Irregardless of who made what or what the Allied forces called it, it's still a beautiful car with a great past.
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.