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Southern Skylines ~ Skyline Encyclopedia
MODELS, IN EXTREME DETAIL (click the red link)
C210 Skyline 1600 TI
C210 Skyline 1800 TI
C210 Skyline 2000 GT-EL
C210 Skyline 2000 GT-EX

With the C110 having drawn to a close and the oil crisis putting an end to the more performance oriented Skylines, where was the range to go? Well it would just continue its trend as it had done in previous years and in 1977 the 5th Generation, C210 was released.

Although the lineup did not include a GT-R, it still used the same formula as the previous generation, with sedans, coupes & wagons with a variety of engines all as part of the mix. The approach to the 80′s was evident in the styling of the 5th Gen cars, the curvy lines of the 70′s had been replaced by angular, sharpened edges, the unmistakable Skyline look was still there though with the square cut over the rear arch and in domestic models, the signature round rear lamps.

Again, the export market received the '240K GT' label, though this time it was partnered by 'Skyline'. Instead of being a Nissan Skyline as it was known in its home land, in export markets it was the Datsun Skyline 240K GT. One of the larger export markets for the GC210 was the UK who seemed to receive a disproportionate amount of hardtops compared to the sedan. Australia was the other market to receive a decent share of the GC210, continuing on from their haul of GC110′s.
The Japanese nickname for the C210/211 was 'Skyline Japan' which makes finding information on them relatively difficult!

1600TI - 1.6 L Z16 I4, ??? hp
1800TI - 1.8 L Z18 I4, ??? hp
1800TI-EL - 1.8 L Z18E I4, ??? hp
2000GT-EL - 2.0 L L20E I6, ??? hp
2000GT-EX - 2.0 L L20ET turbo I6, ??? hp
Datsun 240K-GT - 2.4 L L24 I6, ??? hp

The landmark for the Skyline Japan was the inclusion in the range of a turbocharged version. Though this did not come out until the face-lifted C211 series. With the loss of the GT-R the only version in the range to receive anything of a real performance nature was the GT Turbo. The problem of course being that the 6-cylinder L20ET wasn’t exactly a massive powerhouse though that didn’t stop the Skyline from becoming a cult classic figure with the aid of the Seibu Keisatsu series.

Such wonderful technological wizardry, which of course continued in the Seibu Keisatsu series when the R30 was released after the C210/C211.
Engines in the C210 series ranged from the previous L-series in both 4 and 6-cylinder forms and when the C211 facelift took over the L-4 was replaced by the Z-series. Not only was the C211 the coming of the turbo Skyline it was also the release of the diesel Skyline with a LD28 6-cylinder diesel made available in both Hardtop and Sedan form. Power in the C210 ranged from 100bhp in the lowly L16 (4-cylinder 1600cc) version to 130bhp in the L20E (6-cylinder 1990cc) and in the C211 91bhp in the LD28 (6-cylinder 2792cc, Diesel) to 145bhp in the L20ET (6-cylinder, 1990cc, Turbo) Only 15bhp more than the non-turbo version.

The differences between the C210 and C211 are quite evident in the nose of the car. The C210 retaining the quad round lamps at the front and the C211 switching to the more 80′s sleek large rectangular lamps. Such is the scary way of the 80′s vehicles, sharp angles were considered modern and futuristic.

This new front end was continued on to the R30, where the 80′s had truly taken hold and were the Skyline made it’s return to the race-track.

Main thanks: www.retro-classics.co.nz


- 1977–1981
- 539,727 units sold

1.6 L L16T, I4
1.6 L Z16S, I4
1.8 L L18T/L18E, I4
1.8 L Z18/Z18E, I4
2.0 L Z20E, I4
2.0 L L20E, I6
2.0 L L20ET, I6 turbo
2.4 L L24/L24E, I6
2.0 L LD20, I4 diesel
2.8 L LD28, I6 diesel

2-door coupe
4-door sedan
5-door station wagon


Front engine, rear-wheel drive


Musashimurayama, Japan

Nissan Laurel

Shinichiro Sakurai


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