Monday, 14 March 2016

KPGC10 Hakosuka

Words and photos - Daniel Bevis

The Nissan Skyline GT-R is a near-mythical beast; a machine so accomplished and desirable that you have to keep reminding yourself that it actually exists. A generation of Gran Turismo gamers fell in love with the unstoppable R32 model of 1988-94, and grew further enraptured with the subsequent R33 and R34 - and of course the non-Skyline-badged R35 GT-R that today redefines what's possible in the sports car sphere with its hermetically-sealed engine, brainbox chassis and nitrogen-filled tyres.

...but this is where it all began. While the Skyline name had been in existence since 1957, it was the C10 generation of 1968-72 that first introduced the world to the aspirational hedonism of the Skyline GT-R. The four-door PGC10 and, as you see here, two-door KPGC10 featured the 160bhp S20 2.0-litre DOHC straight-six, in combination with an extensive weight-loss programme, to guide the model to glory in over fifty race victories in its short production run. Affectionately nicknamed 'Hakosuka' by its fans ('hako' meaning 'box', 'suka' being short for 'sukairain', or 'skyline'), it's now a tremendously sought-after thing - not least because the majority of surviving C10s have been dressed up to look like GT-Rs. This is the genesis of a legend. And it looks sensational, doesn't it?

Spotted at the London Classic Car Show - more pics here.

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