Shinichiro Sakurai, Father of the Skyline, 1929-2011 (passed away)
Not a skyline owner, but an enthusiast and only sharing some Skyline related news to all.
On January 17, 2011 in the quiet Tokyo suburb of Setagaya, Shinichiro Sakurai, the father of the Nissan Skyline, passed away due to heart failure at the age of 81. Every major newspaper and reporting agency in Japan ran a story about the man’s life. Otherwise gruff auto enthusiasts wept openly. This outpouring of emotion and respect for a simple engineer is proof that Sakurai’s creation not only had an immense impact on the motoring community, but the average Japanese citizen too.
Re: Shinichiro Sakurai, Father of the Skyline, 1929-2011 (passed away)
I think he was the one who had the great idea of putting an inline 6 in a normal sedan, hehe
A graduate of Yokohama National University, he went to work for Prince Motor Company in 1952 where he helped develop the Skyline. Sakurai is called “Father of the Skyline” for dropping a straight six into an elongated body, thus transforming a standard sedan into the GT race machine that we associate with the name today, one of the most lasting legacies in auto-dom.