Nissan Skyline History – 4th Generation (1972 – 1977)

Nissan Skyline History – 4th Generation (1972 – 1977)

The C110 Skyline became a great hit at its debut in September 1972.

The GT-R version was launched in January of the following year.

However, only 197 units were produced before stricter exhaust emission regulations came into force.

This vehicle was the display model used in the 1972 Tokyo Motor Show and not an actual competition machine.

Skyline H/T 2000GT-R (1972 : KPGC110)



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: Specifications are for the standard model.

The C110 series was built from 1972 until 1977 and came in four versions.

Firstly, there were two basic versions now, the 1600GT and the 1800GT, both using derivatives of the G15 engine, the G16 (1.6l) and the G18 (1.8l) respectively. The third model was the 2000GT-X, which could be compared to the C10 2000GT. It was powered by an improved version of the L20 engine with an output of 130hp instead of the earlier 109hp.

The most powerful of the quartet, though, was the 2000 GT-R, using an unchanged version of the S20 engine with still 160hp. Similar to its prede-cessor from 1969, the GT-R was avail-able as a coupe (KPGC110) and a 4-door sedan (PGC110).

Nissan-Skyline-HT-2000GT-R_1972_KPGC110-c1972 Tokyo Motor Show Nissan Skyline HT 2000GT-R KPGC110.

With only 197 unit produced, this was to be the last car to wear the GT-R badge for more than a decade, and the only one ever not to be used in racing at all.

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