Ken and Mary: ’77 Nissan Skyline GT-R Tribute
These crazy cool cars were not imported to the U.S., therefore any that are on our shores have come from private import like today’s featured Skyline. This generation Skyline was commonly referred to as the “Ken & Mary” or “Kenmeri” Skyline. Some advertising genius featured a young couple relaxing in the countryside with their Skyline so fans affectionately named them Ken and Mary. Nissan built the GT-Rs so they could race but they pulled out of racing and stopped producing the GT-R edition. Only 197 Ken and Mary GT-Rs were built and prices are now well beyond the $150,000 range. So, the next best option was the 2000 GT-X dressed like a GT-R. The GT-X came with the venerable L20 1988cc SOHC inline-6 engine. This made them very popular with the street/race enthusiast groups. When you catch the eye of that group of enthusiasts, you are almost certainly going to be rodded-up to some degree – or totaled. Either way they become rarer still. Today’s find came from a collector in Tokyo who sold it to a gentleman from California. He added some go-fast looks from the GT-R, a roll bar, Panasports and lowered the suspension. That is why it sits so nice. The car went to a Japanese car collector in 2009 and is now once again available. The seller is asking $41,900 and you can see more photos on the eBay listing by clicking here. If you want to know more about what it is like to own a Skyline, spend a few minutes watching this video from Petrolicious.com.