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 Nissan Silvia CSP311
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The first generation Silvia was released in 1965 as a semi-customized specialty car comprising a 2-seater coupe body on a Fairlady chassis.
The flowing and elegant styling by the German designer Albrecht Goertz was acclaimed as a handmade gem. The handmade aspects of the car are best expressed in its seamless body that was finished by a veteran employee, and its machined aluminum radiator grille.
Equipped with a 90 hp 1.6-liter dual-carburetor engine, the first usage in Japan of a Porsche-inspired cross-ratio 4-speed transmission, and a new type of diaphragm spring clutch, the high performance of the Silvia outstripped that of European sports cars in the same class. Careful consideration was also given to safety at high speeds, by providing safety belts as standard and securing wide fields of view.
This Silvia was only produced for 3 years, between 1965 and 1968, and it came with a high price tag (roughly 1.2 million yen compared to the 930,000 yen that the Fairlady 1600 cost).
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Storage location:NISSAN ZAMA MEMORIAL WAREHOUSE (2-5000, Hironodai, Zama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 228-0012)
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Year manufactured:1966
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Manufacturer:Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
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Classification:Mass-production vehicle
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Current status:In storage: not open to the public
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Vehicle name / Manufacture
Vehicle name:Nissan Silvia
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Model name:Model CSP311
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Company name:Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
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Year manufactured:1966
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Vehicle type/usage:Passenger car
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Location of actual vehicle/replica:Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Zama
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Model / Weight
Style:Coupe
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Number of doors:2
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Passenger capacity:2
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Vehicle weight:980 kg
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Body / Size
Bumpers:Steel
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Step:None
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Overall length:3985 mm
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Overall width:1510 mm
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Overall height:1275 mm
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Tire size:5.60-14-4P
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Body / Axle / Driving / Others
Frame:Box section X-members
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Front axle:Wishbone, balljoint type
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Rear axle:Semifloating type
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Wheelbase:2280 mm
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Front tread x rear tread:1270×1198 mm
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Vehicle height adjustment:None
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Steering:Cam and lever type
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Dampers:Front/rear hydraulic double-acting cylinder
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Stabilizer:Front torsion bar type
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Driving stability devices:None
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Engine / Size / Power
Engine name:R type
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Cooling/cylinder arrangement:Water-cooled/inline 4-cylinder
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Valve train:OHV
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Carburetor:Twin side draft variable venturi
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Bore x stroke:87.2×66.8 mm
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Displacement:1595 cc
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Ignition system:Battery coil type
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Max. power/r.p.m.:90 ps/6000 rpm
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Max. torque/r.p.m.:13.5 kgm/4000 rpm
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Supercharger:None
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Variable ignition system:None
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Fuel tank capacity:43 L
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Hybrid
Hybrid system type:None
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Drive-train
Transmission:4-speed floor shifter (full synchronization)
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Drive system:FR
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Performance
Mode fuel efficiency:-
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Reference materials:1) "Nissan Jidosha 30 Nenshi", Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., 1965; 2) "Nihon No Meisha 100 Dai", Rippu Shobou; 3)Annual Automotive Specifications 1966
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