Monday, August 24, 2009

1964 Prince Skyline S54B

Another car sent to me by Simon in Australia...

I've said this before, part of the fun of writing this blog is learning new things.

I had no idea this car existed. I knew the Prince name and that Prince became part of Nissan at some point, but I really didn't know anything about the cars they made. I certainly didn't know they made anything this entertaining.

The seller of this car gives some details about it...

"In 1965, just before the Prince company was taken over by Nissan, a new S54 model Skyline was released. It featured a nose lengthened by 20cm to allow the fitting of a 2-litre six-cylinder engine in place of the normal four-cylinder. In its ultimate GTB 2000 development, this car was - in every respect - a very worthy predecessor to the modern GT-R.The engine in the GTB was a highly-tuned version of the overhead cam two-litre G7 six, featuring a high compression and with three Weber 40DCOE-18 carbies bolted to the side. Power was transmitted to the ground through a factory 4.444 LSD, and a fuel tank of nearly 90 litres capacity meant that pit stops could be kept to a minimum!
Measured performance included a 0-97 km/h time of 10.1 seconds and a top speed of over 190 km/h. Here was a car utterly different from the contemporary Japanese norm.

This engine has 125 HP (To put that in perspective, a 6 cylinder Ford Mustang had 120HP) and a 6500 RPM redline.

Only the Japanese could have styled this car. The nose looks like it could have come from a Russian car. From the side it looks like any generic small US sedan. The back-end, with it's Ford Cortina-like tail lights, is typical bizarre-o 1960s Japanese. It's a mess, but that's part of its charm.

What makes this car truly amazing is that it's a one owner un-restored car. It has just over 53,000 miles on it and comes with the original receipt, warranty card and owner's manual.

The asking price is steep, around $27,000.00 (US).

Located in New South Wales, Australia, Click here to see the CarPoint listing for this car.

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