The Taisan-built Nissan GT-R raced by Mark Skaife in 1991 has sold for almost half a million dollars at an auction in Japan. Pic: BINGO

A JAPANESE Touring Car Championship Nissan GT-R that was raced in period by Mark Skaife has sold at auction in Japan for almost half a million dollars.

The car, built and raced by Team Taisan in 1991, was among the lots in the Collection Car online auction that formed part of the Tokyo Auto Salon 2022 custom car show.

Skaife raced the car at the 1991 Macau Grand Prix in the Guia touring car support race, and turned some fast practice laps at that year’s JTC season finale at Fuji before team politics saw him benched for the rest of the weekend.

The car is unusual in that it is the only Japanese-built GT-R to be raced in period by an Australian pilot; conversely, it is also the only GT-R that Skaife raced which was not built by Gibson Motorsport.

After being passed in when it was last auctioned in 2018, the GT-R was sold for 39,018,100 yen including taxes (approximately AU$477,700) when the auction closed at the weekend.

The GT-R is presented as it raced in the 1991 JTCC. Pic: BINGO

According to the car’s previous auction listing in 2018, Taisan built a new car for the 1992 season – a car that now resides in Nissan’s heritage collection – while this machine went on to tackle the South East Asian Touring Car Championship in 1993.

Restored back to its 1991 JTC livery, the car retains its unique water-cooling system for the brakes that incorporated a large tank in the cockpit next to the driver, however it is fitted with a later N1-spec RB26DETT engine rather than the original Group A-spec unit.

Will Dale is V8 Sleuth's Head of Content - Digital. He began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.