The History of The Nissan Fairlady

The ‘Fairlady Z’ series is considered the underdog of the drifting world. In 1969, Nissan produced two very similar versions of what is known as the S30. The Japanese S30 featured a SOHC L20A inline-6 producing 130hp while the American had greater engine modifications, such as a twin Hitachi SU-type carburetor that produced 151 hp. Why the difference? You’ll be glad to know that the Japanese understood the Americans as a stereotypical ‘Hill-Billie’ that wants lots of horses. And because it was Japanese, the US Nissan President wanted to change the model name to ‘Datsun’ instead of the Japanese Fairlady. As we get through the years, each car becomes more like a pornstar mobile. It had needless soft tops and started to look like a Lancia Stratos.

It wasn’t until the Fourth Generation Fairlady, also know as the 1983 300zx (Z31) appeared on the market, to finally change how a Fairlady should be represented. This car had more engine types then seats with the many different liter-age changes ranging from a standard 2.0 RB20DET, to the 3.0 V6 VG30DETT. This sleepy eyed demon with its Supra similarities kick started the Revolution of Fairladys.

The fifth generation in 2002, brought us the middle-class 350z with a 3.5 litre V6 VQ35DE engine. It was Nissan’s first attempt on a modern Fairlady and they took a whole new approach in terms of bodywork and showmanship. Its smooth and curvy body, which comes in seven different editions, could not be compared to its predorcesors as this time around, they had made a stereotypical sports car, which is what we wanted in a fairlady.

Finally in 2009, the ultimate Fairlady was born. The 3.7 V6 VQ37VHR powered 370z (Z34). This is now known as Nissan’s most powerful Fairlady as it had an output of 332hp. What is the difference between the 350z and 370z. Beauty in my opinion. The 370z was a lot more smaller than its older brother, it had a better OEM kit, it features the world’s first synchronized down shift rev-matching system and the list goes on.

But can you really compare a fresh from the market boy racer, to an ultimate classic? In my opinion, the Fairlady 69′ has a larger variaty of modifications that could be done to its engine. This is because of the size of the engine bay and how many different engines can be planted inside it. On the other hand, the 370z does offer a reasonably priced V6 with many new technilogical features and NISMO bodykits.


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