I bet you didn't know this was a GTR? Also this company made Aircraft parts at first...read more.
When everyone thinks of a Nissan GTR, they relate to the actual “R” models, 32,33, 34 etc. Actually, it was not always like that.
The Skyline name originated from Prince automobile company, which developed and sold the Skyline line of sedans before merging with Nissan-Datsun.
The GT-R abbreviation stands for Gran Turismo Racer while the GT-B stands for Gran Turismo Berlinetta. The Japanese chose to use Italian when naming the car – as most cars that were made in Japan at that time used Western abbreviations – to further enhance sales. The earliest predecessor of the GT-R, the S54 2000 GT-B, came second in its first race in 1964 to the purpose-built Porsche 904 GTS. However, the earlier Prince Skyline Sport coupe/convertible foreshadowed the GT-R as the first sports-oriented model in the Skyline range, hence the name.
The Prince Motor Company was a Japanese automobile manufacturer from 1952 until its merger with Nissan in 1966. Prince began as the Tachikawa Aircraft Company, a manufacturer of various airplanes for the Japanese Army in World War II, e.g., the Ki-36, Ki-55 and Ki-74
In about 1947 Fuji Sangyo decided to develop an electric car which became known as the “Tama”. Note: In Japanese ‘Tama’ means ghost, spirit, soul. Production started sometime between 1949 and 1952. Exactly when? Three versions of the Tama were produced; the E4S-47 and the “Junior” (both 4-seaters) and the 5-seater “Senior”.
The car, which weighed 2,425 lbs (1,102 kilos) used lead acid batteries, had a range of about 60 miles (96 klm) and a top speed of 22 mph (35 kph). Double check these figures.
Again, another company started out as an airplane manufacturer. I guess there is a reason why I like BMW and the GTR so much, not the Nissan Co.
Ref: Historyforu, Wiki, Nissan Archives, Nissan Website