The Nissan Skyline- A Supercar Story

One of the most sought after vehicles in the Nissan lineup is the Nissan Skyline, also known in the United States at the Nissan GT-R, but this car is one of the few Nissan supercars and for a long time was only available outside of America. Car enthusiasts everywhere searched for these vehicles on the chance that there may be one on U.S. soil because to ship one here from Japan could cost upwards of $250,000. Well here we will delve into the origins of this niche loved car and run through the history of how the now Nissan GT-R supercar came to be.

The Nissan Skyline was originally produced by a company called the Prince Motor Company beginning in 1955 and was marketed as a coupe luxury car; though it also was available as a four-door sedan and a five-door station wagon. The ALSID-1 as it was called featured a 1.5 L engine capable of producing 60 HP and had a max speed of 87 mph. From here the “Prince” Skyline was altered and added a quad headlight front end and was given a slight power boost. Shortly after the first sport version was built this time carrying a 1.9 L engine producing 96 HP.

In 1961 Prince launched the S50 series which again came in sedan and wagon styles but this time they redesign allowed for the car to become one of the most desirable vehicles in Japan at the time. Now powered by a 70 HP engine, or option of 91 HP engine the car had made strides in transmission technology allowing for a 3-speed of 3 speed transmission to be mated to either engine. The appearance of this vehicle was similar to that of the 1960 Ford Galaxie.

Well even though we have barely grazed the history of the Nissan Skyline, we end it here today. But join us next time as we delve further into the history of the Nissan Skyline, the supercar.

Wisconsin cracks down on grey market vehicles, crushes 2 Nissan Skylines

A man in Wisconsin was recently prosecuted for owning and attempting to sell two Nissan  Skylines.  According to Stevens Point Journal, in 2010, the state government orchestrated a sting to catch Justin Beno selling two Nissan Skyline models, one of which played a role in the Fast and Furious franchise.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation set up a sting in order to try and crack down on any grey market vehicles. An investigator found both the 1995 and 1996 Nissan Skylines for sale. After the investigator inquired about the vehicles being titled, Beno replied that they were not but they could be taken to Florida to be titled and then brought back to Wisconsin and re-titled. That was all that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation needed to hear.

The government seized both Skylines and charged Beno with multiple offenses that included  two felony counts of conspiracy to commit fraud, one felony count of owning a vehicle without a vehicle identification number tag and two misdemeanors tied to those missing VIN tags.

Brown County Deputy District Attorney Dana Johnson offered Beno a plea deal wherein he would accept the misdemeanor charges and give up both fully restored Skylines. Beno tried to bargain to pay the fines and find suitable buyers overseas for both Skylines, as he had restored them himself, but the Prosecutor declined. Both cars are to be crushed and sold for scrap.

 

It’s a sad day in the world of Nissan lovers, as we lose two more Nissan Skylines, which are becoming more rare by the day.

News Source: Stevens Point Journal

Photo: BigBirdSkyline.com