Chicago Nissan GT-R dealerAt our Chicago Nissan dealer, we idolize the Skyline’s history, noting its distinct qualities and achievements that continue to reveal themselves throughout the line.

Skyline, a unique line of Japanese compact cars, sports cars, and compact executive cars, was originally produced by the Prince Motor Company in 1955 and later by Nissan in 1966 when both companies merged. The Skylines were available in coupe or sedan body styles; however, today, they are also available in station wagons, convertibles, crossovers, and pickup delivery vans. The later models are mostly known for their trademark round brake tail lights.


Let’s rewind to the C210. The C210 of 1977 split the Skyline range into basic and six-cylinder models. The six-cylinders had a longer wheelbase and front end. This line was continued through 1981. The wagon version of this model would be a rare deviation due to the unique styling treatment behind the rear doors. In 1978, the Skyline received an internal and external facelift which led from the C210 to the C211. After this renovation, the Skyline appeared in various European export markets—namely Germany.

In this same year, the GT-EX replaced the discontinued GT-R with a turbocharged engine—the L20ET. This had been the firs turbo engine to power a Japanese production vehicle. Along with most Japanese vehicles of this time period, there were four or five-speed manuals and a three speed automatic with a column-shifted three-speed manual available on the lower end models.


Chicago Nissan dealerLaunched in August of ’81, the R3 series was launched into markets worldwide. Differing from previous generations, both the four and six-cylinder versions shared the same front end length. The R30 was available as a two-door hardtop coupe, a four-door sedan, a five-door hatchback, or a four-door station wagon. There were 26 variations of the R30 Skyline in total.

All versions, except the wagon, were usually fitted with the four round tail lights which had become a regular feature to the Skyline’s design. These are appointments that Chicago GT-R fans surely must remember!

Along with new additions, the R30 was face lifted in August of 1983 with a variety of changes. Four-wheel disc brakes became a standard feature. Trim specifications were revised and the four-cylinder Z18S engine was replaced with the newer CA18E. New features included upgraded interior trim, new front and rear bumpers, door-mounted wing mirrors, and smoked tail lights.

Let’s fast forward to today. Along with its history, the GT-R has continually been enhanced and upgraded to hold its own amongst heavy weight sports luxury brands. Visit us at our Chicago Nissan dealer to test drive the 2015 GT-R and experience the power behind the wheel. Call us at (866) 450-8110.

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