Ever heard of the Nissan Laurel? These came out in the late ’60s, and shared a lot with the Skyline. By the 1970s, they had started to feel quite distinctly American. I especially like this version, a 1978 one, that shows a lot of influence from cars like the Ford Torino, with that big, raked C-pillar.
The mix of very American styling and proportions with Japanese detailing and design vocabulary (that front end, the wing mirrors, those color-coordinated hubcaps) is really a fantastic combination.
Also, the coupé version had the nickname Butaketsu, which translates to “fat butt,” so you have to love that, right? I mean, I can not lie.