This week marks the 30th anniversary of Nissan’s Nismo performance tuning arm.
However, the brand's roots can be traced back a further decade to 1964, when Prince Motor Company launched a Skyline into which engineers had installed the 2.0-litre engine from a much larger luxury saloon. The result was a performance car with a vastly improved power-to-weight ratio, called the Prince Skyline 2000GT.
Just 100 examples owere made in order to meet motorsport homologation rules. The car was officially launched on 1 May 1964, and a number of examples made their racing debuts at Suzuka two days later – taking second to sixth places behind a Porsche 904.
Prince was bought by Nissan in 1966 – and in the following year the Skyline S57 was launched. Power came from a 1.5-litre engine producing 87bhp.
In 1969 the first Skyline GT-R emerged from the firm, the KPGC-10. Powered by a 158bhp 2.0-litre engine, both road-going versions and stripped-out race cars were produced. The GT-R racked up 50 racing victories between 1969 and 1972.