Photo: Brian McCarthy

Photo: Brian McCarthy

Photo: Brian McCarthy

Photo: Brian McCarthy

Photo: Brian McCarthy

Photo: Brian McCarthy

Photo: Brian McCarthy

Photo: Brian McCarthy

Photo: Brian McCarthy

Photo: Brian McCarthy

1972 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R Racing Concept

Photos: Brian McCarthy

Nissan inherited the Skyline name when it merged with Prince in the mid-‘60s. Prince had offered a range of Skylines that varied from 4-door sedans to station wagons, very different from what we associate with the name today, but that lineup gave birth to the GT-R.

The GT-R (Grand Turismo Racer) was first introduced in 1969 as a coupe and sedan, both of which were powered by a 2.0-liter twin-cam inline-6. The GT-R’s were offered only as coupes in the car’s second generation, and the combined lifespan of Gen 1 and Gen 2 was extremely short, just 1969-1973. By 1972, the Skyline GT-R had gained an enviable reputation as a race car, with this model’s predecessor, the C10, winning 50 domestic races in less than three years.

This example is the Gen 2 (C110) 1972 Skyline 2000GT-R that was exhibited at the 1972 Tokyo Motor Show. The “73” on the car’s doors indicated Nissan’s intentions to race the Skyline the following year. However, as a fuel crisis and increased anti-pollution regulations put a pall over the industry, Nissan pulled out of racing and GT-R production ceased. Only 197 of the C110 Skyline GT-Rs were ever built.

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