Collecting Cars April 2024 auction results: Japanese legends and a quirky classic in NZ

Jet Sanchez
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2002 Nissan Skyline (R34) GT-R V-Spec II

2002 Nissan Skyline (R34) GT-R V-Spec II

The April 2024 auction on Collecting Cars brought a spotlight to some of New Zealand and Australia's most unique automotive treasures. 

Among the standout vehicles sold to Kiwis were a 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II, a 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition and a charming 1957 BMW Isetta 300.

2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II: a Japanese performance icon

2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II

The sought-after 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II sold for an impressive NZ$191,888. This model, renowned for its twin-turbocharged 2.6-litre straight-six engine, delivers around 209kW to all four wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, making it a formidable presence on the road.

This particular GT-R, originally delivered in Japan and residing in New Zealand for the past six years, stands out with its low mileage of 52,642km. It's one of only 1855 V-Spec II examples ever produced, and one of just 198 finished in the striking Black Pearl.

2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II

The V-Spec II upgrades include a carbon fibre bonnet with a NACA duct, aluminium pedals and enhanced aerodynamics.

Equipped with an Apexi exhaust system and an Alpine touchscreen media system, this GT-R blends performance with modern comforts. Despite a minor collision in 2018 and some replaced panels, its detailed maintenance history, including recent services at Giltrap Nissan, ensures it remains in prime condition.

2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition: a modern hot hatch

2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition

Equally compelling was the sale of a 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition for NZ$93,888. This hot hatch, a rare find with only delivery mileage, is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 236kW. It’s number 10 of just 20 units delivered to Australia, making it a coveted piece for enthusiasts.

The Limited Edition boasts numerous upgrades, such as a revised front bumper, larger air intake, and 20-inch BBS forged alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. 

2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition

The interior is equally compelling, featuring Alcantara-trimmed elements and an Active Sound Control (ASC) system for an enhanced driving experience. Finished in exclusive Sunlight Yellow, this Civic Type R is a standout both in performance and appearance.

1957 BMW Isetta 300: the charming microcar

1957 BMW Isetta 300

Stealing hearts with its retro charm, the 1957 BMW Isetta 300 fetched NZ$47,000. This microcar, powered by a 298cc single-cylinder engine, delivers a modest 9.6kW but offers a unique driving experience. Imported to New Zealand in 1966, it has been lovingly maintained by its current owner for the past 18 years.

1957 BMW Isetta 300

The Isetta’s two-tone Japan Red and Feather White paint scheme, coupled with grey leather upholstery, makes it a visual delight. Its compact size and distinctive styling, including a fold-back sunroof and rear luggage rack, add to its nostalgic appeal. Recent maintenance and a comprehensive restoration history ensure this microcar is not just a showpiece but also a reliable classic.

Auction highlights 

2003 BMW M3 CSL

The April auction featured several other notable sales, showcasing the diverse interests of car collectors:

  • 2003 BMW M3 CSL (E46): This lightweight, high-performance coupe sold for AUD$285,000, reflecting its rarity and desirability.
  • Ferrari Quartet: Four iconic Ferraris changed hands, including a 2003 575M Coupe (AUD$235,000), a 1994 512 TR (AUD$218,000), a 2001 360 Modena F1 (AUD$147,000), and a 1990 348 TS (AUD$101,000).
  • 1956 Chevrolet 3100 Hot-Rod: This American muscle car, with a 1,000+ horsepower supercharged V8 engine, fetched AUD$200,000.
  • 1984 Renault 5 Turbo: This rally-prepared car sold for AUD$115,800, celebrated for its motorsport pedigree.
  • 2018 Alpine A110 Premiere Edition: Number 40 of 60 delivered to Australia, this sleek coupe reached AUD$100,500.

Market insights and future events

Lee Hallett, Head of Asia-Pacific at Collecting Cars, commented on the strong performance of these vehicles, “Collecting Cars’ April 2024 results show the market for classic and collector cars remains solid in Australia and New Zealand. Discerning buyers are showing a strong appetite to bid and this is especially evident with many of the collector cars sellers are listing with us.”

Looking ahead, Collecting Cars is set to host its Melbourne Coffee Run on May 19, 2024, at Calder Park Thunderdome. This event, part of a global series, promises to gather an eclectic mix of classic and collectible cars.


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