Jay Leno has driven cars that would make any motorhead jealous, but in the most recent episode of his online show Jay Leno’s Garage, America’s most famous car collector gets wowed by what is perhaps the ultimate sleeper classic, the Nissan Skyline GT-R sedan.
We at JNC usually have mixed feelings about Leno’s videos. Leno is a traditional car collector, raised on European blue chips and Duesenbergs. Often, the host seems only half-interested in the Japanese cars that are paraded before him, and there seems to be little to no research or fact-checking involved. Leno relies entirely on the guest’s version of the car’s history, which can lead to mistakes.
However, in the case of the episode’s Skyline GT-R — a genuine S20-powered article made more interesting by the fact that it’s a rare sedan body — Leno seems truly impressed by its design, engineering, and racing pedigree. Viewing it through his Eurocentric lens, he likens it a four-door Jag, the famed British gangster getaway car. Leno remains open minded, though, even if he asks basic questions like whether it was sold as a Datsun or Nissan.
Leno mentions that his first car was a Datsun 1600 roadster, but it’s almost as if he hasn’t glanced at a Nissan since. The four-valve-per-cylinder straight-six and 5-speed transmission charm the host, though, and by the end of the episode we see something we haven’t really come across in these episodes — Leno really seems like he might dig it juuust enough to perhaps buy one.