RARE R33 GT-R LE MANS LIMITED EDITION SELLS FOR $78K+ AUD

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We rarely see these on the market, but Nippon2U recently listed a rare 1996 Nissan R33 Skyline GT-R V-Spec LM edition with 126,555km and an auction grade of 4 that sold for over 6 million Yen, converting to $78,372.31 AUD. Here’s a history briefing on it to help you understand it’s value. 

It was Nissan’s goal to enter into GT1 class racing and the BPR series after their R32 GT-R was rejected from Group A racing and an adjustment of rules made them leave Group C racing in 1994. To qualify, Nissan created the R33 GT-R LM and the first appearance was in 1995 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, where it placed 10th overall and 5th in it’s class against some of the worlds most expensive supercars including Mclaren F1’s and Ferraris.

The 1995 LM made 400bhp with an N1 spec RB26DETT engine, a 6-speed sequential gearbox, weighing 1150kg, featuring a wide aerokit and was converted rear wheel drive.

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In 1996 Nissan produced only 188 street legal versions in honour of the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans race – 102 V-Spec models and 86 base model R33 GT-R’s which came in only a signature Champion Blue (BT2). They featured a carbon fibre wing, GT-R N1 front bar ducts and bonnet, and a trademark GT-R badge. It was still based heavily of the original R33 GT-R with the body of a 2 door coupe, an RB26DETT engine and a 5-speed manual gearbox.

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In Australia, a decent condition series 1 R33 GT-R goes for $30k, a series 2 R33 GT-R goes for $35k – 40k and a series 3 R33 GT-R goes for $40k – $50k. So for the near $30k extra, what do you think of the R33 GT-R LM Limited Edition?

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Images courtesy of Top Gear, Supercars.net, Torque GT and GTR Registry.