Straight outta J-pan. Engrish from our man in Japan. Read if you dare.
Japanese old school cars are becoming popular in Japan and USA. Some American people shipped old Japanese cars from Japan to USA. You can see Nissan's old Skyline (Hakosuka) at the Japanese Classic Car Show or in Super Street magazine.
In 1964, one of Japanese car company, "Prince Motor Company" developed Skyline GT-B (S54) for taking part in the race. Basically Skyline was not Nissan's car. Nissan merged Price motor in 1966. Prince Skyline GT-B is starting of Skyline racing history. Prince Skyline GT-B took part in the second Japan Grand Prix in Suzuka in 1954. At the race, Skyline GT-B passed Porsche 904. But Porsche passed Skyline at the next lap. At the time, most of Japanese car guys excited because one Japanese car passed Porsche racing car. Nobody expect that scene. Prince Skyline GT-B has OHC 2000cc motor, which makes 125hp.
Skyline GT-B (S54) is second generation of Skyline. First generation of Skyline is 1957 model. After Nissan merged Prince Motor Company, Nissan announced Skyline GT (GC10) sedan in 1968. That is 'Hakosuka' Skyline. GC10 Skyline has straight six, SOHC, L20 motor. In 1969, Nissan announced first model of Skyline GT-R (PGC10). PGC10 GT-R has straight six, DOHC, S20 (1989cc) motor which makes 160hp. In fact, GT-R's S20 motor was from Prince's racing car (R380). The streetcar has racecar's motor that's why may people were interested in GT-R in those days.
In 1971, Nissan put S20 GT-R motor on Nissan Z (S30), called Z432. In same time, Nissan announced GT-R coupe (KPGC10). From 1969, Nissan was taking in the race with GT-R and Toyota (1600GT) and Mazda (Familia rotary coupe) could not pass the GT-R in the race. Nissan Skyline GT-R racecar made win over 50 times at the Japanese race from 1969 to 1972. But from 1972, GT-R was hard to win at the races in Japan because Mazda RX-3 was faster than GT-R.
In fall 1972, Nissan announced fourth generation of Skyline (C110). Nissan shipped C110 Skyline to Europe (called 'Datsun 240K'). In 1972, Nissan announced KPGC110 Skyline GT-R but Nissan made only 197 KPGC110 GT-R because of the oil crisis and the low of emission. Nissan built KPGC110 GT-R racecar but never took part in the any races. After Nissan stopped to make KPGC110 GT-R, Nissan didn't make GT-R until Nissan announced R32 Skyline GT-R in 1989. Now, Japanese old school cars have something attraction. That's why Japanese old school cars are becoming popular.