Head to hills! Run to the mountains! Godzilla has left Japan, crossed the Pacific, and is now is set to terrorize the roads of the Bay Area! No, this is the not the same Godzilla that stands as tall as the Empire State Building. It’s stronger! This classic was ahead of its time with its S20 5MT engine that pumps out 160 horsepower with 180 Nm of torque pushes the limit with a top speed of 200km/h (124 mph). “Oh-No! This is going to cost me a fortune to refuel!” you say. Wrong! Even with this size of an engine, its specialized engineering allows this vehicle to have an average of 11.6 L/100km (20.3 mpg)!
The original Godfather of performance vehicles is here.
This model evokes the best vintage Nissan ever to be produced. Skyline 2000GT-Rs first came out as five-speed manual sedans but quickly morphed into coupe form—all the better for the race track. Nissan stripped that version of unnecessary equipment so that it would be superlight and nimble (but thankfully it kept those handsome analogue dials and cool wooden interior accents). It worked: The racing version of the Skyline won more than 50 times from 1969 to 1972, which fanned enthusiasts’ obsession with the car. The model was never exported to the U.S.
But massive racing wins and a reputation for exacting prowess do much to cross international barriers. A discerning group of fans outside Japan has loved the old Skyline models because they are so entertaining to watch race—and to imagine driving.
If you want to buy a “Hakosuka” (“hako” means box, “suka” is the Japanese pronunciation of the "Sk" in Skyline) or a “Kenmeri” (nicknamed for an ad campaign featuring a young American-style couple named Ken and Mary, a spokesman for Nissan said) in the ultimate condition, be prepared to pay six figures. Lucky for you this rental is only $200.00 for the day! Nissan made only 832 Hakosuka sedans and 1,197 of the Hakosuka 2-doors, and of the few hundred known to be remaining, the ones in good condition rightly cost thousands of dollars. The marque made even fewer of the rare Kenmeri version; production was halted after only 197 units when stricter emission regulations were introduced shortly after their debut.