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.

Click here to learn why the Nissan Skyline is illegal in America – and how you can get your hands on a road-legal example.


  • Ben

    From his early days playing the original Gran Turismo and with his Hot Wheels car set, Ben has had a long interest in all things automotive. His first foray into the world of automotive journalism was way back in 2009 and since then he has only grown more interested in the industry. Ben also runs and heads up the video production side of Garage Dreams, focusing on small informative documentaries about some of the world's most legendary cars.

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