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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!

Year Make Model JPY NZD16 NZDX
2017 Honda NSX ¥23,700,000.00 $318,169.00 $318,169.00
2001 Honda NSX Type S ¥10,357,000.00 $139,042.00 $101,085.00
1994 BMW M3 E36 ¥7,300,000.00 $98,002.00 $63,407.00
2000 Nissan Skyline GTR R34 ¥5,950,000.00 $79,831.00 $59,030.00
1996 BMW 525i E39 ¥5,280,000.00 $70,884.00 $48,047.00
2016 BMW 320i ¥4,890,000.00 $65,648.00 $65,648.00
1998 BMW 323i E46 ¥4,680,000.00 $62,829.00 $43,774.00
1996 Toyota Supra RZ MK4 ¥4,390,000.00 $58,913.00 $43,562.00
2003 Subaru Legacy S401 STI ¥4,350,000.00 $58,399.00 $44,473.00
2002 Mazda RX7 Spirit R ¥3,998,000.00 $53,650.00 $39,671.00
2006 Nissan Skyline V36 SP ¥3,801,000.00 $51,028.00 $42,644.00
2006 VW Golf GTI MK5 ¥3,440,000.00 $46,182.00 $38,594.00
1993 Subaru Legacy GT ¥3,070,000.00 $41,215.00 $25,895.00
1996 Nissan Skyline R33 25T ¥3,065,000.00 $41,148.00 $27,892.00
1999 Subaru WRX STI Type R ¥3,009,000.00 $40,396.00 $27,890.00
1998 Mitsubishi Galant VR4 ¥2,673,000.00 $35,885.00 $25,002.00
2003 Subaru Legacy B4 RSK ¥2,513,000.00 $33,737.00 $25,692.00
1998 Honda Prelude Type S ¥2,493,000.00 $33,469.00 $23,319.00
1996 Honda Type R DC2 ¥2,358,000.00 $31,656.00 $21,458.00
1993 Toyota Corolla FXGT ¥1,754,000.00 $23,578.00 $14,814.00
2007 Suzuki Swift Sport ¥1,627,500.00 $21,850.00 $18,315.00
2015 Suzuki Alto Works ¥1,617,840.00 $21,720.00 $21,720.00
2007 Honda Fit GE8 ¥1,575,000.00 $21,145.00 $17,724.00

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