Prince Motor Co.

1962 Prince Skyline S21


A new trend in automotive design was beginning to appear in the early 1960s, and this involved the design of a large grille cavity at the front of the car that ran the full width of the car. This cavity would then contain not only the grille but also the headlights and front indicators. Prior to this the normal design of the front of a car would see the headlights mounted separate and above the grille opening. 


In September 1962 Prince attempted to update the look of the old Skyline by redesigning the front of the car to incorporate this new design look. The result was less than successful, with the car clearly looking like a 1950s sedan with a modern 1960s front grafted on. This hybrid model only had to last until November 1963 when it was replaced by an all new thoroughly modern Skyline S50.

The S21 continued to use the 1962cc 96hp FG4B-40 engine as the previous BLSI-3 models, and all the other mechanicals remained unchanged. A pickup truck version was offered and this was called the P23. A van variant was also built, but unlike the 3 door vans of the past this new V23 version was a 5 door station wagon design. The luxury Prince Gloria BLSIP-3 version of the Skyline continued unchanged and did not get the new frontal design of the S21.

Model Variations


Prince Skyline S21S Standard Sedan

The S21S standard model had a horizontal side strip that ran the full length of the car, widening gradually as it moves towords the rear of the car. 


Prince Skyline S21D deLuxe Sedan

The S21D deLuxe variant has a horizontal side strip that widens dramatically at the centre of the rear door. All badgework is gold coloured. 


Prince Skyway V23 Van

Commercial variants were badged as Skyway instead of Skyline. The V23 has changed from a 3 door van to a 5 door station wagon design. More information about this model can be found in the Prince Small Trucks section. 


Prince Skyway P23 Pickup

The Skyway P23 was a 2 door 4 seater pickup version of the S21. More information about this model can be found in the Prince Small Trucks section. 

1962 Prince S21 Sedan

Length - 4380mm
Width - 1675mm
Height - 1535mm
Wheelbase - 2535mm
Weight - 1310kg
Top speed - 140kph
Transmission - 4 speed manual

Engine Specifications

Model - G2
OHV 4 Cylinder
Capacity - 1484cc
Bore & Stroke 84x84mm
Power - 96hp@5000rpm
Torque- 113.5ft/lb@3600rpm
Compression - 8.0-1
Carburettor - 2 barrel down draft

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