Not all Skylines are GT-Rs, and not all GT-Rs are Skylines. Wait, what?
Ok, so this can get complicated if you’re not into your GT-R-slash-old-Japanese-Domestic-Market (JDM) metal, but bear with us. The Skyline was a regular little saloon or estate produced by the Prince Motor Company from the late ‘50s, a car that was absorbed into the Datsun (and latterly Nissan) portfolio along with the company itself, in 1966. And the name itself has survived without having any connection with GT-R-ness. So there are plenty of weird vintage Skylines out there that have absolutely nothing to do with either a) the F&F franchise or b) going fast. Simply announcing ‘I’ve got a Skyline’ could mean a variety of unmentionables.
In fact, the Skyline name had some really interesting and lesser-known iterations without GT-R bits (look up the R30 and R31), and some base models that will sap your will to live just by looking at them. Though a DR30 RS Turbo R30 is probably something of a guilty pleasure. And that’s without mentioning the US-market Infiniti Skylines. And there are plenty of Nissan Skylines that aren’t GT-Rs, but are sort-of associated, which is where it all goes a bit Scrabble-championship with GTt, GTSr and GTs-25t. The GT-R legend only really got going with the debut of the PGC-10 Skyline GT-R in 1969 (2.0-litre, 160bhp, 133lb ft, RWD), and it actually appeared first as a four-door, with ’71 seeing the sexier coupe.
Got that? Well it changed again with the R35 in 2007, because the GT-R stopped being a Skyline and just became a GT-R. Yeah, kind of confusing really.
Pictured: 1982 Skyline H/T 2000 RS