Car Feature>> The Ultimate Street Kpgc10

It isn't every day you come across a car like this, that's for sure. It all happened during a driving expedition my friends and I organized last fall, something we have been doing for years now. The idea is to all meet up at the Hakone Turnpike, one of Japan's most well known driving roads, and drive up into the mountains and down into the Izu peninsula through the appropriately named "Izu Skyline" pass. Which is precisely where I first saw this impossibly spotless Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R.

Never before had I seen a classic Skyline in such perfect condition, but like every time I see one of these cars I immediately began to doubt its authenticity. I'm by no means an authority on these classics, but there is always a good chance the car you are looking at is a replica, no matter what the badge on the grille says.

But in this particular occasion I was wrong, and glad to have been because under the the front-hinged hood was an original S20, recently rebuilt to race-car spec.

The owner just had the car professionally restored and was out on the roads of Izu to enjoy his pride and joy.

Looking around in the engine bay I spotted the original chassis plaque, further evidence that this was indeed the real thing. The owner seemed very happy that a bunch of foreigners were admiring his car so much and he was very excited when I told him I wanted to shoot it properly. We arranged to meet a few days later on the same roads.

The scenery in this area can really be breathtaking in late fall, on a clear day giving you an incredible view of the snow-capped Mt. Fuji. This shot was mandatory!

It took over two years to fully complete all the restoration on the body, which was plagued by rust on most of the underside as well as the wheel arches. 

A custom welded-in roll cage was also added, a rather unexpected find in such a rare classic car. The owner wanted to improve the torsional rigidity of the close to 40-year old chassis, as he intended to drive the car hard on both road and track. 

All the badges, chrome, lights, over-fenders and various trim are all original or OEM sourced parts.

With the body and chassis work taken care of it was the engine that needed to be addressed next.

In stock form the mighty S20 developed a reasonable 160 HP punch from a naturally aspirated 1989 cc straight-six engine.  This was good for a top speed of 125 mph and thanks to a contained 1100 kg curb weight allowed the Skyline 2000 GT-R to become one of the best driver cars of its time.  However the owner was looking for more performance so had the engine rebuilt to race car specification which included parts like forged pistons, lightweight H-section connecting rods, high-lift camshafts and a considerable amount of porting and polishing to the head.  

This together with the larger diameter Solex carburetors and custom exhaust system allows it to rev higher and produce 200 HP.  Torque response has not been sacrificed with a respectable 145 lb/ft being available in the mid-range. Other personal touches include the powder-coated cam covers and a custom oil-catch tank and breather system. The little S20 is considered one of Japans most remarkable engineering masterpieces and there are so few left that they fetch close to ridiculous amounts of money.  

No matter what angle you view this car from it just oozes aggressiveness, it's not a pretty car like an Italian car from the same time period would be, but it has tons of presence…

…something that can probably still be said about the modern age GT-R.

The red badge on the grille is a "Team S20" plaque, a club you can be part of only if your Skyline, or Z, packs an S20 engine. On top of the custom race-spec dampers the braking system was also upgraded with AP Racing calipers up front.

Watanabe-heaven!

The fuel filler cap sports the "S" logo used on the Skylines of the period.

Aside from the two Recaro bucket seats the interior has not been subjected to any alterations, except the addition of a more modern stereo headunit…

…and a triplet of gauges in the lower portion of the center console. 

A quick look into the trunk to see just how extensive the body/chassis restoration was. Even the fuel-tank has been given a fresh coat of paint.

It's hard to put it into words but that race-tuned S20 breathing through 44 mm Solex carbs produces an impossibly intoxicating engine note. The scream is wild, it's pure GT-R, the exhaust blearing out in exactly the same way real KPGC10 race cars do every year at the Nismo Festival. And this is a road-registered car! 

Shooting, sitting and going out for a ride in this unique classic was one experience I will never forget!

