The Nissan Skyline “Hakosuka” (1968-1972)

The Nissan Skyline “Hakosuka” (1968-1972)

The third generation of the Nissan Skyline, known as the “Hakosuka,” is one of the most iconic and revered models in automotive history. Introduced in 1968 and produced until 1972, the Hakosuka (a nickname derived from the Japanese words for “box” and “Skyline”) set the stage for the Skyline’s future as a high-performance vehicle. With its sharp lines and aggressive stance, the Hakosuka became a favorite among car enthusiasts and collectors.


  • 1968: Introduction of the C10 series Nissan Skyline.
  • 1969: Launch of the GT-R variant, marking the beginning of the GT-R legend.
  • 1972: End of production for the Hakosuka generation.


  1. Skyline 1500/2000: The base models featuring a range of inline-4 engines.
  2. Skyline 2000GT: Equipped with a more powerful L20 inline-6 engine.
  3. Skyline GT-R: The performance variant that cemented the Skyline’s legacy.

Specifications & Performance
Skyline 1500/2000

  • Engine: 1.5L/2.0L inline-4
  • Power: 94-109 hp
  • Transmission: 4-speed manual/3-speed automatic
  • 0-60 mph: Approximately 13-15 seconds
  • Top Speed: Around 100-115 mph

Skyline 2000GT

  • Engine: 2.0L L20 inline-6
  • Power: 120 hp
  • Transmission: 4-speed manual/3-speed automatic
  • 0-60 mph: Approximately 10-12 seconds
  • Top Speed: Around 120 mph

Skyline GT-R

  • Engine: 2.0L S20 inline-6
  • Power: 160 hp
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual
  • 0-60 mph: Approximately 8 seconds
  • Top Speed: Around 130 mph
  • Notable Features: Independent rear suspension, dual overhead camshafts, four-wheel disc brakes

The Hakosuka Skyline GT-R, with its potent S20 engine and advanced engineering, dominated Japanese touring car racing in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It set the foundation for the GT-R nameplate, which continues to be synonymous with high performance and racing pedigree. Collectors and enthusiasts highly prize the Hakosuka for its historical significance and timeless design.

The Nissan Skyline “Hakosuka” remains a symbol of Japanese automotive innovation and racing success. Its blend of style, performance, and engineering excellence has ensured its place in the pantheon of classic cars, and it continues to inspire and captivate car enthusiasts around the world.

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