Nissan’s legendary all-wheel-drive turbocharged racetrack monster, the Skyline GT-R, wasn’t always a dominant racer — nor was it always a Nissan. The Skyline started life as a lowly I4-powered commuter sedan in 1957. Nissan joined the Skyline’s scene in 1966 when the company merged with Prince. A mere three years after that, in 1969, the first Skyline rolled off the assembly line with a GT-R badge.
The Skyline GT-R entered competition almost immediately — running against the likes of Mazda RX-3s and Toyota Corona 1600GTs. The Skyline kept evolving, but it didn’t become a true racing legend until the introduction of the all-wheel-drive and turbocharged R32 variant in 1988.
As the Skyline evolved through its R32, R33 and R34 versions, the Skyline GT-R became a mainstay of race circuits and video games despite never coming to the United States. The first GT-R to come stateside was also the first version of Godzilla to not bear the Skyline badge.
The GT-R we know now is nothing like from the commuter Prince Skyline of yore, which makes watching the animated versions of Nissan’s legendary sports car’s evolution that much more interesting. Check it out above.