The Car Lovers Guide to Japan, The Nissan Heritage Museum

This is a 1954 Prince Skyline Sport.  The Skyline sport was the Prince brands flagship.

The Skyline Sport was a very high end car in Japan.  It has an Italian designed body and a huge, powerful 1900cc 94 hp engine.  It was the first Japanese luxury sports car.

Here is the iconic 1960 Skyline Sport Coupe.  It’s striking body was designed in Italy by Giovanni Michelotti.    It was the first Japanese sports coupe at the time. This car is the precursor to the Skyline GT-R and is the great grandfather of the R35 GT-R.  You can see little bits of the R35’s styling in its DNA.

Here is the 1969 Skyline 2000 PGC10 GT-R sedan. This is the first Skyline GT-R.  The GT-R was successful in racing in Japan scoring 52 victories in Japan’s JAF GP race series. For some reason I didn’t see the famous iconic Coupe KPGC10 Hakosuka GT-R here.  I think it was on display at some other Nissan museum, possibly the corporate Gallery headquarters.

The GT-R was powered by the 2000cc S20 DOHC 4 valve, inline 6 cylinder engine with triple 40mm Mikuni Solex sidedraft carburettors putting out 160 hp at 7000 rpm.


  1. The first couple of cars are actually based on Austin 7. It’s an evolution of that model. As for the BTCC Nissan Primera: That brigs back memories. I used to work on that one. There are actually parts bearing my anagram.

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