Nissan Skyric GTX Brougham
If the name Nissan Skyric sounds unfamiliar you are correct: it is a combination of the Nissan Skyline and the Nissan Cedric 430. Both cars were brilliant in design and having Nissan combine the two into one is a stroke of genius! The front section is taken from the Nissan Skyline and the rear section is taken from the Nissan Cedric 430.
The Nissan Skyric combines the early 70s and late Showa. The merger of Nissan and the Prince Motor Company proved to be very successful. Not only did their combined efforts made the new company stronger than the two individually, but also the racing pedigree of Prince was successfully carried over to Nissan.
Nearly a plush GT-R
The Nissan Skyline became the 50 consecutive victories winning machine and by 1972 it began to look old and aging. To replace the Skyline C10, Nissan created the handsome Skyline C110 which mimicked the late 60s American muscle car style to perfection. Due to the oil crisis the successor of the Nissan Skyline GT-R never raced, but it still got sold at a low volume. One notch below the GT-R was the Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX-E, featuring a 2 litre L-series engine with triple carburetors. It was always overshadowed by the GT-R that got canned, but it surely does earn its place in history as well! During this period most buyers of the Cedric would have been rich industrialists, while ten years later most second hand buyers would have been youngsters who were into zokushas.
Nissan Skyric – Chassis and Suspension
The Nissan Skyric has 4 doors and the total length of the car is 4614mm. Due to being a hybrid between a coupe up front and a sedan in the rear, the wheelbase is now extra long, measuring 3107mm in total. The weight of the car also changed from 1145 kilograms (Nissan Skyline) and 1360 kilograms (Nissan Cedric 430) to 1289 kilograms (2842 pounds).
|Number of doors||4|
|Rear suspension||rigid link coil|
|Front wheels||14 inch 5J alloy rims, 6.45Sx14 (175SR14) tires|
|Rear wheels||14 inch steel rims, 185SR14 tires|
Nissan Skyric – Engine and drivetrain
The Skyric features the L20A engine up front. This engine delivers 128 horsepower. The choice for the L20A over the L28E is an odd one: the L28E is more powerful and this hurts the power to weight ratio. With the weight of the car being 1289 kilograms, this alters the power to weight ratio to 22.19 lb/hp (13.5 kg/kW)
|Bore x Stroke||78 x 69.7|
|Power||128 hp (95.5 kW)|
|Torque||167 Nm (123 lb.ft)|
|Gearbox||5 speed manual|
The L-series engine was originally designed as a 4 cylinder engine. Nissan was taken by surprise by Toyota’s M-engine in 1965, so the L-series was adjusted to also feature two additional cylinders. At the same time the over head cam design took inspiration from the Mercedes Benz OHC design on the M186 engine.
Nissan Skyric GTX Brougham trim level
The GTX Brougham mixes the best out of the Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX-E S-Type and the Nissan Cedric 280E Brougham.
The GTX-E was already the most sporty version of the range, but the S-Type also added a 5 speed gearbox to the package. The Jack Nicklaus edition with tweed interior and chesterfield seats were available on the Gloria 430, but there was no counterpart on the Cedric 430.
The GTX-E model was also the same model used in the well known Ken & Mary ads.
The rear windows can’t wind down fully due to the shape of the door, instead they tilt for the final part.
The original front: Nissan Skyline
This particular model of the Nissan Skyline was sold in 1975. The body style is a door coupe.
The second generation of the Nissan Skyline was actually the fifth generation of the Skyline. After the Nissan – Prince Motor Company merger the Hakosuka Skyline was branded as a Nissan product with the chassis code C10, and the successor the the Hakosuka became the C110. Just like the Hakosuka, the C110 quickly got a nickname as well: Kenmeri Skyline. The reason for this name originated from the ad campaign by Nissan where the protagonists are a fictional young couple named Ken (Japanese) and Mary (American) and this symbolized the car and the whole movement behind it. The two names were concatenated and thus the car became known as the Kenmeri Skyline.
