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Like usual, I was bored yesterday at work, so, like all normal people, I decided to work out the average MSRP of some of the cars I have owned, and some other cars from the same era that were popular.

So, what triggered this weird investigation? I found out the retail price of my new car when it was new. It certainly wasn’t cheap, so that made me wonder how it compared to other cars at the time.

As a base line, a couple of really common cars,

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The R34 Skyline GTR had an MSRP of 5,950,000 JPY (Japanese Yen). This equates to $79,831 NZD in today’s money (NZD16), or $59,030 NZD in old timey 2002 money (NZD02).

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In comparison an RX7 Spirit R was 3,998,000 JPY, or $53,650 NZD16/$39,671 NZD02

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The much loved Mk4 Supra RZ was 4,390,000 JPY/$58,913 NZD16/$43,562 NZD02

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On the other end of the scale, our little Honda Fit was only 1,575,000 JPY/$21,145 NZD16/$17,724 NZD07

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And who could forget the awesome little 2015 Suzuki Alto Works. 1,617,840 JPY/$21,720 NZD16

The R34 GTR was bloody expensive!

So, heres the list, of both cars I have owned, and ones I think are interesting. NZDX is the cost of the car in its own year, or in other words, how many dollar bills you’d have to part with in the showroom back then. Keeping in mind at the time, some of these cars cost more than houses!

YearMakeModelJPYNZD16NZDX
2017HondaNSX¥23,700,000.00$318,169.00$318,169.00
2001HondaNSX Type S¥10,357,000.00$139,042.00$101,085.00
1994BMWM3 E36¥7,300,000.00$98,002.00$63,407.00
2000NissanSkyline GTR R34¥5,950,000.00$79,831.00$59,030.00
1996BMW525i E39¥5,280,000.00$70,884.00$48,047.00
2016BMW320i¥4,890,000.00$65,648.00$65,648.00
1998BMW323i E46¥4,680,000.00$62,829.00$43,774.00
1996ToyotaSupra RZ MK4¥4,390,000.00$58,913.00$43,562.00
2003SubaruLegacy S401 STI¥4,350,000.00$58,399.00$44,473.00
2002MazdaRX7 Spirit R¥3,998,000.00$53,650.00$39,671.00
2006NissanSkyline V36 SP¥3,801,000.00$51,028.00$42,644.00
2006VWGolf GTI MK5¥3,440,000.00$46,182.00$38,594.00
1993SubaruLegacy GT¥3,070,000.00$41,215.00$25,895.00
1996NissanSkyline R33 25T¥3,065,000.00$41,148.00$27,892.00
1999SubaruWRX STI Type R¥3,009,000.00$40,396.00$27,890.00
1998MitsubishiGalant VR4¥2,673,000.00$35,885.00$25,002.00
2003SubaruLegacy B4 RSK¥2,513,000.00$33,737.00$25,692.00
1998HondaPrelude Type S¥2,493,000.00$33,469.00$23,319.00
1996HondaType R DC2¥2,358,000.00$31,656.00$21,458.00
1993ToyotaCorolla FXGT¥1,754,000.00$23,578.00$14,814.00
2007SuzukiSwift Sport¥1,627,500.00$21,850.00$18,315.00
2015SuzukiAlto Works¥1,617,840.00$21,720.00$21,720.00
2007HondaFit GE8¥1,575,000.00$21,145.00$17,724.00

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