Nissan Skyline History – 3rd Generation (1968 – 1972)

Nissan Skyline History – 3rd Generation (1968 – 1972)

The 1500 series replaced the S 50 in July 1968 and was built until 1972.

It came in 4-door sedan and wagon form with the G15 engine from the S57.

The same car was also available as the 1800 with the G18 engine.


Prince Skyline 1500 Deluxe – 1965 : S50




Overall length / width / height
Tread (front/rear)
Curb weight
G1 (4-cyl. in line, OHV)
Engine Displacement
Engine Max. power
51kW (70PS)/4,800rpm
Engine Max. torque
113Nm (11.5kgm)/3,600rpm
Top speed
135km/h (140km/h)


These cars were mostly using Prince parts and were the last Skylines to be released with the Prince badge, with all following Skylines to be renamed Nissan Skyline.



The Skyline 2000GT (GC10 series)

Just like all other derivatives of the C10 series, the GC10(G standing for GT) was basically planned by Prince, although it was later badged Nissan Skyline 2000GT. It was introduced in 1968 (2 months after the 1500) and first came in 4-door sedan (GC10) and 5-door wagon versions and from 1970 on also with two doors (KGC10). The car was almost the same as the preceding S54 GT-A model, featuring a 6-cylinder engine instead of the previously common 4-cylinder. The Skyline 2000GT got the L20 engine, a 1998ccm OHC inline-6 with 105hp.



Skyline 2000GT-R 1969 : PGC10

1968 had seen the introduction of a basic Skyline (the 1500 series) and a model comparable to the previous GT-A (the GC10 series).

But people were still eagerly awaiting a replacement for the GT-B. Almost a year passed after the introduction of the new model range, until finally in February 1969 the new GT-R sedan came along.


SpecificationsPENTAX Image

Overall length / width / height
Tread (front/rear)
Curb weight
S20 (6-cyl. in line, DOHC), 1,989cc
Engine Max. power
118kW (160PS)/7,000rpm
Engine Max. torque
177Nm (18.0kgm)/5,600rpm
Suspension (front)
Suspension (rear)
Semi trailing-arm
  • Note: First-generation GT-R


This Skyline was about to write history!

The C10 Skyline was launched in July 1968. After debuting at the Tokyo Motor Show in the autumn, the GT-R was launched in February 1969. The heart of the vehicle, the S20, is a descendant of the R380’s GR8, a high-performance DOHC 24-valve engine.

The C10 Skyline GT-R was famed for its top speed of 200km/h and its ability to cover 400m from a standing start in 16.1 seconds.

It achieved its debut win at the 1969 JAF Grand Prix.

The Skyline 2000GT-R was powered by the S20 engine, a 1998ccm DOHC inline-6, producing 160hp – equally strong as a Porsche 911 of that time. This engine was basically the same as the GR8 of Nissan’s R380 racecar, which won the 3rd GP of Japan in 1966 against a Porsche Carrera 6.

Since it was intended for racing, the PGC10 (P stood for Prince) was very lightweight inside, without a heater or radio, but from the outside almost looked like any other 4-door sedan.

After over two years, the coupe-version of the GT-R (KPGC-10) was introduced in March 1971.

A shorter wheelbase and less weight made for a better maneuver-ability in comparison to the 4-door version and further enhanced this car’s capability on the circuit. The Skyline 2000GT-R lived up to the racing pedigree of its predecessors and the sedan scored 33 victories in those one-and-a-half years it raced, which was raised to 50 victories by the KPGC-10, until its production was stopped in 1972.

The Skyline had become a Legend after all.

C10 Hakosuka

C10 Hakosuka

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