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Nissan Fairlady Z (S130)
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Nissan Fairlady Z (S130). 1978–83 (prod. 51,737). 3-door 2-seat coupé, 3-door 2+2 coupé. F/R, 1998, 2753 cm³ (I6 OHC). Second-generation Z car inherited the long-nose, short-deck proportions but in a wider format; it had also evolved into more of a grand tourer for American boulevards rather than the sports’ car that kicked off the previous generation. Emissions’ regulations had also affected performance. Rear suspension now a semi-trailing arm, with the effect of moving the fuel tank and spare tyre rearward, and therefore increasing the rear overhang. Two-litre engines (including turbo) for domestic market; usually exported as Datsun 280ZX with the larger engine. Sales increased in the US market. T-bar roof from 1980, the first Japanese production car to have a factory one fitted. Slight performance increase for 1981 as 2·8 got an extra 10 PS (to 155 PS). Power steering changed from recirculating ball to rack and pinion. Some other changes at this point. Turbo 2·8 for US market from 1982; turbo 2·0 for domestic market later that year.

Manufacturing location: Hiratsuka, Kanagawa, Japan

Marque: Nissan | Model: Nissan Fairlady | Predecessor: Nissan Fairlady Z (S30) | Successor: Nissan Fairlady Z (Z31)


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