Friday, February 10, 2012

Tomica Limited - Nissan Fairlady Z432



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 Z GT two-seat coupe, and later (beginning in the 1974 model year) also 2+2 hatchbacks produced by Nissan Motors, Ltd. of Japan from 1969 to 1978.

It was designed by a team led by Mr. Yoshihiko Matsuo, the head of Nissan's Sports Car Styling Studio. HLS30 was the designation of the left-hand drive model and HS30 for the right-hand drive model.

The 240Z and 260Z used twinturbo, variable venturi Hitachi one-barrel side-draft SU-like carburetors. The carburetors were changed beginning with model year 1973 to comply with emissions regulations, but the earlier carburetors were far superior for performance. Fuel injection (L-Jetronic electronic fuel injection, designed by Bosch) was added for the 280Z in 1975 for the US. This was primarily in order to cope with the difficulty faced in getting enough power using carburetors while still meeting US emissions regulations.

Due to its relatively low price compared to other foreign sports cars of the time (Jaguar, BMW, Porsche, etc.), it became popular in the United States and was a major success for the Nissan Motor Corporation, which at the time sold cars in North America under the name Datsun. The 240Z also broadened the image of Japanese car-makers beyond their econobox success.

Continuing through the 1975–1978 model years, other non-USA markets still received the 260Z coupe and the 260Z 2+2 hatchback — the two-door, four-seat model. The S30 240Z is essentially unrelated to the later 240SX, which is sold as the Silvia in Japan, although initial advertising for the 240SX mentioned the S30.

This is now the replica of this popular car and personally for me, after watching the anime - Wangan Midnight, I really wanted to have the scale model for this car and after over a year searching high and low, I finally got it with a decent price - I'm a happy bunny...

This item is produced by Takara Tomy thru their "Tomica Limited" series/brand intended for matured collectors.

The box/packaging;







And now... out of the box/packaging;













Just like any other Tomica Limited models, the logo/emblems are accurately placed and the overall looks is quite pleasant - almost like real.....





The wheels design and colors also matched those from the actual models in the old days;







As an added bonus, openable doors;






I like the black interior color, exactly what I want it to be, though I don't really fancy this light brown color, but then again, I guess that is one of those actual classic color available for this model back then.





Overall, I'm glad that I finally got the scale model of this car. The painting finishing is quite remarkable, the detailing is highly commendable - exactly what I expect from Tomica Limited.










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1 comment:

  1. this is another nice and iconic model from Nissan and as you mentioned, it was known here as Datsun... i remember i had one of these Datsun made by Majorette (a more recent model) which have not only openable doors but retracting headlights as well...

    i like so much this 240Z which have a good deal of detail (pretty much what you can expect from a Johnny Lightning, so that’s great for me !!!) oh, and i love the last two pictures with the bunch of Nissan... it seems you were shopping a bit to much recently LOL... XD

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