The first Nissan Skyline was introduced in 1957 for Prince Motor Company and it was marketed under the name Prince Skyline, however, in the domestic market it was also known as Nissan.
The luxury car was coupled with a 1.5-litre motor which was previously used in Subaru’s first car, Subaru 1500. The delivered a power of 60hp which allowed the car to reach a top speed of 87mph.
Initially, the Skyline was offered as a 4-door sedan and a 5-door station wagon in two models: ALSIS-1 and ALSID-1 Deluxe. The ALSIS-1 was a standard model which featured a large front grille with a central bar and 6 vertical slats. It also had a side strip which ran from the rear of the car to the front doors where it dipped into a V-shape. The overall design of the car was strongly influenced by American automotive design of the 50’s. The ALSID-1 Deluxe featured more modest grille which didn’t have the large center bar. Instead, the two fog lights were mounted next to turn lights. The side strip was ‘straightened’ and accompanied by additional chrome strips.