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A Tribute To The Original Nissan Skyline GT-R: Video


In 1969, Nissan introduced a car that would go on to become the stuff of legend and (eventually) lead to the development of the modern Nissan GT-R. Called the Skyline GT-R (for Gran Turismo Racer), it was launched in sedan form but later offered as a two-door coupe beginning in 1971.

First generation Skyline GT-Rs, like the car in the video above, were powered by a 2.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, good for 160 horsepower in stock trim. The original drivetrain layout was front-engine, rear drive, and all-wheel-drive didn’t appear in the Skyline GT-R until the third generation, launched in 1989.

Original generation Skyline GT-Rs were built from 1969 until 1972, with a total production of just 1,945 units according to Wikipedia. The car quickly earned a reputation on the racetrack, racking up some 1,000 race wins during its short production run and adding to the GT-R’s mystique.

If you have a passion for early Japanese sports cars, you probably know about a shop called JDM Legends. Its business is servicing and restoring classic Japanese cars, like the KPGC10 Skyline GT-R coupe seen here.

Watching JDM Legend’s crown jewel lap the race track, and hearing the exhaust song from the triple-carb-fed straight-six, we can’t help wonder why more collectors don’t seek these cars out, They look great, they sound better and they’re far more affordable than vintage iron from Germany or Italy.
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  1. the simple answer to your final question is becasue they are Japanese. For some reason afficionados in the USA who are ito restoration projects always clamour for old school detroit iron. the new age people who like to tinker with their cars especially japanese cars will only be looking at models from the past 8-10 years at the most.
     
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  2. @WizardsLore, it's not just old Detroit stuff that has a following here. There are plenty of vintage Porsches and VWs, Alfas and even the odd Fiat. Aside from the original Nissan Z cars, you rarely see vintage Japanese stuff here.
     
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  3. @ Kurt, a slight generalisation on my part but besides from the Detroit cars and a smattering of Euro classics which never go out of style, old school japanese cars are few and far between over there. Here you will find people harking back to those small and perky Japanese cars and giving them a massive going over to bring them into the 21st century
     
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