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Nissan's vintage Skylines are the most beautiful cars at the New York Auto Show

Speed down memory lane

There are a lot of beautiful cars here at the New York Auto Show, but the most head-turning ones on the floor aren't new. In fact, a few of them are really old. Nissan, which is here this week to show off the updated GT-R, has assembled a handful of classic Skylines dating back as far as 1969.

The GT-R was born from the Skyline brand, so it's a fitting homage to the car's heritage. And the collection here mostly runs the gamut. The most striking is probably the oldest one: the GT-R 1969 C10 Skyline, which was the first Skyline generation to parade around in Nissan branding. (Skylines started up as a part of the Prince Motor Company, which merged with Nissan in the 1960s.)

Then there's the longer and wider Skyline 2000 GT-R from 1973, with its swoopy body and antennae mirrors that sit way up on the hood. A dark gray 1989 R32 GT-R also makes an appearance — a peek inside might be a stark reminder at the awful interiors of the 1980s, but the low, flat shape of this car and the big hooped spoiler in the back are undeniably iconic.

Not everyone can make it to the show, so we've unloaded some photos of all these classics below. (Nissan even brought the camouflaged 2013 GT-R Nismo that lapped the Nürburgring in 7:08.679.) Enjoy!

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