I don’t bear in mind noticing Nissan Crossing – the Japanese carmaker’s model showcase in Ginza – the earlier time I used to be in Tokyo’s glitzy district, nevertheless it was unattainable to not this time round. Strolling from Tsukiji market in the direction of the Imperial Palace, I handed the crossing the place the well-known Wako Constructing sits, and throughout the massive Seiko clock sat a uncommon, pink beast.
I needed to rub my eyes as a result of a Kenmeri GT-R is uncommon – it’s definitely more durable to come back by than a Hakosuka, the primary Skyline GT-R, and plenty of have solely seen the fabled KPGC110 as a die-cast mannequin.
The primary time this author noticed a Kenmeri within the metallic was after we visited Nissan’s Zama Heritage Assortment in Kanagawa three years in the past, nevertheless it was simply that bit extra superior this time round – perhaps as a result of it was in pink, or as a result of it was within the metropolis, or maybe a mix or each.
The 1973 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R sitting in Nissan Crossing’s “Cylinder” storefront is considered one of simply 197 items of the KPGC110 made and bought in Japan in 4 months from January 1973, giving it the nickname “the elusive GT-R”. Killed by strict exhaust emission rules, the fallacious time, fallacious place Kenmeri GT-R was produced in silver, white and pink – the latter is essentially the most uncommon color.
The C110 GT-R is powered by a 2.zero litre engine six-cylinder engine with 160 PS at 7,000 rpm and 177 Nm of torque at 5,600 rpm, and this S20 engine – with DOHC and three racing carbs – is what differentiates the elusive GT-R from lookalikes primarily based on the common Skyline C110 Coupe.
Moreover this automobile, the S20 was ever solely discovered within the Hakosuka (1,945 items in four- and two-door kind) and 420 items of the Nissan Fairlady Z S30 432. Click on on the hyperlinks to see these S20-powered legends.
The 1,145 kg C110 GT-R sits on entrance struts and impartial rear semi-trailing arms, whereas the brakes are all spherical discs. Visually, the way in which the coupe physique with black overfenders sits on these skinny 14-inch wheels are somewhat odd (in comparison with trendy automobiles), however they mark out a GT-R together with a mesh entrance grille and distinguished ducktail rear spoiler. In fact, the GT-R badge in that iconic association sits on each ends, which have 4 eyes every.
There can be no extra GT-R after the Kenmeri, till the R32 resurrected the well-known badge in 1989, beginning one other chapter of the GT-R story. For these questioning concerning the title, Kenmeri refers to Ken and Mary, a pair of lovers utilized by the carmaker within the advertising of the second-generation Nissan Skyline in Japan.
Working whereas on vacation? Can’t imagine I’m saying this, however I loved it. Additionally do take a look at a lovely video of the Kenmeri (and Hakosuka) by Petrolicious and a cute compilation of Ken and Mary Skyline advertisements beneath.
GALLERY: 1973 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R KPGC110
The submit 1973 Nissan Skyline GT-R KPGC110 – Kenmeri noticed Auto Reviews & New Cars on Paul Tan’s Automotive Information.