Nissan Prince Skyline
|(1957 to 1963)|
|Body and chassis|
|Wheelbase||2,535 mm (99.8 in)|
|Length||4,280 mm (168.5 in)|
|Width||1,675 mm (65.9 in)|
|Height||1,535 mm (60.4 in)|
|Curb weight||~1,300 kg (~2900 lb)|
The first Skyline was introduced in April 1957, by the Prince Motor Company, and was marketed as a luxury car. It featured a 1.5 L (1,482 cc) GA-30 engine producing 44 kW (60 hp) at 4,400 rpm. It used a de Dion tube rear suspension and was capable of 140 km/h (87 mph). The car weighed around 1,300 kg. Prince Skylines were produced as four-door sedans and five-door station wagons. Its appearance seems to be influenced by a popular luxury car during the same time period, called the Oldsmobile 88.
The Skyline also spawned a pickup truck and a delivery van marketed as the Prince Skyway.
The Skyline was updated with quad headlights for 1958. It was again facelifted in February 1960.
This model was powered by a slightly altered 1.5 litre OHV engine known as the GA-4 (1,484 cc) producing about 70 PS (51 kW) at 4,800 rpm and was produced through 193 . A 1,862 cc engine was also available in the Skyline 1900 (BLSID-3/BLSIS-3), delivering 91 PS (67 kW) at 4,800 rpm. This version was introduced in May 1961 and continued in production until the introduction of the second generation Skyline in 1963 In 1962, this model was restyled as the S21D/S series.
The Skyline Sport featured hand-built Michelotti bodies in stylish coupe (R21A) and convertible (R21B) versions. These cars used the 1.9 L (1,862 cc/113 cu in) GB-30 engine, producing 96 hp (72 kW) and 113.5 ft·lbf (154 Nm). While only a few hundred were built, Prince Motors had a very aggressive product placement group and they can be seen (along the company's mainstream models) in many Toho films of the early 1960s.