To help launch the facelifted 2017 GT-R at the New York Auto Show, Nissan brought some gorgeous Skyline GT-Rs from its museum in Japan and a California collector. We sent our ace photographer to capture every aching detail, just for your enjoyment. You're welcome.
The Skyline GT-R story starts here with this wonderful 1969 example. Like so many of the cars we at Road & Track love, the original GT-R was designed to go racing.
Nissan squeezed 160 horsepower out of this jewel-like 2.0-liter straight-six.
The interior is very businesslike, but Nissan gives you all the gauges you need for spirited driving.
This wood-knobbed shifter looks wonderfully delicate.
From the beginning, the Skyline GT-R offered subtle, but purposeful looks to match its performance.
There's a reason these cars are now incredibly valuable. This first-generation example is damn near perfect.
This is cars to wear a GT-R badge, the 1973 Kenmeri.
It's nicknamed after a Japanese commercial that featured two characters, Ken and Mary.
Using the same engine as the first-generation GT-R, just 197 Kenmeri GT-Rs were built before Nissan ended production in response to the 1973 oil crisis.
Recognize this design? All GT-Rs that followed this one used dual round taillights with a central turn signal, as seen on the R34 and the current R35.
Amazingly, this particular car lives in the U.S., believed to be one of less than five examples in this country.
A high redline, by 1973 standards.
In the mid-1980s, there wasn't much excitement surrounding the Nissan brand. To combat this, Nissan brought back the GT-R badge on a car that more than lived up to its predecessors.
The R32 GT-R set the template for all Skyline GT-Rs to follow, with a turbocharged straight-six and a wildly complex all-wheel-drive system.
Thanks to its prodigious power and grip, R32 Skyline GT-Rs won nearly every race they were entered, earning it the nickname "Godzilla."
The GT-R was formidable on the road too. Like the first two GT-Rs, it married subtle looks with world-beating performance.
The engine and chassis were famously overbuilt, with many street racers and tuners building cars that had well over 600 horsepower.
The R32 GT-R was a revelation.
Yes, this is the exact car of your Gran Turismo fantasies.
The M-Spec Nür is one of the ultimate iterations of the mighty R34 GT-R.
M-Spec stands for "mature" spec, which is reflected in interior luxuries like these seats, the first time leather seats were offered in a GT-R.
Nür, of course, is short for Nürburging, the fearsome German track where the Skyline GT-R made its second home.
The body and matching wheels are painted in a color Nissan calls Silica Brass. The RB26 engine block was also painted to match the body.
Along with the 2017 GT-R, Hiroshi Tamura, Chief Product Specialist for the GT-R . Consider it a must-watch.