First produced in 1969 as a sedan, the Nissan Skyline GT-R debuted as a sedan but would quickly turn into a coupe by 1971.
Still, the first generation was a far cry from what we know today. With a 160 hp six-cylinder engine powering the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission, the lofty heights known by track racers, enthusiasts and fans today would have been hard to imagine 43 years ago.
Despite that, it was a venerable track machine that racked up some 1,000 wins during its initial limited production run. The Skyline would then go on a hiatus until 1989 when it would return as the R32 GT-R with a twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive — closer to the machine we know today.
That car would quickly go on to earn the “Godzilla” nickname from Australian publication Wheels for its racing dominance. The tribute video below shows a first generation Skyline GT-R running around a track with its engine roaring. It can’t come close to the same speeds a modern GT-R would, but it’s worth a watch for nostalgia if nothing else.