and other smaller cars from the Prince Motor Co.

The Prince Motor Company was in existence from 1947 until 1966 when it was merged with the Nissan Motor Company. In 1947 the Tachikawa Aircraft Company started production of the Tama Electric car. When Tachikawa started production of petrol powered cars it named them Prince in honor of the Emperor of Japan, Crown Prince Hirohita. The company name later changed from Tachikawa to the Prince Motor Co.

(1947 Model)

The Tama was an electric powered car built by Tachikawa prior to them building the first Prince cars.

(1952 Model) 

(1956 Model) 

(1957 Model)

The first model Skyline was powered by a 1484cc 60hp OHV 4cyl. GA-4 series engine. A larger engined, more luxurious version of this car was sold as the Prince Gloria.

(1959 Model)

The ALSI-2 was basically the same as the previous model. The most noticeable differences are the quad headlights replacing the twin lamps of the ALSID-1, different bonnet emblem and the single large horizontal bar in the grille was replaced with 2 curved bars. It retained the 1484cc 60hp OHV 4cyl. GA-4 engine. 

(1960 Model)

(1957 Model)

The Skyway is the wagon or van version of the ALSID-1 Skyline. It is available as either a 3 door or 5 door wagon.

(1959 Model)

A later 4 headlight Skyway based on the ALSID-2.

(1962 Model)

The second generation Skyline had a new 1484cc 70hp OHV 4cyl. G-1 engine. Has a cast alloy grille with a series of vertical bars, early cars have a large round stop light with a smaller indicator next to it. The base model cars have a chrome strip along the side of the car that ends half way along the front door, with the emblems mounted on the front door. The deluxe model, shown above, has a full length chrome strip and the emblems mounted on the back guard. They had either a 3 speed column change gearbox or a 4 speed floor change gearbox. Cars with the 4 speed had bucket seats. Available in 4 door sedan (S50) or 5 door wagon (W50).

PRINCE  SKYLINE  A150  S50E-2  (A190D Model Shown)
(1965 Model)

The S50E-2 has a pressed steel grille and also has chrome vents on the C pillars. Tail lights are shaped like a sideways capital D, and incorporate the stop, turn and reverse lights. Continued to use the 1484cc 70hp OHV 4cyl. G-1 engine, but was also available as the A190D model, which was fitted with a diesel engine.

(1967 Model)

After the Nissan/Prince merger the S50E-3 was introduced. During it's life it was sold as either a Prince Skyline, a Prince A150, a PMC A150 or a Nissan A150. Has a cast alloy grille with one wide horizontal bar. Tail lights are the same sideways D units used on the S50E-2. Uses the same engines as well.

(1968 Model)

With the release of the new GC10 series the Prince name was dropped, and from then on all Skylines would wear either a Nissan or Datsun badge.
The GC10 featured the new 1483cc 94hp OHC cross-flow 4cyl. G15 engine. 

(1964 Model)

When Prince wanted to go racing with the Skyline someone had the bright idea of taking out the 4cyl. engine and replacing it with the 6cyl. from the S40 Gloria. At first a small number were built to homologate the cars for racing, when these proved so popular they decided to put the GT into full production. There was no way the 6cyl. engine would fit in the S50, so what they did was they cut the car in front of the fire wall and inserted an extra 8 inches of panel work into the nose of the car to give the extra room needed. When you look inside the engine bay this modification is clearly visible. This gave the car a very dramatic appearence with it's long bonnet and short boot. Powered by the 1988cc 6cyl. 127hp OHC G7 engine. It had triple 40DCOE-18 Weber carbs, 5 speed close ratio gearbox, 99 litre fuel tank, full instrumentation, limited slip diff, power brake booster and a higher compression engine.

(1965 Model)

Available in two models. The "B" model (S54BE-2) had the 1988cc 6cyl. 127hp OHC G7 engine with had triple 40DCOE-18 Weber carbs, 5 speed close ratio gearbox, 99 litre fuel tank, full instrumentation, limited slip diff, power brake booster and a higher compression engine.. The "A" model (S54AE-2) had a 106hp single carb version of the G7 with a lower compression ratio. Both models had disc front brakes with twin piston calipers and alloy finned drums at the rear. "B" models had a red GT badge, "A" models had a blue GT badge.

(1967 Model)

This model had a grille with one wide horizontal bar, flow through ventilation with vents on the C pillar, and small eye ball vents added to the dashboard. These cars were sold as either a Prince Skyline GT, a Prince A200GT or a Nissan A200GT. Mechanical specifications were pretty much the same as the previous model.

(1967 Model)

As with the previous Prince Skyline GT, the new Skyline was available in a long wheel base GT model with a 6cyl. engine. Powered by the 1988cc 106hp OHC 6cyl. G7 series engine and later the 1973cc 109hp OHC 6cyl. L20 engine. It was available in a 2 door sedan (KGC10), 4 door sedan (PGC10) and 5 door wagon. But best of all was the Skyline GT-R, Which featured the new 1998cc 160hp double over head cam 6cyl. S20 engine. This was available as a 2 door (KPGC10) and a 4 door (PGC10).

(1961 Model)

The Skyline Sport was designed by the Italian designer Michelotti. Only about 500 of them were ever built. They had hand built bodies. Available as a coupe and a convertible. They were powered by the 1862cc 83hp OHV GB-30 engine.

(1961 Model)

A convertible version of the BLRA-3.

(1963 Model)

The Sprint was a concept car from 1963 that never went into production, it was powered by the powered by the 1862cc 83hp OHV GB-30 4cyl. Gloria engine.

(1965 Model)

The Prince R380-I was Japanís first mid-engine racing car. It set an E-Class world speed record at Yatabe Test Track in 1965. It finished first and second in the 1966 Japanese Grand Prix.

(1967 Model)

The R380-II was an update of the R380-I. It finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th at the 1967 Japanese Grand Prix and also came 1st at the 1968 Surfer's Paradise 12 Hour race in Australia.

(1968 Model)

In 1968 the R380 was converted to Group 7 specifications and re-named the R381. It was designed to run a new Prince designed V12 engine, but before the 1968 Japanese Grand Prix the R381 car was ready to go but the V12 wasn't finished in time, so Nissan bought 2 Chevrolet 5.5 litre V8-engines and fitted them instead, and won!

(1969 Model)

The V12 was finally finished and fitted to the new R382, which won the 1969 Japanese Grand Prix.

CUTIE FACT - Why Nissan and Prince merged.

In the mid-60's the Japanese Government suggested a number of mergers of Japanese companies to create larger companies that would be better equiped to handle any hostile takeover attempts by foreign companies. Nissan and Prince took the government's advice, and in 1966 they merged. (At the same time Toyota merged with Hino and Daihatsu.) Most of the Prince models were kept in production, but from 1967 on they were sold as Nissans or Datsuns. The Prince division still operates independently inside Nissan and is responsible for the Skyline range, including the GT-R. Today in Japan if you want to purchase a new Skyline you can not buy one from a Nissan dealer, you have to go to a Nissan Prince dealer. Even 40 years after the merger the Prince division still sells through it's own dealer network.



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