The 4th generation Skyline (C110) nicknamed Kenmeri after a series of TV commercials featuring a western looking couple “Ken & Mary”, was the first model developed after the merger of Nissan Motor Co with Prince Motor Co. This model was a ‘make or break’ development for the newly formed Nissan. With exhaust regulations expected to tighten in the future, car development was focussed on compliance rather than performance. In the face of strong headwinds for sports cars, the Kenmeri GT-R (KPGC110 model) was released in January 1973, four months after the standard model. Featuring a 130mm longer and 30mm wider body than the previous 2-door HT (KPGC10), the Kenmeri included many unique components such as formidable blacked out grill, front & rear overfenders plus a vertical spoiler on the trunk lid reminiscent of a racing GT-R. While the engine was the same S20 as the 3rd generation with the same specs and suspension, components that affected handling were completely revised to deliver more dynamic performance. In the early stages of development, the Kenmeri was considered for racing as the successor to the Hakosuka, however this did not eventuate and as the S20 engine could not meet the new exhaust regulations, the Kenmeri GT-R ceased production after only four months. In many ways, the Kenmeri was a victim of the times, which is why it is called the forgotten GT-R.
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