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    Prince Skyline 1962 pic and vid

    Posted some pics of my 1962 Skyline a number of years ago but never got round to posting my vid that I took after I fixed a fuel supply problem.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXHZ9ANjZqQ

    Its a 1962 BLSID-3 Prince Skyline Deluxe with the 1900cc 4 cylinder G2 engine (originally had a GB4 1900cc), sold new in New Zealand on 4th October 1962. I am the 3rd owner, and have owned it since 1985. These Skylines are said to have been the first Japanese cars sold in New Zealand. The first owners told me that when they went to look at it, they hadn't long been unloaded off the transport ship and were still sitting on the wharf covered in protective grease from the voyage, and that there were 50 Skylines there, all Deluxe sedans. The first owner also gave me the factory Prince radio and toolbox which he had kept when he sold it.

    I also have the original Skyline glovebox manual and factory service manual also. Unfortunately its off the road currently as it needs a little bit of rust fixed, and its only a little bit too. Overall its still in good original condition. Cloth seats, front foglights and radio were all standard to the Deluxe sedans. Its actually quite luxurious for a 60's car.





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    Re: Prince Skyline 1962 pic and vid

    An incredible survivor! I'm glad its in your hands.

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    Love that blue tinted glass! Great stuff. More (bigger!) pics please! Neko.

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    Re: Prince Skyline 1962 pic and vid

    Tint looks much bluer in real life. Need to take some better pics from those I already have. In the ones above its covered in dust from sitting in the garage, maybe I should have washed it first.

    Have one of the back seat....lol. Lounge suite style cloth seating, still really comfortable after all these years. Could do with a good clean, but isn't ripped or worn.



    Engine: Prince G2 1900cc 96hp. According to the brochures, its a descendant of the Zero Fighter Aircraft Engine.

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    Beautiful car, and it's in such good shape.

    Quote Originally Posted by nzmax
    Engine: Prince G2 1900cc 96hp. According to the brochures, its a descendant of the Zero Fighter Aircraft Engine.
    Do they mention anything about the relationship of the engines? The Zero fighter was made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

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    Re: Prince Skyline 1962 pic and vid

    Beautiful car, and it's in such good shape.

    Quote Originally Posted by nzmax
    Engine: Prince G2 1900cc 96hp. According to the brochures, its a descendant of the Zero Fighter Aircraft Engine.
    Do they mention anything about the relationship of the engines? The Zero fighter was made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

    The Zero engine was an aircooled rotary engine, nothing like an inline water cooled 4 cylinder. Looked superficially like a Wright Cyclone. Maybe a sharing of engine block material science, casting technology or foundry?

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    Re: Prince Skyline 1962 pic and vid

    Quote Originally Posted by Raven
    Beautiful car, and it's in such good shape.

    Quote Originally Posted by nzmax
    Engine: Prince G2 1900cc 96hp. According to the brochures, its a descendant of the Zero Fighter Aircraft Engine.
    Do they mention anything about the relationship of the engines? The Zero fighter was made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
    Will rephrase it....looked at one of the brochures again..

    "The engineers who created the famous Zero Fighter aeroplane have once again produced a remarkable power plant: the new 1900cc 96HP engine"

    Prince Motors was born out of the Nakajima Aircraft Company. I was always on the understanding that they made the Zero Fighters, but no.

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    Re: Prince Skyline 1962 pic and vid

    Nakajima may not have made the Zero, but the Nakajima Hayabusa was referred to as a Zero by the allied forces because of its resemblance to the Mistubishi Zero. So I guess, it's still sort of correct. Irregardless of who made what or what the Allied forces called it, it's still a beautiful car with a great past. :tu:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raven
    Irregardless of who made what or what the Allied forces called it, it's still a beautiful car with a great past. :tu:
    After all the years of owning it, I still think its a beautiful car also. To me, part of the beauty is the history, not only the Prince Motor Co history part of it, but also the history of my individual car. I purchased it in 1985 off the 2nd owner, and it sat round till 1992 when I got it back on the road. One of the first things I did was take it to show the 1st owners, who were amazed to see it again 15years after selling it. Seems like the 2nd owner didn't do much with it and it just sat in a shed.

    The first owners told me that they were the first people to buy one of these Skylines, though im guessing the Prince importers probably would have had one themselves also. They were literally fresh off the boat when they looked at and test drove it, and was the car they ended up with, collecting it on 4th October 1962. These Skylines are rumoured to have been the first Japanese cars sold in New Zealand, so it is possible that mine was the very first publically sold Japanese car here. I know that the Datsun Bluebird was sold here near the end of 1962 also, but I cant find any dates that would indicate when the first one was sold. Nissan New Zealand haven't been very helpful in providing any information in regard to the Bluebird as Nissan NZ didnt exist until the 70's. The company that originally imported Datsuns is no longer in existence.

    The first owners also told me of a couple of instances where they were ridiculed for owning a Japanese car, and on one occasion, having the brakes interfered with, though never proven if it was just opportunistic vandalism or some form of "anti Japanese sentiment" which unfortunately did exist here in some form in the 60's, even in a little country at the bottom of the world. By the end of the 60's Japanese cars had an image of being reliable, comfortable, economical well made cars. Amazing what a few short years achieved.

    When I purchased my first house in a small town near the town where I grew up, which incidentally was the same town that the first owners lived near when they purchased my Skyline, it was amazing how many people remembered them owning one the same colour, not realising it was the same one. I have even seen a photo from the 60's of an event outside the local community hall, which shows it parked in the background.

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    Re: Prince Skyline 1962 pic and vid

    How goes it? I tried to email you a few times to see how things were going. Looks like the Prince is still around. I have no idea where mine ended up. Looking good. Thanks again for all the help when I owned mine.

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