360 Friday Car History : The Nissan Z
Starting this week, every Friday 360 blog will feature the history behind a car model. Some you might know, others you might not. We are always open to suggestions for upcoming posts so if you have any car model you would like to see featured please let us know either by contact or by comment at the bottom of the page.
The Z-car refers to a series of sports car made by the Nissan Motors. The first sales of the Z started in October of 1969. This model is sold in Japan as the Nissan Fairladay Z, that model was exported as the Datsun 240 Z. Through there awesome look, great reliability, and strong performance, the Z car were always known as an affordable automobile. The Nissan Z cars currently hold the record of best selling sports car series of all time through their five generation selling more than 1 500 000 cars.
Teaming up with Yamaha, Nissan had visions of greatness. In the early 1960’s this partnership gave Nissan the opportunity to design a new sport car prototype. Nissan was a small company but they were no strangers when it came to the sports car game. By 1964 Nissan realized that Yamaha’s 2.0 liter DOHC engine was not meeting Nissan’s expectations. Without meeting their expectation Yamaha was rejected by Nissan and turned to Toyota making the 2000GT. The 2000GT was becoming a fierce competition to the Z series, by then the USA Nissan President realized the importance of an affordable sports car. The primary solution in making an inexpensive car was sharing parts among other Nissan vehicles. Here is the evolution of the Z car.
First Generation: Nissan S30
Second Generation: Nissan 280ZX
Third Generation: Nissan 300ZX (Z31)
Fourth Generation: Nissan 300ZX (Z32)
Fifth Generation: Nissan 350Z
Sixth Generation: Nissan 370Z (2010 model)