Nissan Skyline most iconic Japanese car ever Japfest 1

While the new Nissan GT-R is revelling in the success of setting a new Guinness World Record, its predecessor (and grandparents), the Nissan Skyline, also gained some acknowledgement as well. Followers of Japfest, the biggest celebration of Japanese cars and culture in Europe, has named the Skyine as the most iconic Japanese car ever.

Prior to the event’s start on April 24, 2016, the organisers carried out a survey among its social media followers to see which Japanese performance car would be identified as the most iconic model.

Thanks to the Playstation Generation (Gran Turismo, yeah!), the Nissan Skyline came out on top. From the classic Hakosuka, to the R32 GT-R that earned the Skyline its ‘Godzilla’ nickname, and the R34 Skyline that was made famous in the Fast and Furious films, it’s no wonder the sports car, in all its generations, is so endearing with enthusiasts.

“The Nissan Skyline is one of the cars that really kicked off the Japanese tuning craze in the UK, so it’s no surprise to see that it’s been named as the most iconic Japanese performance car of all time. Japfest is a real celebration of the culture that it, in part, created, and we look forward to celebrating its success this year among the event’s festival atmosphere,” Event manager Katherine Chappell said.

Results from the survey revealed that the Toyota Supra came in as the runner-up to the Skyline, while the Subaru Impreza WRX took the third spot. Curious what models were listed on the survey? Well, here’s the full list:

  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evo (all variants)
  • Toyota Supra
  • Honda Civic Type-R
  • Nissan Skyline (all variants)
  • Toyota MR2
  • Honda Integra R
  • Mazda MX-5
  • Toyota GT
  • Toyota Corolla AE86
  • Honda S2000
  • Nissan 200SX
  • Datsun/Nissan Z cars
  • Subaru BR-Z
  • Mazda RX-7
  • Datsun 510
  • Mazda RX-8
  • Toyota Celica
  • Honda CRX
  • Mitsubishi 3000GT
  • Suzuki Swift Sport
  • Mitsubishi FTO

The survey also included an option to suggest other cars. There you have it Skyline fans and owners, your favourite Japanese performance car has been crowned as the most iconic Japanese car ever. For the rest, do you agree with the results from the survey? What model would you have preferred to receive the title?