When it was released it was advertised as a luxury automobile.
In 1958 the Skyline version had an upgrade with the addition of quad headlights and a slightly altered 1.5 Litre GA-4 overhead valve engine. This motor has been made up until 1961. The Prince Skyline versions were available in both four door sedans and five door channel wagons/estates. From the early 1960’s that the Skyline was also available in what was known as the Skyline Sport package, this version featured hand constructed bodies in both coupe and convertible versions and were powered by a 1.9 Litre 1862cc GB-30 engine.
Prince then launched the S50 set of Skylines. These vehicles were considered the next generation in Skyline history. The S50 series became one of the most desired vehicles in Japan. They arrived powered by a G-1 engine, which was a revised version of the elderly GA-4.
The creation of the S50 series lasted until 1967 when the S50E-3 was released.
1967 saw an upgrade to the Skyline version once more, this version was dubbed the S57 and came armed with a 1.5 Litre overhead camera 1487cc G15 engine. For the time the G15 was called the most powerful engine in its class.
In 1968 Nissan introduced the C10 collection of Skylines, these were equipped with the G15 engine or a 1.8 Litre G18.
The very first of Nissans GT-R assortment of skylines premiered in 1969. The original GT-R started as a sedan but in 1970 that a coupe version was added. The GT-r models came stripped of anything deemed unnecessary in order that they could make them as light as possible for racing.
1971 saw the coming of the KGC10 2000GT-X Skyline. This was originally released in a two door coupe version but in 1972 a four door sedan variant labeled the GT-X joined the lineup.
1972 saw the coming of the Nissan Skyline GT-R hardtop. Nissan ceased its production once the oil crisis forced many people to research buying market vehicles to shy away from performance vehicles. At this exact same time Nissan pulled from the motor racing circuits thus eliminating the need for what was then considered the high performance standout of its time. This was the final Skyline GT-R for 16 years before the Brand was revived in 1989.
The next generation of Skylines was the C110 versions that began production in 1972. The C110 series was the first in its own production lineup to feature the round rear lights that became typical in after skyline layouts. This line up remained in production until 1977.
After 1977 Nissan continued to divide the skyline range down into fundamental four and six cylinder models. These were known as the C210 Collection of Skylines. The GT-XE was introduced using a turbo charged L20ET engine. On the early variations one unique design component of the turbo charged engines was that they weren’t intercooled nor did they have any type of blow off valve. In addition, the T designation at the end of the engine code L20ET doesn’t mean it’s a turbo, the T really stands for twin carburettors.
There were a total of 26 versions of the R30 available at the time mixing body styles and engines so people could in effect get precisely the car they wanted.In 1983 that the R30 series got a facelift, common additions which were made standard included: four wheel disk brakes, upgraded interior trim, new exterior bumpers smoked tail lights and door mounted wing mirrors.
Also in 1981 that the 2000RS version was introduced, this variant was originally marketed as a stripped down lightweight racing version. These models came equipped with a double overhead cam FJ20E engine.
Front brakes were upgraded to bigger units to deal with the increased power available.
In 1984 more changes were made with the addition of an intercooler, recently revised compression ratios and a brand new turbo charger exhaust casing. These were available in both manual and automatic transmission variants.
In 1986 we saw the coming of the R31 Skyline, this was thought of as the seventh generation in the Skyline line. The R31 had many new inventions with technology and extra capabilities. The Engine ignition and fuel system became more sophisticated with the addition of the NICS (Nissan Induction Control System) injection system that enhanced low end performance.
One of the greatest versions of this R31 was the RB20DET-R powered HR31 GTS-R. This version only had 800 units constructed. This amount allowed Nissan to enter the vehicle in the flying car racing circuit. The automobile itself had a much bigger turbo charger than normal and it was found on a tubular exhaust manifold that was included in addition to a much bigger front mounted intercooler boosting power throughout the board.
In 1989 we saw the introduction of this HCR32 Skyline, this was available in either a sedan or coupe body style and the rest of the body designs were dropped. The R32 because it would be come to be known was powered by various variations of Nissans RB engine lineup.
1989 also saw the return of this GT-R, these new models came equipped with twin ceramic ion chargers, electronically controlled all wheel drive and all wheel steering. The GT-R also had bigger brakes, a bigger intercooler and flared front and rear wheel arches.
In 1993 the R33 skyline was released. This was slightly heavier than previous versions and all versions now used a six cylinder engine. With the launch of the the Skyline could no longer be thought of as a compact car as exterior measurements grew from that bracket compared to other producers, but this didn’t prevent consumers from needing one.
In 1996 the R33 got the inclusion of regular driver and passenger side air bags. The turbo versions were also provided a nylon compressor wheel. The R33 was created until 1998 with the version being retired with its 40th anniversary R33 series two.
Also in 1996 the GT-R was improved. Changes such as turbo compressor aerodynamics, intercooler and turbo dump pipe were revised. A limited number of special edition NISMO 400R GT-R’s has been created. These featured a street tuned engine and a getrag gearbox that has turned out to be more powerful than previous offerings.
In 1998 the R34 version was introduced.
The most recent variant saw changes to the chassis, the inclusion of ball bearings into the turbo core in comparison with a good position, and a new six speed getrag gearbox.
In 2007 a new variant of the GT-R premiered. Nissan now decided to separate the GT-R aside from the normal Skyline line and make it a stand alone version. This version was released to the general public in 2008. The vehicle keeps its legacy by still using the chassis code CBA-R35 or just R35.