John Webber
John Webber
2/14/20 8:47 a.m.

Story and Photography by John Webber

You’ve spent years reading the stories, listening to the hype, and patiently awaiting its arrival on our shores. Now, we present the legendary Skyline Coupe. It’s time to rev this baby up, drop the clutch and see what she’ll do. Or maybe not. 

Gearheads everywhere know about the Skyline GT-R, the beast that put Japanese car culture on the map. It’s the machine that was dubbed Godzilla, and its DNA lives on today in Nissan’s GT-R supercar. 

This is not that car. 

Make no mistake; this is a Nissan Skyline. But it’s not a GT. It’s not a GT-X. It’s not a clone, either. So what is it? Think of it as Godzilla’s diminutive, smaller-snouted and lesser-known nephew, Godzooky. His signal cry could summon his uncle over great distances, just as this model conjures the look and character of its GT-R relative. In a city-leveling battle royale, however, the base Skyline isn’t going to do much damage.

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
2/14/20 8:48 a.m.

I always forget that there is a whole world of Skylines out there that aren't GT-Rs.

Wicked93gs
Wicked93gs New Reader
2/14/20 9:25 a.m.

I want an early Skyline badly...too bad the price ranges on the things are so far out of my reach...not like you can find one "in need of restoration" on this side of the world.

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
2/14/20 12:15 p.m.

I would do awful, awful things to that car.

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_ Dork
2/14/20 12:26 p.m.

It's so cute! LOL. The skylines are even used as taxis. Just imagine if Toyota would've followed the same path with the Camry? We would all have some sort of GTR halo all-wheel-drive TwinTurbo Camry.

TheRX7Project
TheRX7Project HalfDork
2/14/20 2:43 p.m.

In reply to Appleseed :

I've already hacked the wiring with my mind

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