Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R Hakosuka
Possibly the most famous model name in the whole history of Japanese performance and sports cars is the Nissan Skyline GT-R. Nissan presented it in 1968 as the performance version of the upscale Skyline model. However, they gave it significant design and mechanical changes, transforming it into a JDM performance legend.
They called the first GT-R the Hakosuka, which is a Japanese term for a box since it featured squared lines and a boxy profile. But underneath the sheet metal, there was some serious sports car technology with a high revving 2.0-liter six-cylinder engine pumping out 160 HP. Also, the Hakosuka GT-R had race tuned brakes, steering and an independent rear suspension.
And all that made it capable on the streets and on the race tracks, too. Unfortunately, they never imported this model to the states. But today, it is highly collectible, expensive and desirable, especially since they only produced it in a right-hand configuration. Nissan built them from 1969 to 1972, in slightly less than 2,000 examples.
Holden Monaro GTS 327
The late â60s brought the muscle car war from Detroit to Australia. So, the Holden engineers decided to present their muscle car, equipping it with a bigger engine and upgraded components. And in 1968, the Holden Monaro GTS 327 was born. It was the first Australian two-door muscle car ever.
This car looked and sounded like a proper muscle car coupe. It featured a two-door Monaro body with bigger wheels and a graphics package. Also, it had a sportier interior and a Chevrolet 327 V8 engine under the hood. The V8 produced 250 HP which was more than enough for an exciting performance.
Immediately, Holden pitted their new Monaro muscle car against the Falcon GT in Australian touring car races. The GTS 327 won the 1968 Bathurst race, which was the first Holden victory on that track.
The Cerbera was one of the best affordable sports/muscle cars on the British market in 1996. They designed it as a two-seater coupe with a V8 engine up front, so it was a cross between a classic coupe and a muscle car.
The design was retro-futuristic with a long hood and aggressive silhouette. Today, even at over 22 years, this car still looks great. The best engine option was TVR’s own 4.7-liter V6 engine with the interesting “Red Rose” performance pack. It delivered 440 HP and an exhilarating performance.
The Century was a hand-built, limited production and highly formal limousine Toyota designed for the Japanese royal family and for high-ranking Yakuza members. They introduced the first Toyota Century in 1967. It stayed in production for 30 years with minimal changes to its technical layout and design. They produced it only as an RHD model, selling it in Japan and a few select Asian markets.
The first generation of the Toyota Century was powered by a 3.0-liter V8 engine delivering 170 HP. The interior was full of the finest leather, wood and chrome trim. Also, each car came standard with climate control, which was an advanced option for the period. The ride was extremely comfortable and quiet. In fact, the Century cruised effortlessly, even on the roughest terrain.