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Classic JDM Hakosuka Skyline Is Better Than A GT-R Replica

Nissan KGC10 rocks a 3.1-liter stroker engine, Work Meister wheels and Mk4 Supra paint.

Sean Lea
Oct 2, 2020
Photographer: Stinna Lakota

SCANDINAVIAN HAKOSUKA OWNER

The KGC10 Hakosuka Skyline is a hero car when it comes to the JDM car scene and you'll rarely find someone who doesn't lust after them. I'm certainly no exception to this, but my history on the Skyline is a little fuzzy at times. Maybe it's because we were never graced with these cars in the States, and instead, left to drool over them in magazines and videos.

Car enthusiasts in parts of Europe shared a similar experience. Although they received the Nissan Skyline starting with the fifth generation, they didn't get any of the original GT-Rs like the RB26DETT-powered R32, and most people probably couldn't fathom owning something as rare as the Hakosuka, that is, unless you're Allan Arp of Denmark.

1972 Nissan Skyline Hakosuka Victory 50 Fender Flares 03 Photo 39/39   |   Classic JDM Hakosuka Skyline Is Better Than A GT-R Replica

In Allan's hometown of Odense, it's very difficult and expensive to import a JDM gem like the 'Hako' with much higher taxes compared to the U.S. Because of this you won't find many old school Japanese car owners in Scandinavia, especially when you can pick up an older German classic car for significantly less. Allan's not one to play by the rules, though, as you can tell right away from his beautifully crafted 1972 Skyline 2000GT.

3 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE KNOWN ABOUT THE HAKOSUKA

  1. The Nissan Skyline was introduced in 1969 at the Tokyo Motor Show; however, before that, the Skyline name was actually used by the Japanese automaker Prince. Nissan and Prince merged in 1966 to combine the technology of Prince with the sales network of Nissan.
  2. One of the more interesting bullet points of the Prince/Nissan merger is just how much race technology that Prince brought to the table, specifically with the Skyline GT-R race program as Nissan won 80+ races in their first two years.
  3. Crazier still, the first GT-Rs were all four-door. The two-door coupe wasn't even available until the 1971-1972 model run and only 1,113 were produced, making them impossible to find today.

1972 Nissan Skyline Hakosuka Oil Cooler Lines Photo 39/39   |   Classic JDM Hakosuka Skyline Is Better Than A GT-R Replica

SKYLINE UNDERGOES GT-R MAKEOVER

Due to the slim number of authentic GT-Rs in the world, 99% of the modified Hakosukas you see are lower-end models and GT-R conversions, much like Allan's project car. Allan's Hako wears GT-R-style fenders and front spoiler, plus an OEM rear spoiler to give it a bit of validation. We can't forget that his Hako arrived in really rough shape from Yahoo! Japan auctions as a retired and rusted racecar. We have to give Allan a lot of credit for all the countless hours in the garage it took to bring the Skyline back to life, especially once draped in Anthracite Metallic—a color sampled from the Mk4 Toyota Supra.

AGGRESSIVE WITH THE FITMENT

Overall the exterior follows the "less is more" approach to keep the styling true to the GT-R. When it came to the chassis and under the hood, Allan didn't hold back and kicked things up a few notches. Wheel fitment was addressed first; the Work Meister CR01s measuring 15x10" and 15x12" with aggressive negative offsets are some serious rollers.

A set of custom valved dampers and lowering springs help glue the lightweight coupe to the road, while adjustable arms from Techno Toy Tuning and replacement bushings from Whiteline keep it all aligned properly. Brakes are mostly stock, the only upgrades being a set of Endless pads up front and Project Mu shoes in back.

1972 Nissan Skyline Hakosuka Velocity Stacks Photo 39/39   |   Classic JDM Hakosuka Skyline Is Better Than A GT-R Replica

3.1-LITER STROKER L28

Under the hood, the stock L20 has been replaced with the later offered L28 engine. The block has been upgraded with forged JE pistons, a set of H-beam rods, and a VO740 crankshaft. L-series engine nerds will catch the last part as the crank is plucked from Nissan's LD28 diesel motor. This is key to making 3.1-liters of displacement for the straight-six. Oversized 47mm Rebello valves and Kameari valve springs are up top and it's all force fed as much fuel and air as possible through a beautifully polished set of triple Mikuni carbs. The total package is good enough for 240hp and 205 lb-ft of torque, a massive improvement from the original 109hp 12-valve as well as the OG GT-R's 160hp S20 inline-six.

THE GREAT DANE

When you take into consideration that this car was imported, sight unseen, 5,000 miles away from Japan, then factor in Allan accomplished his stunning vision in his hometown of Odenese, the result is remarkable and perhaps more rewarding than owning an original GT-R.

Special thank you to photographers Stinna Lakota and Mike Crawat, and be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes video.

5 HAKOSUKA BUILDS FROM THE SUPER STREET ARCHIVES

  • Pulled from the 2010 archives is this S20-powered 2000GT-R from Biko Works.
  • A real deal Skyline GT-R from Thailand that's been upgraded with a RB26DETT engine swap.
  • AP Garage does the unthinkable and slams a 2000 GT-X Hakosuka on air-ride.
  • Most Skylines you see are silver or white; however this owner from Japan paints his '72 model orange.
  • Southern California's own Rick Ishitani and his '71 2000 GT-X on SSR wheels.

1972 Nissan Skyline Hakosuka Work Meister CR01 Wheels Photo 39/39   |   Classic JDM Hakosuka Skyline Is Better Than A GT-R Replica
1972 Nissan Skyline Hakosuka Toyo R888 Tires Photo 39/39   |   Classic JDM Hakosuka Skyline Is Better Than A GT-R Replica
By Sean Lea
2 Articles
Classic JDM Hakosuka Skyline Is Better Than A GT-R Replica
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Car: 1972 Nissan Skyline (KGC10)
Owner: Allan Arp
Hometown: Odense, Denmark
Occupation: enthusiast
Instagram: @dizzthiz
Power 240hp, 205 lb-ft of torque
Engine: 12-valve straight-six L28 engine stroked to 3.1-liter; VO740 crankshaft; JE pistons; aftermarket connecting rods; Rebello 47mm custom valves; Kameari valve springs, race head gasket, race chain, chain tensioner, crank pulley, water pump, adjustable pulley; ARP bolt set; Mikuni 44mm carburetors; oil catch can; black aramid hoses and fittings; high capacity fuel pump; upgraded radiator
Drivetrain: five-speed manual transmission; Exedy clutch
Footwork & Chassis: custom valved dampers, lowering springs; Whiteline bushing set; Techno Toy Tuning adjustable tension rods
Brakes: Endless pads; Project Mu rear shoes
Wheels & Tires: 15x10" -31 front, 15x12" -53 rear Work Meister CR01 wheels in matte gunmetal; 195/50R15 front, 235/50R15 rear Toyo Proxes R888 tires
Exterior: Victory 50 fender flares; aftermarket GT-R-style front spoiler, FRP hood, FRP trunk; OEM GT-R rear spoiler; OEM Toyota Supra Anthracite 1A4 paint
Interior: Bride seats; Takata harnesses; Nardi steering wheel; restored headliner and door panels; Speedhut gauges; Pioneer speakers

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