We introduced you to Gary’s 1971 Skyline 2000GT last year and we are pleased to share the most recent developments with this nostalgic dream car. For starters it was featured in this year’s San Jose International Auto Show, where spectators admired the sharp, re-fininshed Watanabe wheels and stunning brightwork. The front and rear bumpers, 3 piece grille, and tail lights were all re-chromed:
The interior has been transformed with front and rear seats that are much more comfortable now and easy on the eye. Gary sourced several trim items like the “2000GT” console badge and rare steering wheel. Check out the seat rest logos and cool etched seat belts. Yes, Gary even restored the 80’s Clarion speakers in back 🙂
What is a driver’s car without a proper drivetrain? The C10 came with hot-rodded L-series motor that put out a respectable 160hp/190tq to the wheels but Gary wanted a little more motivation. Rob has worked closely with the folks at Rebello Racing and they brewed a recipe for one monster straight-6: a 3.2L, triple carb’d beast with 300hp as the target. With the engine out ZCG went to work on the bay, cleaning up wiring and unnecessary clutter left by the previous owner.
The 3.2 is going in…check out the before/after pics to see how clean the engine bay is now:
Eagle-eye viewers may note the factory-like fuel line. From dirty to sexy…ZCG-style
The dyno reveals very impressive results: 272hp/249tq at the wheels! Looks like 100hp more does make a difference 🙂
A 1971 Skyline that makes more hp than my 2006 Nissan 350z and weighs hundreds of lbs less…and looks cooler too, what’s not to like? And the best part of the build is working with Gary. I’m sure you’ll see a bunch of classic Skylines at car shows that are generally driven with a light foot. Not this one, it was built to drive hard! So, what is next for the C10? Full suspension and a brake upgrade that still maintains period-correct parts…stay tuned. More pics of the build in the gallery, enjoy!