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 Nissan Fairlady Z432 PS30
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The Z432 (model PS30) released in 1969 was the first Fairlady to bear the high-performance "Z" moniker.
This first Fairlady Z was developed based on the following design policy: 1) to chase performance limits with a base configuration capable of competing successfully in races; 2) to create a practical sedan with the same level of comfort as a normal passenger vehicle; 3) to create a mass producible, affordable car with an appropriate weight; 4) to create a vehicle perfectly suited for the Fairlady's main market in the US. A 2-seater closed body was selected from the standpoints of noise, insulation, and comfort.
The name Z432 stood for "4-valve, 3-carburetor, 2-cam". The car was fitted with a de-tuned version of the S20 that had been used in the R380. The car boasted a top speed of 210 km//h and an SS 1/4-mile time of 15.8 seconds.
The model exported to the US had a displacement of 2.4 L, and was therefore named the 240Z in that market.
The S20 engine was characterized as follows:
(1) Excellent intake and thermal efficiency and low weight as a result of its multi spherical combustion chambers, Japan's first V-shaped 4-valve layout, and aluminum cylinder heads equipped with crossflow ports.
(2) Stable spark discharge from low to high speeds with Japan's first full-transistor ignition device.
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Storage location:NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PLANNING DEPT. (560-2, Okatsukoku, Atsugi-shi, Kanagawa-ken 243-0126)
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Year manufactured:1969
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Manufacturer:Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
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Classification:Other
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Current status:In storage: not open to the public
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Vehicle name / Manufacture
Vehicle name:Nissan Fairlady Z432
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Model name:Model PS30
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Company name:Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
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Year manufactured:1969
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Vehicle type/usage:Passenger car
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Location of actual vehicle/replica:None
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Model / Weight
Number of doors:2
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Passenger capacity:2
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Vehicle weight:1040 kg
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Body / Size
Structure:Unit body construction
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Bumpers:Steel (with rubber)
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Step:None
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Overall length:4115 mm
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Overall width:1630 mm
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Overall height:1290 mm
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Tire size:6.95H-14-4PR
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Body / Axle / Driving / Others
Frame:Unit body construction
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Front axle:Strut balljoint type
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Rear axle:Ball spline type
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Wheelbase:2305 mm
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Front tread x rear tread:1355×1345 mm
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Steering:Rack and pinion
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Dampers:Hydraulic double-acting cylinder type
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Stabilizer:Torsion bar type
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Engine / Size / Power
Engine name:S20 type
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Cooling/cylinder arrangement:Water-cooled/inline 6-cylinder
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Valve train:DOHC
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Carburetor:Triple Weber
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Bore x stroke:82×62.8 mm
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Displacement:1989 cc
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Ignition system:Battery coil type (full transistor)
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Max. power/r.p.m.:160 ps/7000 rpm
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Max. torque/r.p.m.:18.0 kgm/5600 rpm
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Supercharger:None
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Variable ignition system:None
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Fuel tank capacity:60 L
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Hybrid
Hybrid system type:None
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Drive-train
Transmission:F/S with 5-speed OD
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Drive system:FR
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Performance
Mode fuel efficiency:-
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Reference materials:1) "Nissan Jidosha Shashi (1964-1973)", Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., 1975; 2) Nissan Jidosha Sabis Shuho, No. 184
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