In honor of Nissan unwrapping its revised 2012 GT-R on Monday, we’ve parsed through the company’s archives and dug up some of our favorite Nissans from the past.
Think you know your Nissans from Altima to Z, or feel you’re the superior Skyline expert? Send us your best guesses on the identity of the car above via the comments section below.
Omedeto gozaimasu to those of you who correctly identified yesterday’s mysterious monster as the 1970 Nissan R383.
The R383 is the last in Nissan’s line of R380-series prototype race cars built to compete in the Japanese Grand Prix. Nissan’s R382 successfully competed in the 1969 event, placing its driver atop the upper step of the winner’s podium. To replicate this result, Nissan began developing and building the R383 for the 1970 event.
Unfortunately, the R383 never had a chance to prove its mettle, as the 1970 Japanese GP was canceled. This left Nissan with a monster of a car and nothing to do with it. It languished in warehouses for decades unitl 2006, when Nissan restored the car after doing the same for the R381, R382, and RS80-II.
After 36 years, the R383 was finally allowed to take to the track to show its potential at a Nismo festival in 2006. Thanks to its 700-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-12, the R383 gave Nissan fans quite a show.