The Specs:

Engine:

- Race-spec S20 engine

- Forged pistons

- H-section connecting rods

- High-lift camshafts

- Solex 44 mm carburetors

- Custom exhaust system

- Large core racing radiator

- High-intensity ignition coils

- Custom oil catch tank


Transmission:

- Lightweight flywheel


Suspension & Brakes:

- Custom dampers

- AP Racing 4-pot front calipers

- N1 ventilated rotors


Wheels & Tires:

- Watanabe wheels 16”x8” front, 16”x9” rear

- Yokohama DNA GP 225/45/ZR16 front, 245/45/ZR16 rear


Interior:

- Recaro seats

- Custom half-type roll cage

- Datsun racing steering wheel

- Spot welded chassis

- Stripped out interior

-Dino Dalle Carbonare

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1

Wallpaper from photo nr 6 please :)

2

what a masterpiece...

3

this car is just insane

4

absolutely breathtaking!!! great coverage thank you for bringing us these rare images!!!

some could only be so lucky to own such a great piece of japanese history, such impeccable restoration is only possible in japan

5

I wish i had one of these in states.

6

I LOVE IT !!!!

I want one !

Again i wish feature cars came with hd video !!!

7

Amazing shot of Mt. Fuji and the car. I wish I could get my hands on one of these someday.

8

Any chance we can find out the offsets used on the Watanabe's?

9

Despite the obvious, I have to say that shot 6 is epic. If only the wooden fence wasn't there.

10

Super car i like love and want one

11

So clean and nice

12

wow.... i love it this car is absolutly amazing

there should be a viddeo that goes with this feature..

13

wow. I can honestly not think of a more perfect car. Demanding wallpapers, lots of them!

14

Oh and Dino, let me know if this guy ever needs a kidney or something. I think we can arrange a trade. Great article!

15

Oh and Dino, let me know if this guy ever needs a kidney or something. I think we can arrange a trade. Great article!

16

Dino, WALLPAPER PLEASE!!

17

WALLPAPER NO 6. MANDATORY, YOU HEAR ME!, MANDATORY!

18

Yeah, great job!

Well done!

Desktop please...

19

Wow so amazing what a fantastic looking car.

20

You just really have to love that car! And the best thing is that it will come to Forza Motorsport 3 and boy i will have a blast Drifting with that on Fujimi Track in Japan!! Check it out --



http://jake.dingblog.com/



Best Regards,

Alexander "Jake" Wegert

21

Such a beautiful car! Insanely hot! Definitely one of my all time favourite dream cars.

Plz fix up some wallpapers, I need it!!! :)

22

Wow, it looks like it have came out from the montage chain!

It´s really beautiful, more than new one

Excellent find&jod Dino, as always!

23

Wallpaper of pic. 6????!!!!

24

I HATE Dino and Speedhunters!!! sighhhh.

26

Pics 6, 8 and the last one could all be wallpapers. Correction: SHOULD be wallpapers.

27

great write-up and pictures. i love this gt-r.

28

STUNNING car and pictures, this is what I love to find on here and around the net, what an amazing car and photoshoot, you are lucky to do it all in person!

29

Yo! ONLY 200hp? Dats wack! Dis badboy needs a RB26 with like 800hp den it be the shiznit!

30

Thats a gorgeous car!

31

wow. Love at first glance!

32

I looove the classics respectfully restored and with the original engine souped to the nines!

I will also add please please please make a wallpaper of #6, the pic with Fuji-san.

33

Words can not express the awesome!!!

34

Wallpapers coming guys!

35

We need a wallpaper of #6 that is absolutely gorgeous.

36

That's spectacular. I've got to be honest, I don't understand your comment about this not being a pretty car. It's maybe not pretty the way a Ferrari California is, maybe, but the aggressive stance and forward lines are highly attractive in and of themselves. I shot an R32 a few weeks back and the way Nissan has carried the Skyline's design legacy forward is obvious. Great feature, wonderful photos.

37

i'm requesting wallpapers all over, please

38

WHY DOES IT SAY DATSUN ON THE STEERING WHEEL?!?!?!?1

39

I have never commented on anything on this site, but this car is just BEAUTIFUL in every way.



It hurts to not be able to find one of these out here. UGGHHHHH!!!!

40

Awesome skyline. glad it was keep authentic.I can see why you wanted one in shift now....

