Rare as a good hair day for Donald Trump, the Nissan Skyline Hakosuka GT-R is the original Japanese rocket car, a boxy monster that racked up 46 outright wins on the trot in the Japanese Grand Prix series. Despite the fact that the Hakosuka was never sold outside Japan, the car holds a special place for revheads who know their motor racing history. The Hakosuka is the granddaddy of the “Godzilla” GT-Rs (R32, R33, R34) and the inspiration for today’s GT-R supercar.
When a 1972 Hakosuka turned up in the USA with under 42,000 kilometers on the clock, it was like both Sadaam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden had been spotted sharing an ice-cream sundae in a Wendys – it caught many by surprise and the interest was plentiful and spirited, to say the least.
This model, sold through RM Auctions, is powered by the original and authentic 24-valve straight-six engine and retains the majority of its original parts, including the rear fender flares and rear spoiler. Of course, not true Skyline racer would be true to the genre without a few custom items, and with this one that means lightweight Watanabe wheels and a Datsun Racing steering wheel to get all fast ‘n’ furious over.