Skyline Car Series Turns 60

Skyline car series turns 60

An event commemorating the 60th anniversary of the release of Nissan Motor Co.'s Skyline — the auto manufacturer's signature car — was held at Roppongi Hills in Minato Ward, Tokyo, on Thursday. All 13 models, including the current one, are on display through Monday.

The first model of the car was released on April 24, 1957, by Prince Motors Ltd., which merged with Nissan in 1966. The sports-car-based sedan series was especially attractive to young car buyers, with domestic sales topping 3 million cars.

The third model, released in 1968, was affectionately nicknamed Hakosuka, a combination of "box" (hako) and an abbreviation of Skyline, because the body of the car was shaped like a box.