Sixty years ago, in April 1957, one of the most hallowed names in the Japanese car world was introduced at Tokyo Takarazuka Theater. The Skyline was not a Nissan yet, but a Prince. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Nissan is bringing out every generation of its iconic car to Tokyo this weekend.
The display will be at Roppongi Hills for this weekend only, from April 21-24, and since it’s Friday in Japan, the celebration has already begun. All the cars are from Nissan’s DNA Garage in Zama.
Taking center stage was the first Skyline, the 1957 ALSI-1, and the newest Skyline, a 60th anniversary limited edition V37 (aka the Infiniti Q50 in the US) in Aurora Blue Flare Pearl.
In case you’re wondering what the dapper bearded gent is doing when he appears halfway through the video, he is demonstrating a photo gimmick in which visitors to the exhibit can insert themselves into period scenes corresponding to each Skyline generation. For example, the 1957 photo shows a half-built Tokyo Tower during construction. Visitors will also have the chance to get four Skyline keitai straps, but it might take a while because they’ll have to complete the set one at a time by dropping ¥500 ($5) a pop into a capsule machine.
The festivities don’t stop there. At the Nissan Crossing in Ginza, a gallery of Nissan Skyline sketches used for design examination are on display. At the cafe on premises the baristas will draw Skylines in the foam of your latte as well (this is an actual thing Nissan says is happening). This will go on from April 22-24.
About a hour south of Tokyo, at the Nissan headquarters building in Yokohama, another Skyline display is taking place. Our friend and Nissan designer Ken Lee is at the mothership and snapped a few quick shots for us before he had to go upstairs and attend to important Nissan business.
The car selection is quite well thought out. The BLRA-3 doesn’t really fit into the regular lineup, so it’s perfect at the smaller display. Similarly, the Kenmeri sedan is in Tokyo, so it makes sense to put the 2-door in Yokohama. However, it appears that either Nissan has two early Newman R30s, or one that is so fast it can be in two places at once. The Yokohama display runs until May 31.
All this may seem like a lot for one model, but as one of Japan’s most beloved nameplates the Skyline’s milestone anniversaries are always celebrated. Ten years ago, one of the earliest posts on JNC was about the 50th anniversary of the Skyline at the then-new Tokyo Midtown Park. How time flies! Happy birthday, Skyline, and here’s to the many more that will come.