The 1973 oil crisis kills the Skyline GT-R
Nissan planned to put, just like with the Hakosuka C10, a GT-R model of the C110 into production and race it successfully. The newly created C110 GT-R race car was basically a rebodied C10 GT-R race car and everything appeared to be fine for this strategy by Nissan, but then the 1973 oil crisis struck and reminded everyone that were are very much reliant on oil and gas guzzling performance models like the GT-R were abandoned quickly. This meant the curtain fell for the GT-R after only 197 cars had been sold and the C110 GT-R race car never competed in any race. Next in line after the GT-R was the Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-X featuring a set of two sidedraft carburetors, which got succeeded in 1975 by the more fuel efficient 2000 GTX-E that featured a fuel injected L20A engine.
The Nissan Skyline ad campaign
The Nissan ad campaign for the Skyline C110 was one of the most successful campaigns for Nissan ever. The ads featuring a Japanese young man (Ken) and beautiful American girl (Mary) hit the right tone for the (young) baby boomers and sales skyrocketed. Nissan sold 660,000 cars of the C110 generation in total.
Diane Krey: Mary
The Ken and Mary ads still have a huge following thus American highschool teacher Diane Krey (played Mary in the ads) still has a huge fanbase. She even regularly attends Japanese nostalgic car meets to sign all sorts of things!
The Nissan Skyline in popular media
The C110 was not a popular car after the late 70s and due to it’s daring design considered an ugly car throughout the 90s and early 2000s. Only after this people started to appreciate the C110 once more and the legendary 197 GT-Rs helped to increase the prices of the lesser models as well.
Drift and Zokushas
From the early 80s until the late 90s many of the plentyful C110s have been mutilated by youth that was into kaido racers / zokusha: back in those days the C110 was cheap and offered a nice platform to work with. Keiichi Tsuchiya confessed in one of the Best Motoring Hot Version videos that his very first drift car was a Nissan Skyline C110 sedan: it was cheap, powerful enough and easy to tune.
Brief encounter: KPGC110 Skyline GT-R by Wasabi Cars
The original rear: Nissan Cedric 430
This particular model of the Nissan Cedric 430 was sold in 1981. The body style is a door hardtop sedan.
After the Nissan-Prince merger the Nissan Cedric and Prince Gloria were basically their direct competitors. As both Prince and Nissan kept their own separate dealerships (only the Prince name got replaced on the cars itself), the Gloria lineup was kept. Starting from the third generation Cedric (230) the Gloria joined and shared the platform, engines, trim and most body panels. This meant that the two cars were visually almost the same and are sometimes hard to distinguish from each other. The fifth Cedric (430) was no exception to this and the most obvious difference between the Cedric and Gloria of this generation are the different grilles and crests.
The Nissan Cedric 430 ad campaign
The Cedric is coined by actor Hideaki Nitani (二谷英明), who is most famous for the leading role in the movie Tokyo Drifter. As Hideaki Nitani is a distinguished actor, he has to emphasize the luxury and class of the Cedric.
The Nissan Cedric 430 in popular media
The Cedric was a popular police chase car in the various cop series throughout the 70s and 80s in Japan. Especially Seibu Keisatsu (西部警察, Western Police) was renowned for their police car scrapping schemes throughout the final car chases during each episode.
Mint Original: 1981 Nissan Gloria VIP Brougham Jack Nicklaus Edition (430) by Wasabi Cars
The Skyric is a daring product by Nissan. Combining two of it’s existing cars into a new model and lineup was a risk, but it could potentially pay off as this could attract a new type of customer. Also by introducing a combination of two existing products as a new product the benefits of cost reduction should outweigh the cost of developing an entirely new car from the ground up.
Keep in mind that this is an automatically generated artist impression what could be a possible mashup between the Nissan Skyline and the Nissan Cedric. This is not meant to offend any person nor mock a specific car or car brand as all cars and car brands in our database are mashed up randomly. The gods of randomization feel that this was the proper hommage to both cars and highlighting their strong and weak points. In the end, just imagine this newly created car was a real thing and existed out of cost saving necessity. This isn’t the first time such a thing happened, hence we now have to live with the Toyoscionbaru BRZFR-SGT86 and soon with the ToyoBMW Z4Supra.
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