Datsun: greatest hits
The brand’s back! Check out some of its past masters
Posted: 18 Jul 2013
OK, so it's not technically a Datsun - this one's a Prince, another nameplate from the Nissan mothership. But it's here because Skyline badges ended up on the back of several Datsuns after management decided that the model should move away from its traditional luxo-barge position in the line-up.
Thinking that race victories would spur sales, the manufacturer put a G7 engine from the Gloria into a Skyline and produced the required 100 units to gain official approval. The car (launched on the 1st May 1964) was entered in the 2nd Japan GP in 1964. A Porsche 904 won the race, but Skylines placed second through to sixth. It became famous for its performance and development continued, producing the GT-B, launched in February 1965. Because Prince was the luxury arm of Nissan, its sporting credentials fitted more comfortably with the youthful, sporting Datsun brand.