1972 Nissan Skyline2000GT-R
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1972 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R “Hakosuka” (RHD)
One of only 1,197 examples produced
An iconic piece of Japanese motorsport history
A stunning, completely unmolested car
The dawn of the Skyline GTR dynasty
Launched in 1968, the C10 Skyline was the third model in the Skyline lineage and featured far more contemporary styling to its predecessors, available initially as a 4-door sedan, a 5-door estate and soon later, a 2-door coupe. However, it would be the C10 generation that would launch Nissan’s sporting heritage with the Skyline dominating the Japanese Touring Car championships.
The first of these sporting models was the fastest and most powerful model to exist for the C10, the GT-R. It featured the all new 2 litre S20 straight-six engine and produced a considerable 160 BHP. Initially launched as a 4-door saloon, the more iconic coupe version was debuted in October of 1970 and was to prove an enormous success. Whilst its classic exterior has aged gracefully, what lies under the bonnet has aged unbelievably well. Most engines from the late 1960s and early 1970s were a relative mess and very busy. This could not be further from the truth with the S20. Opening the bonnet (which opens forward much like classic Italian sports cars), you are greeted by an engine that couldn’t be any neater if it tried. Triple Solex carburettors with six glistening pipes stand proudly on one side whilst the engine block itself is so clean and modern looking, it wouldn’t look out of place in a sports car from the 1990s, let alone a 50-year-old Nissan.
The cars were stripped out to further enhance performance with sports bucket seats and also featured quite advanced performance upgrades compared to a standard Skyline. Aside from the new engine, the GT-R had a limited slip differential paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. These changes to the standard C10 payed off significantly. In motor-racing, the saloon earned 33 victories in under 2 years and this was only boosted by the coupe which increased victories to 50 by 1972. The GT-R competed against other iconic contemporaries such as the Isuzu Bellett, Mazda RX-3 and even Porsche 911s. It held a strong winning streak up until its retirement for replacement by the subsequent model Skyline, the C110.
Our stunning Hakosuka GT-R, nicknamed Hakosuka after the Japanese words for “boxy” and “skyline”, is one of just 1,917 produced over two years with less than half of those said to be remaining. These cars have always been a beloved icon in Japan, however with the resurgence of the GTR nameplate in 1989 with the R32 which returned the GTR to the forefront of Japanese performance once again and resumed the dynasty which leads today to the insanely fast and globally beloved R35 GTR. Plus, with a recent global appreciation of rare, classic Japanese sports cars across the world beyond Japan, the Hakosuka GT-R has become incredibly desirable and understandably so, given its brilliant driving characteristics, racing pedigree, stunning exhaust note, performance considerable even by today’s standards and its historical importance. But given that for many years, the GT-R was more attainable, thus many have been modified, some cosmetically with bolt-on flared arches at the front too and Minilite-style wheels all round to other cars with significantly enhanced performance. Whilst this follows in the spirit of its racing pedigree, it only makes standard cars rarer and more important. Our car is a completely unmolested example, both inside and out, exactly the specification it would’ve been with its unusual cosmetic layout, bolt-on rear arches with none at the front, no spoiler, steel wheels and a narrow track width, also riding at its stock height.
This car is not only perfect for any collectors of Japanese sports cars but also collectors of classics with a strong motorsport pedigree or even just someone who wants something with the classic styling of a 60s car with performance and feel to match cars far later. We cannot emphasise enough how special this car is, being in its stock configuration as well as the desirable colour combination of white over a black interior, quite rare with arguably the most popular exterior colour being silver. Anyone would be hard pressed to find another stock Hakosuka GT-R, let alone one in such lovely condition as the car we present to you today.
Now available for viewing in our Brentford showroom.
Don’t miss the opportunity to come and view it, even if you are not a buyer, as there will be very few chances to see one of these in the UK.
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