If you aren’t intimately familiar with muscle cars and their history you may think this is an American muscle car, but it’s far from it. We’re talking across the Pacific Ocean far. 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. Eventually the selling point on the car shifted from the comfortable end of things and into the more aggressive thanks to the efforts of Shin’ichiro Sakurai. Sakurai worked on the car constantly refining it and pushing for it to compete in the Japanese Grand Prix in the GT-II which it finally did in 1964. After the Prince motor company merged with Nissan, the car’s name changed to the 2000GT-X and 2000GT-R but was discontinued in the early 1970s. This vehicle is among the last to have rolled off the assembly line for Nissan before they started production back up in the 1980s. In pristine condition, this car features a 6 cylinder 158 horsepower engine that can put out 130 pound feet of torque through a manual transmission. It isn’t the fastest thing on the road compared to the stuff we see today, but its story is unmatched.