In the 1960s, Nissan placed a target on Porsche’s back and built a car to compete: the Skyline GTR. In the most recent episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Jay explores the details of the sporting sedan and takes it for a drive.
The “Hakosuka” Skyline GTR, borrowed from Original Rare, is currently on display in a Petersen Museum (Los Angeles) exhibit called “Fine Tuning.” Believed to be one of only two in the country, this 1969 Nissan Skyline GTR represents the pinnacle of racing technology for Nissan during the ’60s. A 2.0-liter six-cylinder engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, while the chassis is focused on racetrack handling. Original Rare’s Chris Marion explains the finer details, including magnesium wheels and front seats unique to the GTR model.
Once out on the road, Jay gets used to the right-hand-drive layout and discusses how the engine really comes to life at the top of the rev range. The inline-six was lightly modified and is claimed to produce 200 horsepower, which moves the 2400-pound beauty without issue.
When it begins to rain, Jay signs off and heads back to the shop—hoping the racing tires on all four corners will behave and keep the car in a straight line. Best of luck, Jay.