Vintage Skylines on display in New York
Motoring fans at the recent New York Auto Show received a huge treat when Nissan showed up with five vintage Skylines to accompany its latest model.
As if Nissan revealing its latest and greatest R35 GT-R at the New York Auto Show last month wasn’t a big enough thrill for fans of the model, the Japanese firm also brought a long a host of vintage Skylines from yesteryear, and they are absolutely gorgeous.
The Skyline was the grandfather of the original lines of GT-Rs, which amassed Nissan so much respect in both racing circles and among gamers.
Warning: if you don’t like polished chrome and retro interiors
1971-1972 KPGC10 Skyline GT-R
Launched in 1971, this stunning two-door coupé was driven by a naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre engine, which was capable of punching out around 161bhp at 7,000rpm. Moreover, the KPGC10 tipped the scales at just 1,100kg, giving it a huge advantage over the heavier supercars at the time.
1973 KPGC110 Skyline GT-R
In the midst of an oil crisis, the second-generation GT-R didn’t sell as well as Nissan had hoped. As a result, only 197 were built, which makes finding a nice example today extremely difficult. With a 2.0-litre engine similar to its predecessor, this Skyline didn’t boast massive performance improvements, but it did have a more complex rear suspension and rear disc brakes.
1995-1998 R33 Skyline GT-R
The R33 pictured above isn’t that dissimilar from today’s current production model. It just goes to show how far ahead Nissan was when it came to designing cars. With a twin-turbocharged 2.6-litre lump under the bonnet, the R33 was no slouch and could go from 0-60mph in just 5.4 seconds.
1999-2002 R34 Skyline GT-R
One of the biggest stars of the Fast and the Furious movie franchise, the R34 is also revered by video gamers because of its numerous appearances in racing games. It was also the last model to be produced under the Skyline moniker and subsequent generations became simply GT-Rs.
2015 R35 GT-R Nismo
The 2015 Nismo is still the fastest GT-R ever produced and boasts a Nüburgring lap time of 7mins 8.679secs. It proves that when Nismo puts its engineering prowess into a car the results are astounding: 0-60mph in an eye watering 2.7 seconds and 591bhp!