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Nissan GT-R’s, GT-EX, & RS Turbo - The Legend of Godzilla
Chapter Three: Nissan Skyline
For many, the name “Skyline” evokes thoughts of the mystical, powerful, and empirical. Whether it’s a view of the setting sun behind mountains or the city lights and architecture at night, people can’t help screaming when they see Godzilla.
Some may be surprised to know the original Skyline wasn’t created by Nissan or Datsun at all. It was actually introduced in the mid-1950s by Prince, a more luxurious auto maker. About a decade later, Nissan purchased Prince and continued to evolve the Skyline, and oh my did it evolve. Another little secret, to this day, the Prince division within Nissan is still alive and well, producing all Skylines.
Throughout its lifespan, the car has been offered as a 4-door sedan, 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible, 4-door hatchback, and 4-door wagon as well as a pickup truck and delivery van called the Skyway.
Here is the Skyline’s chronological lifespan;
ALSID-1/2 & BLRA-3 (Prince)
R35 (GT-R actually dropping the Skyline name)
That’s right people, the Skyline goes back further than the R32, but the Godzilla moniker does stem from when the GT-R R32 was introduced and Wheels, an Australian car magazine, nicknamed it “Godzilla” in it’s July 1989 issue. This was after the Japanese media had already called it “Obakemono,” meaning a shape-shifting monster as well as many others. It would be harder to think of a car with more nicknames over the years.
Whether the names are coined by the creator, or nicknamed by the fans & media, a great name is detrimental to a car’s success.