Lot of Rare JDM Cars Will Likely Draw Deep Pockets at Auction

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague
lot of rare jdm cars will likely draw deep pockets at auction

The Fast and the Furious franchise was the spark the dry powder keg in the Japanese domestic market (JDM) enthusiast world needed. Huge action and impressive racing scenes exposed newbies and diehard fans of other types of cars to models like the Nissan Skyline, Mitsubishi Lancer EVO, and the now-unobtainable Toyota Supra. We don’t see these cars coming up for sale often, but a whole load of impeccable Japanese metal is heading to auction on Bring a Trailer

Several companies in the U.S. specialize in importing Japanese sports cars, but there are a few models in this lot that aren’t run-of-the-mill JDM imports. The 1994 Nissan Skyline R32 GTR VSpec II N1 is car number 35 out of just 63 built, and next to it, there’s a 1994 Subaru Impreza STI Wagon number 22 of 200.

While getting a deal at auction is possible, sites like Bring a Trailer and Cars and Bids frequently devolve into intense bidding wars nearing the end of popular auctions. It’s not uncommon to find a car at a reasonable price, only to have its bid amount skyrocket in the last few minutes. Auctions also tend to end at unbelievably crazy prices, so it’s possible these cars’ winning bids raise some eyebrows. In any case, get ready to fight and spend some money if you want one of these cars.

[Image: The Cultivated Collector]

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  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Sep 22, 2022

    Judging by absence of comments it is premature to assign collectable classic status to 1990s Japanese cars on TTAC. May be 50 years later.

    • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Sep 23, 2022

      Because I'm old and slow, I finally saw my first JDM R34 Skyline GT-R in person last year, at a traffic light. Just like the first time I stood next to a Lamborghini Countach, my overall impression was "wow that is disappointingly small."

  • Jeanbaptiste Jeanbaptiste on Sep 26, 2022

    The bubble free dash on the R32!