Why is the Midnight Purple Color on the GTR So Rare?

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Why is the Midnight Purple Color on the GTR So Rare?

Midnight Purple is considered one of the most unique factory colors produced by any brand. Color-shifting paint is difficult to produce, and doing so on a large scale while maintaining consistent quality and finish is even more challenging. Despite this, Nissan decided to try their hand at it, producing LP2 Midnight Purple, LV4 Midnight Purple 2, and LX0 Midnight Purple 3. These colors are now highly prized by collectors and enthusiasts.

Midnight Purple was first introduced as LP2 for the Nissan R33, and it was a standard metallic purple color. The R34 versions, known as Midnight Purple II and III, featured color-shifting properties. The majority of Midnight Purple II cars were V-Spec variants. On the used car market, cars in Midnight Purple (and Millenium Jade) often sell for a higher price than other cars in different colors.

There are some differences between the two color-shifting Midnight Purple variants. Midnight Purple II shifts between purple and green tones, while Midnight Purple III shifts between purple, blue, and gold, and is generally brighter than Midnight Purple II. The exact colors that you see will depend on the angle and lighting.


For many people, the Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R is the ultimate Japanese sports car. Whether it is the car's performance, style, or reputation that attracts us, we all seem to have a deep appreciation for this iconic vehicle. Owning a Midnight Purple GTR is the dream of many car enthusiasts, and it is clear that these cars command a high premium in the market today and are likely to continue to increase in value in the future.

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