1969 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R

Launched in February 1969, this was the first Skyline to wear the GT-R badge. This special model was heavily modified to keep Nissan competative in the Japanese JAF Champoinship. The first examples were only offered in a sedan form, until 1971, when a short wheel base coupe was offered.

The motor was a tuned down version of the inline-6, DOHC 24-valve engine found in the Nissan R390 race car, producing 160 horsepower. The engine offered 50 horsepower over the standard GT model. This engine, along with the reduced weight and independant suspension started the GT-R trend that has continued on to this day.

It 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.

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