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327km/h+ Bathurst Skyline joins museum

THE R32 Nissan Skyline Sports Sedan famously clocked at 327km/h on Mount Panorama’s Conrod Straight in February has become a museum piece.

Built and raced by Tasmanian tuner Brad Sherriff, the car has been placed in the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania in Lindsay Street, Launceston.

The Skyline was repaired after a crash in the final race at the Bathurst 12 Hour. Pic: National Automobile Museum of Tasmania

It has not turned a wheel since the Combined Sedans races at the Bathurst 12 Hour, where extreme straightline speed made it a viral sensation.

A 1000bhp+ billet block Skyline engine propelled the car to 327km/h through the official speed trap on Conrod, and up to 338km/h according to Sherriff’s own data.

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That rang alarm bells at Motorsport Australia and triggered the implementation of a power-to-weight ratio limit for Sports Sedans.

Sherriff has subsequently built a replacement machine, based on an R34 model Skyline, with which to tackle the 2024 Sports Sedan Series.

Inside the beast. Pic: National Automobile Museum of Tasmania

The R32 is up for sale and currently sits with another legendary Sports Sedan, John McCormack’s 1970s Valiant Charger, in the museum.

Sherriff’s car holds lap records at Tassie tracks Baskerville, where it beat Alan Jones’ long-standing outright marker, and Symmons Plains, where it holds the Sports Sedan benchmark.

The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania is open 9am-5pm, seven days a week.

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