Why Are Skylines So Expensive?

June 14, 2023

We’re seeing articles in newspapers, car websites and feature pieces on TV news in many countries at the moment about how classic cars are going up in price like crazy. It’s a classic case of supply and demand economics. Skylines are highly desirable and so they’re inherently going to be more expensive than average second hand models.

Also, since they weren’t cheap cars when new to begin with, that only serves to increase their prices even further. Then you factor in that they are considered collector’s items, which further adds to their price.

There’s also the fact that a Skyline R34 can be very easily turned into a supercar. That’s not something you can say for most other second hand cars, particularly if you don’t have a lot of money to put into the modifications. It’s important to know what you’re doing though, as pushing a Skyline R34 too hard can be disastrous. So, make sure you’re working with a tuner who specialises in 90’s Skylines and understands what they’re capable of.

Another reason Skylines are so expensive is that they’re becoming rarer and rarer by the day. As the population of Skylines decreases, their prices will continue to rise. This is especially true if you’re looking for a Skyline that’s in mint condition. You’ll find that the rarer Skylines (like the NISMO Z-Tune and V-Spec II N1) will be a lot more expensive than the standard R34s.


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