• This 1969 Nissan Skyline GT-R is a rare first year model.
• The Japanese domestic market Skyline was imported to the United States in 2013.
• Bidding for this premium auction closes May 26.
Bring a trailer, who likes Car and driver is part of Hearst Autos, auctioned 141 Nissan GT-Rs and Skyline GT-Rs, but never had a first model year example. Which means this 1969 Nissan Skyline GT-R marks a rare and very cool opportunity.
To be clear, the Skyline nameplate actually predates Nissan. The Prince automobile company built Skyline sedans and wagons before Nissan acquired it in the mid-1960s. The Skyline officially became a Nissan in 1969, and the high-performance GT-R was introduced the same year.
The first-year Nissan Skyline GT-R was sold only as a sedan. Only 832 examples of the C10 generation Skyline GT-R sedan are believed to have been built before the body style was supplanted by the coupe in 1970.
This car retains its fender-mounted mirrors and is fitted with 14-inch black painted Watanabe rims. The bodywork has its share of bruises, the paint has numerous defects and the chrome trim is pitted. In a way, that only adds to the appeal, because it’s clear that this JDM legend is no garage queen.
The C10 GT-R is powered by an S20 2.0-liter DOHC 24-valve inline-six powered by Mikuni-Solex triple side-draft carburetors (which have been rebuilt). Boasting a redline at 7500 rpm, the engine was factory rated at 160 horsepower and 130 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a five-speed manual transmission and a week-long second-gear synchro is noted. Other mechanical highlights of the first-generation GT-R include front disc brakes and a four-wheel independent suspension.
The right-hand-drive interior features a few changes, such as a fixed-back racing-style driver’s seat, a Nardi steering wheel, and a partial roll cage.
The last C10 Skyline for sale on BaT was a modified 1971 coupe that went for $129,000 in January. Another ’71 coupe sold for $95,959 in August. It will be interesting to see if JDM enthusiasts value this first-year sedan more.