Australia’s most expensive Japanese Nissan car at $ 1.4 million


99% of the time, the sharp end of the Australian auto market tends to be populated with exotic European cars or mint locally made muscle cars. Every now and then you will get something weird, like a really nice Toyota Supra MkIV or a Dodge Viper RT / 10, but these are normally the kind of brands you would expect: Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Nissan… Hold on. , what ?

You read correctly. At present, the third most expensive car listed on Car sales – Australia’s biggest car ad – is a Nissan.

What, superficially, you might be able to understand. Really cool Skyline GT-Rs or 240Zs are going for dumb money these days. But what’s even more surprising is that it’s not a GT-R that tops the charts. In fact, it’s a successful Nissan Pulsar sedan from the ’90s.

Specifically, a 1994 Nissan Pulsar GTI-R which is currently stored in Melbourne… That they ask for $ 1,350,000. It immediately reminds me of this quote from The castle – “tell him he’s dreaming”. But is that really a price as crazy as it sounds?

Take a look at the ‘potato cannon’ exhaust. Image: Car sales

Based on the fourth generation Nissan Pulsar N14 subcompact, the GTI-R was produced between 1990 and 1994 as an improved homologation model so that Nissan could enter Group A rallies. GTI-R is largely the same as that of its cheaper econobox siblings, it is easily distinguished by its large rear spoiler and large hood scoop – “out” of the factory, they say.

Unlike real hot Japanese hatches, its modifications are functional – and much more than deep. Its unpretentious body hides a powerful 169 kW turbo-four and a remarkably advanced all-wheel drive system that allows the car to go 0 to 100 km / h in 5.4 seconds: truly impressive in the 90s and still quite enough. impressive by today’s standards.

Pulsars are not uncommon but the GTI-R remains a rather rare beast, especially one in this condition. While the listing does not include any photos of the interior or engine bay, the car looks superficially brand new. It is apparently unmodified and in “pristine condition” according to the seller – a rarity, given that this car (like many affordable Japanese sports cars of the ’90s) has been absolutely battered and tampered with by generations of young drivers.

Okay, this is perhaps the finest example of a rare JDM pocket rocket. But surely they are not serious about this price?

It’s common on online classifieds for sellers to list cars with incredibly low or high prices in order to get people’s attention, however gross the behavior. It is absolutely widespread Facebook market, where many cars are listed for $ 1 or $ 1,234… Or they will deliberately drop a zero and then say in the description something like “THE PRICE IS 14,000 NO LOWBALLERS, I KNOW WHAT I HAVE”. You know the chorus. It is quite possible that this is what is happening here.

A more affordable alternative: Australia’s next most expensive GTI-R. Image: Car sales

For the prospect, the fourth most expensive car on Carsales right now is a 2020 Rolls-Royce Phantom listed for $ 1.2 million and the second most expensive car is a 1963 Aston Martin DB5 in competition condition which we have already discussed here at DMARGE.

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More relevant still, the next most expensive GTI-R on Carsales is this model 1990 above, listed for $ 38,700 in Sydney. It’s older, has more miles on the odometer, and has been significantly altered – but it’s otherwise in a state of cracking. It’s also less than 3% of the price of the 1994 example.

Maybe the insane price has to do with the 1994 heritage plaques. Heritage Plates can be worth an absolute fortune: according to, “In Victoria, for example, the number ‘1’ would be worth a few million dollars, while a 6-digit random number would be worth around $ 5,000.” So a double-digit heritage license plate like Pulsar’s could be worth a pretty penny, potentially a lot more than the car it’s attached to… But again, is it worth close to $ 1.4 million?

We are just not sure. Go through the list and judge for yourself.

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