• This 1969 Nissan Skyline GT-R is a uncommon first-year mannequin.
• The Japanese home market Skyline was imported to the U.S. in 2013.
• Bidding on this premium itemizing public sale ends on Might 26.
Convey a Trailer, which like Automotive and Driver is a part of Hearst Autos, has auctioned 141 Nissan GT-Rs and Skyline GT-Rs, however it has by no means had an instance from the debut mannequin 12 months. Which implies this 1969 Nissan Skyline GT-R marks a uncommon—and really cool—alternative.
To be clear, the Skyline nameplate really predates Nissan. The Prince motor firm constructed Skyline sedans and wagons earlier than Nissan acquired it within the mid-Nineteen Sixties. The Skyline formally grew to become a Nissan in 1969, and the high-performance GT-R was launched the identical 12 months.
The primary-year Nissan Skyline GT-R was offered as a sedan solely. It is believed that solely 832 examples of the C10-generation Skyline GT-R sedan have been constructed earlier than the physique type was supplanted by the coupe in 1970.
This automotive retains its fender-mounted mirrors and is fitted with 14-inch black-painted Watanabe wheels. The physique has its share of bruises, the paint has quite a few flaws, and the chrome trim is pitted. Someway, that solely enhances the attraction, because it’s clear this JDM legend is not any storage queen.
The C10 GT-R is powered by an S20 2.0-liter 24-valve DOHC inline-six fed by triple Mikuni-Solex side-draft carburetors (which have been rebuilt). Boasting a 7500-rpm redline, the engine was manufacturing unit rated at 160 horsepower and 130 pound-feet of torque. It is paired with a five-speed guide transmission, and every week second-gear synchro is famous. Different mechanical highlights of the first-gen GT-R embrace entrance disc brakes and a four-wheel impartial suspension.
The correct-hand-drive inside has some modifications, equivalent to a fixed-back racing-style driver’s seat, a Nardi steering wheel, and a partial roll cage.
The final C10 Skyline to promote on BaT was a modified 1971 coupe that went for $129,000 in January. One other ’71 coupe offered for $95,959 again in August. Will probably be attention-grabbing to see whether or not JDM fanatics worth this first-year sedan extra extremely.
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