Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Medium
Production years: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972

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In 1966, Nissan bought the small Japanese company named Prince, that had a long history in motor racing. And together they developed a special, four-door sedan: it was the Skyline GT-R.

The Prince company tried to win over the Porsche 904 but they failed in 1964. In 1965 Prince developed a special, mid-engine, race-car named Nissan R380 that won against the Porsche 906 in 1966 at the Japanese Grand Prix. The engine that propelled the R380 was installed in a four-door sedan: the Skyline. It was unusual for those days to have a performance car under a regular sedan body. But the recipe worked well and the Skyline GT-R from that first-generation won dozens of races.

Its look was simple for those times. It was a three-box sedan with four round headlights. Nothing special would tell the bystanders that under the hood was a true racing engine. Only in 1971, Nissan decided to launch a coupe version for the four-door Skyline.

Inside, the car started to reveal its true racing-inspired DNA. The bucket seats, the 5-speed manual, and the instrument cluster that featured a tachometer were some of the clues. The car was large inside, and it was the most desirable Japanese car in Japan from those times.

The technical department was the most interesting part of the 1969 Nissan Skyline GT-R (PGC10). It featured an inline-six engine with dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder. It offered 160 hp, which was a huge number for that era. Soon, the local tuners understood that the power could have been increased above 200 hp with the proper setup, carburetors, and headers. The front independent suspension and the limited-slip differential to the rear axle were part of the race-inspired components. It was fitted with front disc brakes and rear drums.

NISSAN Skyline GT-R (PGC-10) 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972
  1 gasoline engine
  • S20 5MT (160 HP)

NISSAN Skyline GT-R (PGC-10)
S20 5MT (160 HP)

Displacement:1989 cm3
Power:120 KW @ 7000 RPM
160 HP @ 7000 RPM
161 BHP @ 7000 RPM
Torque:131 lb-ft @ 5600 RPM
178 Nm @ 5600 RPM
Fuel System:3 Carburetors
Top Speed:125 mph (201 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):8.3 s
Drive Type:Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox:5-speed manual
Tire Size:6.45 H 14
Length:173.2 in (4399 mm)
Width:65.6 in (1666 mm)
Height:54 in (1372 mm)
Front/rear Track:54/53.7 in (1,372/1,364 mm)
Wheelbase:103.9 in (2639 mm)
Ground Clearance:6.3 in (160 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd):0.41
Unladen Weight:2469 lbs (1120 kg)
Gross Weight Limit:3075 lbs (1395 kg)
City:17.8 mpg US (13.2 L/100Km)
Highway:27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
Combined:20.1 mpg US (11.7 L/100Km)
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