15-16 January 2015

Previous Next

Lot 128

1970 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R 'Hakosuka'

  • Chassis no. PGC10-000917

Sold for $88,000

160 hp, 1,989 cc DOHC 24-valve S20 inline six-cylinder engine with three Mikuni-Solex N40PHH side-draft carburetors, five-speed manual transmission, front strut suspension, independent semi-trailing-arm rear suspension, and front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 103.9 in.

  • The true forerunner of the legendary “Godzilla”
  • Rare and authentic first-generation GT-R Sedan
  • Powered by the race-derived S20, twin-cam, 24-valve straight-six
  • The Hakosuka proved indomitable in Japanese competition, with 50 overall victories in Japan

In April 1957, the first Skyline was introduced by the Prince Motor Company and marketed as a luxury car in Japan. It was modestly powered by four cylinders and had received aesthetic updates over the years, including the rare Michellotti-styled Skyline Sport. The second generation (S50) was launched in September 1963, and it was still very much intended for the luxury segment in Japan.

Perceptions of the Prince Skyline would be radically altered with the introduction of the S54 Skyline 2000GT in May 1964. As it was squarely aimed at competing in the GT-II class at the second Japanese Grand Prix, its wheelbase was duly extended by 20 centimeters in order to accommodate the larger G7 six-cylinder engine over the modest inline-four. The S54B 2000GT was developed by Prince engineer Shin’ichiro Sakurai (Mr. Skyline), and it would dominate the Suzuka Circuit that year, finishing second only to a Porsche 904 Carrera GTS. After sweeping the 2nd through 6th places, and even briefly leading the Porsche, the Skyline legend was born.

The third-generation Skyline (C10), nicknamed “Hakosuka” (pronounced Hak-OH-skaa and loosely translated as Boxy Skyline), was introduced in 1968. It was originally conceived by Prince and was badged and marketed by Nissan after the companies' merger. With the success of the first 2000GT, Nissan further developed the Skyline with the triple-carbureted 2000GT-X and, the ultimate iteration, the 2000GT-R.

The first GT-R was introduced as a four-door sedan (Type PGC10) when it was launched in February 1969. It was powered by the race-derived S20 inline-six, which featured dual overhead camshafts, a cross-flow head with four valves per cylinder, and a hemispherical combustion chamber that was fed by triple dual-throat Mikuni-Solex side-draft carburetors. A two-door coupe version (KPGC10) would later debut in October 1970. Ultimately, only 832 GT-R Sedans were produced, making them exceedingly rare, even compared to its two-door brethren.

This GT-R Sedan was restored in Japan by a respected marque expert who stated that the car was an excellent and original example to begin with, and the work was completed in 2009. The Hako was imported by a knowledgeable collector of Japanese performance cars and includes a copy of the official Japanese Export Certificate, which states that the car had 55,300 kilometers as of February 5, 2010, and 56,200 kilometers on April 17, 2012. Currently, the odometer reads 58,200 kilometers, and as such, it has been driven just under 3,000 kilometers since its restoration and engine rebuild. This late-production GT-R Sedan features the revised “dog bone” front grille and headlight surrounds, giving it a more menacing look over the earlier series sedans.

The interior is very correct throughout and is finished in very hard to find materials, such as a correct shift knob and wood-rimmed steering wheel. It is extraordinarily complete, down to the nearly impossible to find emergency flashlight in its correct holder, which is mounted by the passenger-side footwell. While many Skylines often feature aftermarket Watanabe wheels, this example retains its rare and purposeful black steel wheels, giving it an understated yet imposing stance. Finally, not to be overlooked, this Skyline is complete with its original Nissan Motor tool roll, tire iron, jack, wheel chock, and trunk-mounted spare wheel and tire.

Today, an authentic Skyline GT-R Sedan is an exceedingly rare sight, as they are difficult to find even in Japan and are rhardly seen outside their domestic market. Despite the fact that it was never sold outside of its home country, the Hakosuka GT-R is celebrated by enthusiasts. Furthermore, it has developed a significant cult following amongst not only Japanese sports car aficionados but also, more recently, mainstream collectors who have an appreciation for the legendary stature and advanced engineering embodied in the original GT-R. Ask anyone who has had the rare pleasure of driving this very willing, high-revving, remarkably well balanced sedan, with its throaty rasp as a soundtrack, through twisting canyon roads, and you’ll find someone that has come away completely exhilarated and hooked.

The Hakosuka Skyline was the true progenitor of the legendary “Godzilla” GT-R, and this example represents not just Nissan’s introduction to motorsport but also the coming pinnacle of technology and innovation found in today’s formidable Nissan GT-R supercar.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

Cameron Smyth

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Cameron Smyth joined RM Sotheby’s as a Car Specialist in 2015, working out of our corporate office and providing assistance on c... read more

David Swig

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Ian Kelleher

+1 212 894 1981
New York, United States

Ian Kelleher began his automotive career immediately following his graduation from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Politica... read more

Jake Auerbach

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more