• This 1969 Nissan Skyline GT-R is a rare first-year model.
• The Japanese domestic market Skyline was imported to the U.S. in 2013.
• Bidding on this premium listing auction ends on May 26.
Bring a Trailer, which like Car and Driver is part of Hearst Autos, has auctioned 141 Nissan GT-Rs and Skyline GT-Rs, but it has never had an example from the debut model year. 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 motor 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 as a sedan only. It’s believed that only 832 examples of the C10-generation Skyline GT-R sedan were 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 wheels. The body has its share of bruises, the paint has numerous flaws, and the chrome trim is pitted. Somehow, that only enhances the appeal, as it’s clear this JDM legend is no garage queen.
The C10 GT-R is powered by an S20 2.0-liter 24-valve DOHC inline-six fed by triple Mikuni-Solex side-draft carburetors (which have been rebuilt). Boasting a 7500-rpm redline, the engine was factory rated at 160 horsepower and 130 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a five-speed manual transmission, and a week second-gear synchro is noted. Other mechanical highlights of the first-gen GT-R include front disc brakes and a four-wheel independent suspension.
The right-hand-drive interior has some modifications, such as a fixed-back racing-style driver’s seat, a Nardi steering wheel, and a partial roll cage.
The last C10 Skyline to sell on BaT was a modified 1971 coupe that went for $129,000 in January. Another ’71 coupe sold for $95,959 back in August. It will be interesting to see whether JDM enthusiasts value this first-year sedan more highly.
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