There are many many many videos to be found on the Nissan Skyline GT-R PGC10 and I have seen most of them by now and most of them focus singularly on the racing history of the GT-R and/or coupe alone. That’s why I really like this particular video better than most of the others: it focuses on some of the developments done by Prince prior to the GT-R in the first part.
Mostly the development of the S20 engine contributed to the success of the Nissan Skyline GT-R PGC10 and its engine was a development effort of the Prince 380
And in the second part it also focuses on the other mechanical parts that made the Nissan Skyline GT-R an awesome car: Continue reading
This prequel to the 1966 third Japanese Grandprix held at Fuji International Speedway is a great rendering of the era back then: no fear, real men with big engined cars, the Prince r380 and, of course, the big rival Porsche!
I also found it a bit weird that the Jaguar E-Type got so much attention compared to the Honda S800 and Toyota Sports 800. Then again: the Nissan Skyline C10 still had to arrive…
I found this great video about the Prince R380 on AUTOnGRAPHIC. It features an interview with the late Shinichiro Sakurai taken back in 2004 on the Prince company, Prince Skyline and the Prince R380!
It’s amazing what this small company achieved in just a few years. Of course we all know the Nissan-Prince merger meant the end for the Prince Motor Company. However the thriving engineers stuck around and made thriving products like the S20 engine, Skyline C10 and Cherry E10! It might actually have been the savior for the company as the expensive racing program might have brought down the company.
Found at [AUTOnGRAPHIC] (Edit 2021: link removed as AUTOnGRAPHIC no longer exists!)
I found an early 70s short documentary about the development of the Nissan Skyline C110! It starts with the the C110 development, then moves to manufacturing of a C110 and then comparing a C110 to previous generations around 2:00 with a four-split screen.
Skyline C110 development and manufacturing
The only touges we saw in the past were nicely paved mountain passes with screaming twin cams drifting in a downhill battle. Nice to see there were actually rough touges in the 70s!
Skyline crash test
The end of the first and second video continue on the design and crash testing of the Skyline C110:
The test track is, of course, the Oppama Grandrive. Funny to see they already covered the looks of the testcars/prototypes with black cloth as well back then! And just when you think everything is going well they show the C110 Skyline crash test! What’s even more heartbreaking are all those crashed C110s piled up with foliage growing through them.
I must say this is one of the nicest vintage videos I’ve seen in ages!
One of the people I’m following on Youtube, uncrowdedmonarch, posted this video of a typically 60s race at Suzuka Circuit and I think it’s the 1964 Japanese Grand Prix:
The second race is Touring Class V where the Prince Skylines easily won from their competion (Hino Contessa 900, Nissan Bluebird 410) and took al first six places!
Looking at the results of the first race (skip to 6:42) this must have been the legendary second Japanese Grand Prix (held on 2nd and 3rd of May 1964) in which the new Prince Skyline S54 2000GTs lost to a single (privately entered) Porsche 904 in the GT-II class! Even though the Skylines took consecutively 2nd to 6th place blowing away the competition (MG-Bs and Isuzu Bellet) this loss was so humiliating that Dr. Sakuri of Prince Motors initiated a project to create the ultimate racecar to defeat the Porsche the next time. This grudge still lives on in the battle between Nissan and Porsche for the fastest lap times around the Nürburgring. This learned Nissan what the best place is to humiliate someone: its home turf! 😉
The project resulted in the amazing legendary Prince R380. The next time Prince and Porsche met (1966 Japanese Grand Prix) the R380 proved to be worthy to its maker: Prince defeated the Porsche 906 by taking first and second place!
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