Hakosuka: The Vintage GT-R Dream

The early ’70s Nissan Skyline GT-R is one of the most sought after vintage cars in Japan, and as they become older their value just keeps on rising.


Like many collectable classics, the Hakosuka Skyline earned its legendary status on the race track. Circuit racing was huge in Japan in the ’70s, and during its era, the GT-R won more than 50 national touring car races.


And it’s that racing heritage coupled with the model’s rarity more than 40 years on that have pushed Hakosuka Skyline prices to the sky; so much so that even a bone-stock one can easily fetch US$150,000 these days. But the KPGC10 that you see here is no regular GT-R.


Its original S20 DOHC straight-six engine has been upgraded with a full-counter crankshaft and oversized pistons. There’s also triple 45mm Webers to replace the factory Solex carbs, and a full straight-pipe exhaust. Judging by the sound it makes, you could expect an old Ferrari or Lamborghini to be driving past when you hear it, but this is all Japanese.


The owner actually planned to buy a brand new R32 Skyline GT-R V-Spec II in the early ’90s, but that model sold out so fast at dealers that he ended up missing out. A few years later he found this Hakosuka, and he’s owned it ever since.


He says, “I used to work for Nissan in the ’70s, and to me, those were the greatest times in racing history for the company. This car always reminds me of those good old days.”


It’s hard to think of a better wheel to suit this Skyline than Hayashi Streets, a classic and iconic racing design that always look fresh. They complement the GT-R’s lines perfectly and stand out while still being understated.


The stock Hakosuka GT-R already has overfenders straight from the factory, and they can fit a 10J wheel with no modification. That’s pretty crazy for a stock car!


When people hear the name ‘GT-R’ today, their minds go straight to the ultra-modern Nissan R35 that’s packed with technology and computers. But we should never forget the original GT-R, the one that has all the heart, soul, and heritage to keep old racing memories alive.

For more on this Hakosuka, press play above to check out a short video I made.

Teruhisa Inoue
Instagram: teru_the_damaga



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Oh my god that sound.


Holy shit!!!


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Video is just an image.... Is it flash?  What was the solution to this and getting to the wallpaper sized images?
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This Hakosuka sounds amazing holy moly :O
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Holy shit. That thing sounds abolsutely bloody amazing


dattttttt sounddddd....... oh man... who needs radio when u have this sound to ride along


Well beautiful car, but thank you so much for that well-done video.  Just long enough, with DAT SOUND.

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Holy shit!!!  Straight 6s make arguably the best sound known to mankind <3
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Please explain the nonsense music over the engine!Who needs to hear that lousy song while that fury is breathing burned gasoline like crazy?


First time I've heard someone saying that straight 6 makes the best noise.
I've heard ppl say v8, Ferrari v12, and boxers. But straight 6 usually sounds meh


oh i love it


high performance , nicely shaped , actually a doll


AMAZING, absolutely love the bit of the article where the owner planned on buying an R32 V-SpecII but a few years later found the Hakosuka, I mean...that's a dream come true - who wouldn't want to own an original Hakosuka?, great article, great pics, great video


mazdaspeeder86 Serious? One of the best sounding engine configurations ever! V12s is just 2 straight sixes  joined at the crank so of course they sound good!


Uh. Not really. If anything its more like 2 v6 joint at the crank. And straight 6 is not famous for its noise. Torque is what's good for.




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mazdaspeeder86 uh no, wrong on all counts.


How 2 v6 tandem to each other sound more farfetched then 2 inline 6 next to each other? And what 2 I6s that sounds amazing? And please no short answer. Hard evidence please.


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That's all turbo noise. Next


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The straight 6 itself already sounds like racecar from its era! Now I need a POV video of this Hako with no music whatsoever,just pure straight 6 singing like how it should be :D


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