-R to drive Skaife, the racing legend known for his dominant efforts in the Australian Gibson Motorsport built R32 GT-Rs, including the 1992 ATCC title and two Bathurst 1000 wins alongside Jim Richards.
Although the car now wears the same livery as it was during the 1991 JTCC campaign, it featured a very different white, green and yellow than the Watson-sponsored stepping stone for the drive from Skaife to Macau.
The R32 in Watson’s livery with Skaife behind the wheel during the 1991 Macau GP
The differences between the Group A Australian-built Gibson R32 GT-Rs and their Japanese counterparts are widely documented, mainly because the Gibson cars were thought to be faster and much more durable.
Skaife shared his experience racing the Taisan R32 to ENGINE in our festive 2019 Nissan GT-R issue of the magazine.
“It was good for us to get going because we ended up putting in our (Australian Holinger) gearbox and a few other things,” he said. ENGINE back then.
“It highlighted how good our car was in comparison. The difference was huge – (the Japanese car) just wasn’t in the same class.”
Skaife was unable to finish the support race in Macau when the GT-R suffered a mechanical problem on lap 10 of 30.
The GT-R is still in Japan and is said to be just one of two remaining Taisan Group A R32 race cars, while the other is currently in the Nissan Heritage Collection in Yokohama.
The Skyline is currently being auctioned by the Japanese company BINGO in partnership with Yahoo! Japan and Tokyo Auto Salon, where the car is currently on display.
It is said to be largely in the original Group A spec from when it raced in 1991, but now has a newer N1 spec RB26DETT in place of the original race bike.
At the time of writing, the highest bid for the GT-R was JPY¥22,728,273 or AU$277,473, and the auction ended on Sunday, January 23 at 8:30 PM AEDT.
You can view the full auction list on Yahoo! Japanese here.