Mac Ragan Collection
Tomica Limited 1964 Prince Skyline GT-B, No. 24, released 2001.
Behold the terror of Japan’s 1964 [GT-II class] Grand Prix at Suzuka. You’re looking at a replica of one of several Skyline racecars that gave the driver of a Porsche 904 Carrera GTS a scare. No, the Skyline didn’t win. But Skyline racecars did take second to sixth place! I find it kind of amusing that this very boxy sedan was so surprisingly capable.
This Tomica Limited model displays many of the “Limited” features collectors have come to love. Its soft tires ride on black steelies and the chassis features full suspension. As you can see, the painted details are outstanding. Check out the ribs in the front grille and the tape on the headlights. It seems that the Tomica team included as much as they could to replicate the real #41 car raced by Tetsu Ikuzawa at that 1964 race.
Did you know that the first Skyline wasn’t made by Nissan? Prince Motor Company introduced the Skyline in 1963. Ultimately, Prince did merge with Nissan (1966) and the Skyline continued in this form for two more years and only then was the Skyline officially a Nissan product.
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