10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Nissan Skyline!

1: The first Skyline was sold in Japan, with 33,000 units shifted. It was designed by Takuya Himura, and sold under the ‘Prince’ brand.

2: In 1964, the S54 Skyline GT-B, an early predecessor to the GT-R, came second at the Japan Grand Prix, Losing only to the purpose-built Porsche 904.

3: The term GT-R stands for Gran Turismo Racer, while the GT-B designation used on the S54 stands for Gran Turismo Berlinetta.

4: The iconic Calsonic R32 GT-R Skyline Enjoyed huge success at the Bathurst 1000, before the banning of turbocharged engines effectively outlawed it from entering.

5: Such was the Calsonic Skyline’s success, that it was nicknamed ‘GODZILLA’ by an Australian motoring journalist. The nickname has been identified with every GT-R since.

6: In 1980, Datsun released the Skyline GT-EX, the first Japanese Car to feature a turbocharged engine.

7: Nissan Skyline race cars are often labelled as 2, 3 or 23, because in Japanese 2 is pronounced ‘Ni’ and 3 is pronounced ‘San’.

8: Despite Nissan having factories and production lines worldwide, Nissan has never produced a Skyline GT-R outside of Japan.

9: In 2010, 225 Skylines took to Silverstone circuit and clammed the Guinness World Record for the most number of Nissan Skylines in one place and the most Skylines together on track.

10: The latest GT-R, the R35, Does not have the ‘Skyline’ in its name due to Nissan previously awarding the designation to the Infiniti brand.

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