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40 years of Nissan’s Z in the UK

  1. Datsun S30
    Announced way back in 1969, the first-gen Fairlady
    Z had magnesium wheels as standard, as well as a DOHC 2.0-litre six-pot, which
    produced 160bhp.

  2. Nissan S130
    For the Z’s second coming, capacity grew to
    three litres, but power dropped to 145bhp. The styling was also, erm, tweaked,
    but both the 2+2 and two-seat models had more interior space.

  3. Nissan Z31
    Launched in ‘83, the 3.0-litre engine was
    the first Japanese V6 to use a turbocharger. Provided its state-of-the-Eighties
    pop-up lamps were closed, its all-new styling gave it a slippery 0.31 Cd drag
     coefficient.

  4. Datsun S30 restoration programme

    Between 1997 and 2002, the Z-car had a bit
    of a rest but US dealers offered a restoration programme. Nissan bought original
    240Zs, rebuilt them and sold them on for $24,950, complete with
    12,000-mile/12-month warranty.

  5. Nissan Z32

    The Z32’s the fourth-gen Z and launched in
    1989. The V6 3.0-litre DOHC engine came in twin-turbo and normally
    aspirated flavour, the latter churning out 280bhp.

  6. Nissan Z33

    Renault bought 44.4 per cent of Nissan back in 1999 and
    insisted on the Z’s resurrection. In 2002 the Z33 arrived, packing a 3.5-litre
    DOHC V6 - which produced 287bhp and 274lb ft - and telepathic handling
     proclivities.

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