The third-generation C10 Skyline, nicknamed “Hakosuka” (pronounced Hak-OH-skaa and loosely translated as Boxy Skyline), was introduced in 1968. It was originally conceived by Prince and was badged and marketed by Nissan after the company’s merger. With the success of the first 2000GT, Nissan further developed the Skyline with the triple-carbureted 2000GT-X and, the ultimate iteration, the DOHC 2000GT-R.
The first GT-R was launched in February 1969 as a four-door sedan (type PGC10). It was powered by the race-derived S20 engine, which featured dual overhead camshafts, a cross-flow head with four valves per cylinder, and a hemispherical combustion chamber fed by triple dual-throat Mikuni-Solex side-draft carburetors. A two-door coupe version (KPGC10) would debut in October 1970 and ultimately be introduced to the public in March 1971. It is believed that only 1,115 GT-R Coupes were produced between 1970 and 1972.
Nissan stripped the GT-R down to its bare essentials, as they intended to conquer the Japanese Grand Prix series, and conquer they did. The Hakosuka Skyline racked up an indomitable 46 straight and outright class wins and more than 50 overall wins over a three-year run, cementing the GT-R legend.
This Hakosuka Skyline has been imported by a knowledgeable collector of Japanese sports cars, and included with its sale is a copy of the official Japanese Export Certificate, which states that the car had 41,500 kilometers as of October 12, 2007, and 41,600 kilometers on September 5, 2013. Its mileage is commensurate with the car’s sympathetically restored original condition, and it remains below 42,000 kilometers. One cannot overstate the rarity and burgeoning interest of these exciting and very entertaining sports cars. To find a low mileage, sympathetically restored, and virtually original example in the U.S. is an opportunity not to be missed, and one that is unlikely to be repeated any time soon.
This car will be auctioned on August 16th and is expected to come in between $125,000 and $175000. Interested?