The History of Nissan Sports Cars


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The History of Nissan Sports Cars

Nissan is a multinational automobile manufacturer with its headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. Widely known for some great designs and world-class performance, the company first manufactured its line of sports cars in the early 1960s at the Tokyo Motor Show. Over the years, the automobile giant launched several sports models, so let's look at a bit of history about the renowned carmaker.

1961 - 1970
The Datsun 1500/1600/2000 Roadster, also called the Datsun Fairlady, by Nissan hit the Tokyo sportscar market in 1961. The Datsun 1500 Roadster (SP(L)310) had a 1.5-liter in-line four-cylinder engine and seated three. This stylish convertible featured a single carburetor generating 77hp. The final redesign of the model was launched in 1965 with the back seat eliminated, new interiors, and a more sporty dashboard. Nissan launched the Datsun 1600 Roadster (SP311) in 1966. The engine was boosted to a 1.6-liter and generated 96hp. Additionally, the 2000 Roadster SR(L) 311 revealed itself in 1967, and it generated a whopping 135hp. Both the 1600 Roadster and the 2000 Roadster were manufactured until the end of production in 1970.

1969 - 2000 and 2002 - present
1969 saw a brand new sports car from Nissan. The Z-series was manufactured over six generations. The first was the Nissan 240Z (S30) with a 2.5l engine generating 151hp. This model was relaunched with upgrades in 1974 and 1975. The 1974 260Z model came with a 2.6-liter engine, while the 1975 280Z model had a 2.8-liter variant. The second, third, fourth, and fifth-generation Nissan sports cars were the 280ZX (S130), 300ZX (Z31), 300ZX (Z32) and 240Z Concept, and 350Z (Z33), respectively. Their production ranged from 1978 to 2000 and then again from 2002 to the present.

In December 2008, Nissan launched the 370Z (Z34). With a 3.7l V6 engine, it can generate up to 350hp. Another high-performance sports car by Nissan came out in 2007 and was called Nissan GT-R. It has an all-wheel-drive, 3.8-liter front engine. Although no longer a part of the Skyline family, it was originally meant to be a successor to the Nissan Skyline GT-R model. If you'd like to know more about Nissan cars, feel free to visit our dealership.


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