Back in 2020, there was a pretty cool anniversary that had JDM fans celebrating around the world. One of the most iconic nameplates in the world of performance cars reached its 50-year milestone - the GT-R. It’s one of those badges that means something, every single incarnation of the car has been special in its own way. The older ones are worth a fair chunk of change, and even the most modern incarnation will set you back a bit. Every model was quite different too, the technology packed in between year models made the cars not only fast, but they could handle any bends and curves a racetrack could throw at them. The R35 was a bit different, first previewed in 2007 at the Tokyo Motor Show before hitting the streets in 2009, it became an iconic modern sportscar with supercar performance. It was so good that the same car is still in production a good 14 years later. Of course, every other year the car was given more power, updated systems and a few visual tweaks and changes. While the car was brilliant, after the 10-year mark fans wanted a new version of the car. Not because anything was wrong with it, but because if you lined up a bunch from different years you’d be hard-pressed to tell them apart. When the 50th anniversary was approaching, images of the car you see here started doing the rounds online and people initially thought it was the latest incarnation of the R35. It was and it wasn’t. The car was a collaboration between Nissan and the famed design outfit, Italdesign, and it had a very limited production run of just 18 cars. This made it the rarest and most expensive GT-R ever produced.
Take a look at the YouTube video from when the Italdesign Nissan GT-R collaboration car was launched a few years back. The redesigned GT-R was something quite different from the norm, and it has very mixed reviews on the styling. The car did have rarity going for it though, and to some people that counts and makes them want it for their own collections: Nissan GT-R 50 by Italdesign - Tazio Nuvolari circuit | Nissan
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