We have no qualms admitting our love for vintage Japanese tin. There's just something about the country's hardware from the 1960s and '70s that flips all the right switches for us, and the lovely Skyline sits at the top of that heap. Our friends at Petrolicious seem to share that infatuation. The film crew recently sat down with Ivan Jaramillo outside of San Francisco to take a look at two very special members of his collection. You see, Jaramillo doesn't just own one Skyline. He owns a pair of them, and, unlike some collectors, he uses the cars as they were intended to be enjoyed.

Petrolicious spent some time filming Jaramillo's Hakosuka and Kenmeri tearing through redwood forests with their triple Mikuni carbs barking at the treetops. If you weren't a fan of the ancestors to the modern Nissan GT-R before taking a look at the latest effort from Petrolicious, you will be by the time the clip comes to a close. Check it out below.



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      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the white one with the kinked hood and the angry headlamps. So many things in the 1970s just stunk, but rock & roll and small sports cars sure flourished.
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      I prefer cars like this that are raw. Engine, red, manual, etc. not one of these modern rolling, bloated digital entertainment centers!
        al4gg10
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Teleny411
        Yea I agree there is something to be said for a simple sports car that requires multiple driver inputs to extract the speed / sound out of the car. No stereo in the cars heck just listen to that exhaust as you shift thru the gears .... but there are modern cars that also offer a similar feel with no DVD screens or other distractions that are also not pavement pounding step on gas gas pedal & go type muscle cars ... Subaru BRZ / Scion FRZ have some of the same characteristics as the Skyline.
      Lars
      • 2 Years Ago
      "We have no qualms admitting our love for vintage Japanese tin. There's just something about the country's hardware from the 1960s and '70s that flips all the right switches for us..." Amen. While I'm not old enough to remember actually buying and driving Datsuns from the 1970s, I'd still like to see Renault help Nissan kind of go back to its sweet roots as the BMW for the rest of us.
        md_stew
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lars
        Amen! I had a friend who owned a 70's BMW 2002,at the time I had a 1998 dodge Stratus ES with the 2.5ltr V6. He would leave me in the turns and give me all kinds of trouble in the straits. I can understand why those cars are kept in such high esteem these days. That being said, I want a 70's Datson Z car!
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lars
        Exactly! Few are old enough to remember what tiny rusted out tin cans most of the Japanese cars were back then. They were carefully put together as usual but generally they were boring as hell. Very few were fun to drive like Zs and Datsun 510 (my family had both, along with Mustangs, Vettes, Spitfires and Chargers. It cracks me up to see people who have never driven a car from back then tell everybody how awesome they are. ""We have no qualms admitting our love for vintage Japanese tin. There's just something about the country's hardware from the 1960s and '70s that flips all the right switches for us..." BS.......again, 95% of Japanese car from back then were tiny tin cans with teeny tiny motors that even. So 0-60 in 18 seconds or so with B78-13 bias ply with fenders that rusted off and plastic interiors that split in the CA sun? I was alive back the to remember what these cars were REALLY like, not what the fanbois fantasy that is described here.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man those things sound cool!
      Rob
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd take one '69 Mach 1 over both of those.
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of the things that strikes me most about vintage Japanese cars from the 60s and 70s is how blatantly they rip off the styling cues of other vehicles of the same era.
        ponycargt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        So there's still hope for the Chinese automakers to come up with something original someday
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        Yeah, but it's done in a very cool Japanese way, and the results are usually awesome.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice.
      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      Definitely for car-lovers only. If you picked your date up in this thing you probably wouldn't get a second date. Not so if it was a vintage Mustang, Camaro, etc. Unless your date is also a car-lover, but how often does that happen?
        bubba_roe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Steve
        Well if your girlfriend lived in a trailer park, had a few missing teeth and was a NASCAR fan you would get a second date with a vintage Mustang, Camaro, etc.
        snap_understeer_ftw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Steve
        not often. I did have one girl that loved my M3 :)
        prince_david
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Steve
        If you don't go out for a second date, it couldn't possibly be that she doesn't like you. It must be that she doesn't like your car!
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      It sure does have that Mopar look.
        Rich
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Meanwhile, back on the other side of the planet...
        Gazou74
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Yes. The right one look like the 1970 Challenger (the front).
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Beautiful sounding cars, I'd love to own a Hako too someday...
      autobus08
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sweeeet rides!
      Lillee
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've lusted over one of these Hakosuka GT-R's for the better part of a decade. The sound they make is sex. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAXGuD_f3Kw
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