The Nissan Skyline Motor Car
Since its inception in 1933, Yokohama City, Nissan has grown to become a formidable multinational automobile manufacturer. Nissan cars are sold under the following brands: Datsun, Infiniti, and Nissan.
As at 2013, Nissan was the sixth largest automobile manufacturer in the world and is a leading Japanese brand in Mexico, China, and Russia.
The Nissan Skyline is one of the lines of compact, sports, and executive cars produced by Nissan. With over forty years of production, the Skyline is in no doubt one of the world’s most historic cars. Production started in 1955 and was originally handled by Prince Motor Company.
In 1966 they merged with Nissan, selling the Skyline at dealership channels called Nissan Prince Shops.
Shinichiro Sakurai has been a major influence on the design and engineering of the Skyline, even after his death in 2011.
The Skyline was largely designed and engineered by Shinichiro Sakurai from inception, and he remained a chief influence of the car until his death in 2011.
Skylines come in a variety of styles – coupe, sedan, station wagons, convertibles, and crossovers.
Skyline started production with ALSI – 1 Series, built in 1957 and being in the forms of sedan and station wagon. It was powered by a GA30, OHV inline 4 engine producing 60 hp.
The ALSI- 2 Series soon followed in 1958, up until 1963. It was the same as the first series with few modifications.
In 1961, a limited sport edition of the Skyline series was produced; BLRA- 3. It came in coupe and convertible forms and produced 94hp. The only downside however was that the car was too expensive, giving way to the S 50-E series which was cheaper to produce.
In 1964, there were attempts to make racing cars by the Prince. The S 50 was therefore modified – appearance and engine. The resulting car was called the S54 Series (Skyline 2000GT).
Next was the 1500 series which was produced between 1968 and 1972. It came in the form of a 4-door sedan or wagon and featured the G15 engine. These were the last cars produced under the Prince Badge. Subsequent cars were renamed Nissan Skyline.
Since production of the Nissan Skyline, the brand has produced a total of 17 models namely:
1. The Skyline 2000GT (GC-10 series)
2. The Skyline 2000GT-R (PGC-10 series)
3. 2000 GT-R
4. The C211
5. R30 RS
6. The R30 Skyline RS
7. GTS Coupes
8. The GTS Coupes
9. R32 GT-R
10. The R32 Skyline GT-R
11. R33 GT-R Nismo 400R
12. The R33 Skyline GT-R
13. NISMO 400R and GT-R LM
14. Autech GT-R 4-door
15. R34 GT-R
16. V35 GT-R
17. V35 GT-R
In conclusion, the Nissan brand has come to stay and will remain one of the industry leaders for a very long time.