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Our Fairlady “Z” – The Z31 Years (1984-1989)

Sold from 1983 through 1989, the Z31 300ZX name followed the numerical convention initiated with the 240Z, put forth by Yutaka Katayama, the one time president of Nissan Motors USA. The “X” designation had debuted with the previous generation Z car, the 280ZX, to signify the presence of luxury and comfort oriented features. Contrary to popular belief the Z31 model of the 300ZX (1983-1989) was actually the most popular in terms of total sales, selling over 100,000 more units than it’s Z32 successor. […]

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Our Fairlady “Z” – The S30 Years (1970-1978)

The Nissan S30 (sold in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z and in other markets as the Datsun 240Z, then later as the 260Z and 280Z) was the first generation of what would become the iconic “Z” sports coupe. Designed by a team led by Mr. Yoshihiko Matsuo, the head of Nissan’s Sports Car Styling Studio; HLS30 was the original designation given to the left-hand drive model and HS30 for the right-hand drive model. […]