January 18, 2012
Some Sporty Skylines
Attention Skyline fans.
Back in December we blogged on the first part of this exhibition at Nissan’s Global Headquarters, which highlighted the series’ 55-year history. Now we’ll look at some of the sedans in the latest display.
In the spotlight – the Prince Skyline Sport.
Only 60 coupés and convertibles were made, and this was the first Japanese car with a design commissioned from abroad. (Some techniques developed in production were later used with the Prince Royal, the official car of the Japanese Imperial Household.)
The second-generation S50 was light, agile, and a complete contrast to the large American car styling of the first Skyline. The sealed engine was advertised as “maintenance-free”.
The 1972 “Ken and Mary” Skyline took its name from two characters in its TV commercials. Hundreds of thousands of Ken and Mary t-shirts were sold in Japan, helping to make the Skyline a household name. (Here are Ken and Mary themselves, courtesy of YouTube.)
Below is the long-nose body GT version. Special technology was developed to help the engine meet 1975’s strict new exhaust emission regulations.
The sixth-generation Skyline was nicknamed the “Paul Newman”, after the actor and racing enthusiast who starred in ads for the car. It was the first Skyline not to have short- and long-nose versions.
The Skyline’s evolution progressed during the 1990s. The ERC32 was significantly shorter and lighter than its predecessors, giving it improved handling.
Handling was further improved with the 1998 ER34, thanks to a shortened wheelbase and a stiffer body.
The most recent Skyline, the 55th Anniversary Limited Edition.
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