Back in 1964 Nissan’s Skyline Showed a Legend in the Making
If you’ve ever had even the slightest interest in street racing, then the name “Nissan Skyline” has passed through at least a few of your conversations. Perhaps its main appeal for those in the United States, aside from its exceptional performance, is the very fact that one can not buy them stateside. They also are only produced available with right-hand steering, making them at best impractical or at worst unsafe to drive. And while the car experienced a renaissance over the course of the last decade, appearing in films like The Fast and The Furious, historically speaking, the first Skyline was produced in 1955 by Prince Motor Company. However, it was not until 1964 that its status as a true competitor on the racetrack emerged. In this year, the car was given an extra eight inches of panel work in order to accommodate perhaps the automobile’s most important feature, the inline 6-cylinder, triple carburetor engine. With this new addition, the car was able to achieve speeds previously unprecedented, especially by a 4-door sedan. While in today’s world the Skyline has ditched its characteristic inline six-engine and has become a more passenger-friendly car, it was with this 1964 model with which the Skyline achieved the legendary status. Take a look at the video above for more history of the Nissan Skyline.