41

thats cool, it's stil a dream to have one to own, thats more unique than those R33 that i see al the times in the netherlands

42

Dino great shots as always. You get to see the coolest cars over there in japan. That car is amazing.

43

epic post. one of the best photos and car features EVER on speedhunters

44

Please for the love of God, please, give us a wallpaper of the Fuji shot. Everything about this car from the front air dam to the spoiler is perfect...except for the new stereo. They should've concealed it or done without. I love seeing the firing sequence on the valve cover.

45

oh. my. god. if i had to pick 1 reason to live in japan, it would be the hakosuka. amazing feature yet again!

could we get some wallpapers of the Mt. fuji shot? pure artistry.

46

Dam... Awsome photography there!.... That split pic is a nice touch... it really remindes me of 1970's style photos!



47

Gorgeous machine!



- Daren

48

lovin the hakosuka. the one with fuji-san in the background is definitely wallpaper material. cant wait to drive this at NFS shift and GT5. >:D

49

Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!

50

great motor in a great car on great roads with great scenery! :p



photos are nice too. ;) :)

51

FFS wallpaper on 6!

52

@ Sam:

That steering wheel isn't the stock one, it's a Nismo Compe, which is the sports option steering wheel from the early 70s. For some reason the Compes all say "Datsun" and not Nissan. I guess it might be because they are inspired by the special steering wheels made for the works rally cars which were Datsuns.

53

WOW, this is one of the best articles on the entire Speedhunters site. I love this photo, and these are some of Dino's best photos yet. Well done sir.

54

4 & 6 for DESKTOPS Guys!!!

55

Unbelievable...thanks for sharing.

56

is there anyway to get these pics as desktop quality? I have been at this site for a short amount of time and one thing that really stands out to me is the amazing photography in every article. I would love to be able to get all of the pic in desktop quality.



thanks in advance.

57

and on another note, the styling and general look of this beast remind me of an E30 M3. Both great looking cars IMO.

58

wow is all i can muster right about now, im still trying to gather my thoughts.

sick post, keep it up!

59

CAR OF THE YEAR

61

S20 engine is unbelieveable engine in the KPGC 10 GT-R. There are rare number of S20 powered Z432 Fairlady Z (240Z) built from 1969 to 1973.

62

uwwwaaaaaaa.......

i want one....

btw, where i can find the oem part of the hakosuka.... or replica part of it???

like emblem and other

63

I haven't seen this many comments on a post ever! Dino you have affirmed the Hakosuka as my dream car. This car is one of the most amazing and unique cars ever, it has everything a car enthusiast could want!

64

I haven't seen this many comments on a post ever! Dino you have affirmed the Hakosuka as my dream car. This car is one of the most amazing and unique cars ever, it has everything a car enthusiast could want!

65

Does anyone know where I can filters for my ITBs like the ones on the carbs of this car?

66

love this car.Great feature.

67

I think I've seen this car in Japan, Im sure its on display in a Nissan show room.

68

kaum mit worten zu beschreibend schöner wagen

supr bi araba

69

With Skyline week now under way, we figured it'd be cool to start off with some classic Skyline "Best of" galleries. To start off, here's a selection of Hakoskua shots gathered from the Speedhunters archive. Enjoy!

70

With Skyline week now under way, we figured it'd be cool to start off with some classic Skyline "Best of" galleries. To start off, here's a selection of Hakoskua shots gathered from the Speedhunters archive. Enjoy!

71

With Skyline week now under way, we figured it'd be cool to start off with some classic Skyline "Best of" galleries. To start off, here's a selection of Hakoskua shots gathered from the Speedhunters archive. Enjoy!

72

With Skyline week now under way, we figured it'd be cool to start off with some classic Skyline "Best of" galleries. To start off, here's a selection of Hakoskua shots gathered from the Speedhunters archive. Enjoy!

73

Speechless .... and breath taking I like to have one ☺

74

Very nice GTR!
Hako and Z owner myself.
Not important really but the "S" on c pillar is the air vent escape
.like s30 after 1970 had.
4 dr had no emblem but 3 rectangular open vents right behind the drip rail
C10, c210 fuel filler is right next to trunk. Its the KenMary c110 that has fuel filler under the c pillar emblem.

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