Saturday, February 26, 2011

What could have been: Nissan Fairlady Z



These pictures are from 1966, and show early designs of the first generation Z.

The bottom photo even shows what an optional hardtop would look like on a convertible version.

The actual car started production 3 years later. And ended up looking much better.
Still looking great today.

12 comments:

Soul Brother No. 7 said...

That would have been an interesting 60s version leading up to the 70s and up versions we have since enjoyed.

Anonymous said...

Nissan designs were all pretty bad in the '60s & '70s. (Remember all those ugly Datsuns?)

Interresting that they have, (since the French bought them out of bankrupcy) now become some of the most well-designed cars on the road. Far Far surpassing anything from rival Japanese Companies.

iQuack said...

Notice how fat the tires are.
Not ridiculously low profile tires with little shock absorbing depth the way sport car tires are today.

Omar said...

Looks like a blend of Lancia and Jaguar E-type. Wouldn't have been a bad Z but the production version turned out much better

Anonymous said...

Good stuff, more scoops like this would be great!

Andrew said...

It has that real boxy Nissan look doesn't it! I had a Nissan for years and loved it, one of my favourite cars.

Anonymous said...

"Interresting that they have, (since the French bought them out of bankrupcy) now become some of the most well-designed cars on the road. Far Far surpassing anything from rival Japanese Companies."

February 26, 2011 2:02 PM

Seeing an optometrist might be in order. eg Nissan Versa,etc.

Anonymous said...

Nissan has always been at the forefront of technology and performance, a much richer and deeper heritage than honda and Toyota that continues today in the Z car and GTR etc....

moore said...

Amazing how the current 2011 370Z's profile resembles this 45 year old design. Not a bad thing.

Anonymous said...

japanese-italian style. I like it.

Anonymous said...

"Nissan has always been at the forefront of technology and performance, a much richer and deeper heritage than honda and Toyota that continues today in the Z car and GTR etc...."

February 27, 2011 11:09 AM

Nissan salesman on this post.
Nissan hasnt been on the forefront of technology. Were the on the forefront of Hybrid, Variable valve timing, diesel technology?
Not relavent technology anyway Mr salesman.

providence used car said...

Hey! where do you find the above images and information of that model of Nissan. First time i have seen 60s' model Nissan, and this if happen because of your post. Thanks a lot.