This 1972 Nissan Skyline Is As Cool A Japanese Hot Rod As We Have Ever Seen (As Expensive, Too)

This 1972 Nissan Skyline Is As Cool A Japanese Hot Rod As We Have Ever Seen (As Expensive, Too)

The Nissan Skyline is one of the most storied performance cars to come out of Japan. Of course we have it here in the USA as the Nissan GT-R and that car has been blowing minds for a couple of years. The cool thing is that the Skyline has the type of history in Japan that we reserve for cars like the Mustang and Camaro here. It is as close as the Japanese have ever had to a muscle car and each generation of Skyline is a product of the era it was built in. As you probably know by now there is controversy about the R32 generation of Skyline here in the USA as the government has been rounding them up and seizing them due to some weirdo import laws. The good news is that this stupendous 1972 Skyline GT-R is not one of the machines that Big Brother is trying to wrest from the hands of its owners.

While we do not spotlight many Japanese cars here on BangShift, McTaggart, Chad, and I all have a soft spot for the styling of this era of machine from the Land Of The Rising Sun. The crisp and muscular lines have all the feel of an American muscle car but at about 75% the size.  This car is not a straight up restoration rather a very nicely done body on top of a revised chassis and stuff full of hot rodded modern engine. This is the Japanese equivalent to a pro touring Camaro and a nicely done one at that. There is no dumb cambering of the wheels, there is no badness in terms of the interior, this is all very top notch work and the asking price of $75,000 speaks to that. The turbocharged SR20 four banger in the front must sound good and get this thing down the road in a hurry, the black spoked wheels manage to be both modern and retro looking, and the additions like the fender flares and the cool spoiler up front have us drooling. We want this one pretty bad.

In case it sells, here’s the text of the CL ad which gives all the great vitals on this car –

Finally deciding to sell my 1972 Nissan Skyline KGC10. It’s time to move on to my next project and this one is first in line to find a new owner. Has a Clean California title and is currently registered.

$75,000 Asking Price. No lowballs no tire kickers, what you see is what you get.

The car in stock form came from a museum in Tokyo. The car’s body and paint was done about 3 years ago by our own body shop staff to a very high standard. Shortly after the body work and paint was completed is when the car went over to Vildini Motorsport with Adrian when they were located in Mission Viejo, CA to perform the complete engine build, drivetrain install as well as the suspension and brake modifications.

Here is a build sheet of the car:

`S15 SR20DET
` CP Forged Pistons 8.5:1 Compression
`ACL Race Bearings
`ARP Connecting Rod Bolts
`Custom Rear Sump Aluminum Oil pan
`Garrett GT3076R .64 A/R Ball Bearing Turbo
`Tial 38mm Wastegate
`Custom Top Mount tubular manifold
`Complete 3″ Mandrel bent stainless exhaust
`Brian Crower 264/264 Camshafts
`Brian Crower Valve Springs
`Sard 850CC injectors
`Walbro Dual GSL392 Fuel Pumps and Surge Tank mounted in the trunk

`Xcessive Manufacturing Z32 Transmission Adapter
`Z32 300ZX Twin Turbo 5-speed transmission
`ACT Pro-Lite flywheel
`ACT 6-Puck Sprung Clutch kit
`Xcessive short shifter kit
`Subaru STI R180 4.11 Limited Slip Differential

`Techno Toy Tuning Front Camber plates
`Ground Control Coilover sleeve kit
`Custom shortened front Strut Housings
`Tokico Illumina 5-way Adjustable Front Shocks
`Futo Fab Rear Camber/Toe Adjustable kit welded into Subframe
`Rubber Soul Rear Coilovers
`Bilstein Rear Short Stroke Shocks

`Wilwood 6-Piston Custom Front Brake kit
`Wilwood 4-Piston Rear Brake kit
`Wilwood 1″ Brake Master cylinder
`Hydraulic E-brake Handbrake next to driver seat
`Tilton Proportioning Valve

`Custom Rota RKR 17×7.5 front and 17×8.5 Rear
`Falken RT615K 215/40/17 Front and 235/40/17 Rear

`Nardi 340mm Leather Steering wheel
`Speedhut Custom gauges
`Apex’i Power FC D-jetro ECU
`Blitz SBC Electronic Boost Controller
`Bride (Taiwan) Low Max Reclining bucket seats




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6 thoughts on “This 1972 Nissan Skyline Is As Cool A Japanese Hot Rod As We Have Ever Seen (As Expensive, Too)

  1. BeaverMartin

    I’ve been wanting one of these little screamers for a while. The mini-lite esque wheels are awesome and fit the build perfectly. The fastback versions are even better looking. I drew up a JDM inspired AMC Hornet that I want to build, that’s probably as close as I’ll ever get to owning some old school JDM horsepower.

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