This Nissan Skyline GT-R ‘Hakosuka’ being put up for auction is the spiritual standard bearer of Japanese engineering and the great grandfather of the Nissan’s current GT-R. According to Gooding & Company (who will be selling this at the Concours D’elegance in Pebble Beach), the car first started its life as a luxury vehicle made by the Prince Motor company.
Back in 1969, the 2.0-litre Skyline saloon was the first Nissan to wear a GT-R badge. A coupé followed in 1971 and a replacement model, with production limited to 197 units, in 1973. And that was the end of the GT-R until a Skyline more like the one we know appeared in 1990, with a twin-turbo straight six.