Found on Craigslist: 1972 KGC10 Nissan Skyline "Hakosuka"

I keep going on about the forbidden fruits of the automotive world and this Skyline is no exception. With the newer models finding their way stateside under the 25-Year-Rul,e we have started seeing a plethora of fully legal R32’s blasting their way on the highways and canyons of this great country of ours. But those who have not followed the appropriate import laws have found their precious treasures crushed at the hands of US Customs.
Vehicle importation companies have been popping up like the magic mushrooms in Super Mario Brothers, and our northern neighbor Canada sees the holy grail of forbidden fruit being legally imported in the R34 GT-R. It’s no secret of my love for old Nissan/Datsun offerings and today’s example of a pristine and meticulously restored and modified KGC10 Skyline really does make me smile.

With the rising costs of genuine KPGC10 2000 GT-R’s powered by the S20 DOHC straight-6 the 2000GT and 2000GT-X 1970-72 models have been seeing additional rising values. This is a good thing because it’s not as sacrilegious to modify these to your hearts content with a myriad of powertrain and suspension upgrades, as well as styling modifications that can be performed.

From the Craigslist ad:

Finally deciding to sell my 1972 Nissan Skyline KGC10. It’s time to move on to my next project and this one is first in line to find a new owner. Has a Clean California title and is currently registered.
$75,000 Asking Price. No lowballs no tire kickers, what you see is what you get.
The car in stock form came from a museum in Tokyo. The car’s body and paint was done about 3 years ago by our own body shop staff to a very high standard. Shortly after the body work and paint was completed is when the car went over to Vildini Motorsport with Adrian when they were located in Mission Viejo, CA to perform the complete engine build, drivetrain install as well as the suspension and brake modifications.
Here is a build sheet of the car:
`S15 SR20DET
` CP Forged Pistons 8.5:1 Compression
`ACL Race Bearings
`ARP Connecting Rod Bolts
`Custom Rear Sump Aluminum Oil pan
`Garrett GT3076R .64 A/R Ball Bearing Turbo
`Tial 38mm Wastegate
`Custom Top Mount tubular manifold
`Complete 3″ Mandrel bent stainless exhaust
`Brian Crower 264/264 Camshafts
`Brian Crower Valve Springs
`Sard 850CC injectors
`Walbro Dual GSL392 Fuel Pumps and Surge Tank mounted in the trunk
`Xcessive Manufacturing Z32 Transmission Adapter
`Z32 300ZX Twin Turbo 5-speed transmission
`ACT Pro-Lite flywheel
`ACT 6-Puck Sprung Clutch kit
`Xcessive short shifter kit
`Subaru STI R180 4.11 Limited Slip Differential
`Techno Toy Tuning Front Camber plates
`Ground Control Coilover sleeve kit
`Custom shortened front Strut Housings
`Tokico Illumina 5-way Adjustable Front Shocks
`Futo Fab Rear Camber/Toe Adjustable kit welded into Subframe
`Rubber Soul Rear Coilovers
`Bilstein Rear Short Stroke Shocks
`Wilwood 6-Piston Custom Front Brake kit
`Wilwood 4-Piston Rear Brake kit
`Wilwood 1″ Brake Master cylinder
`Hydraulic E-brake Handbrake next to driver seat
`Tilton Proportioning Valve
`Custom Rota RKR 17×7.5 front and 17×8.5 Rear
`Falken RT615K 215/40/17 Front and 235/40/17 Rear
`Nardi 340mm Leather Steering wheel
`Speedhut Custom gauges
`Apex’i Power FC D-jetro ECU
`Blitz SBC Electronic Boost Controller
`Bride (Taiwan) Low Max Reclining bucket seats

If it were me I perhaps would have avoided doing an SR20DET swap. If I were going for a more modern powertrain swap I would have done the obvious and gotten the RB26DETT. A well-tuned L-Series engine with an appropriate stroker kit would be ideal.
Well known Northern California Datsun engine builder Rebello builds a 3.0 L28 which would be totally wonderful. Remember this is quite a light car weighing in at 2400 pounds, a 275-300 horsepower power plant would more than suit the balanced nature of the Hakosuka.

[Source: Orange County Craigslist]

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  1. Rover_1 Avatar

    Almost too nice to take on a racetrack.

  2. ~~~ Avatar

    My god, it's full of stars…

    1. wunno sev Avatar
      wunno sev

      incidentally, those same Canadians will soon be able to import 2001 model year cars.

      1. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

        Only one more year until we can get non-hideous Falcon XR6s.

  3. Andrew_theS2KBore Avatar

    That car would be unbelievably appealing even with a scooter motor in it. The restomod makeover is done with what is, to me, exquisite taste (except maybe the Brides. Needs some leather-wrapped vintage look Recaros). With 400+hp worth of SR20, its… well, I'll be on Forza, cloning it. And/or in my bunk.

    1. JasonConnor Avatar

      I do agree with you about the seating choice the Brides aren't my favorite either. I just feel 6 cylinders should be replaced with 6 cylinders it seems more fitting in my mind.
      However the counterpoint the SR20 is considerably lighter than the L-Series and RB26 so turn in and track feel could be greatly improved. The SR20 is just a fantastic engine.
      Another thing the more I think of it I would have gone with the 15" Watanabes because they just look so perfect and if unsprung weight is a concern they will be a bit better. Also they make R888's in that size be it still quite expensive.

  4. Fresh Outta Nissans Avatar
    Fresh Outta Nissans

    $75k for a car with Rotas and mismatched shocks?
    Crack Pipe.

  5. ratpatrol66 Avatar

    This car is fucking sweet! I got wood!!!

  6. craigsu Avatar

    If this car were all black I would have suspected the former owner to be a member of the Yakuza.