Fairlady Z (S30-S) / Fairlady Z-L (S30):
Introduced in 1969, the first Z car came to Japan with a 1998cc sohc straight six and in 2 configurations, the standard Fairlady Z and the luxury model (Z-L) that came with additional optional extras.
Fairlady Z432 (PS30):
Introduced alongside the original Fairlady in 1969, The Z432 included the S20 engine from the Skyline GT-R . 432 referred to 4 valves per cylinder, 3 Mikuni carburetors, and 2 camshafts. Approximately 420 were built.
Fairlady Z432R (PS30-SB):
The orange and black racing model of the 432 was lighter weight and could be ordered with several combinations of transmissions and rearends. It was equipped with several fiberglass parts and lighter gauge metal was used in parts of the body for additional weight savings.
240Z (HS30 / HLS30):
Also launched in 1969, the ‘Datsun’ export model of the Fairlady Z. Equipped with a 2.4l straight six, it was roughly equivalent to a Fairlady Z-L, however the exact specification varied across markets. ‘L’ denoted the left-hand drive version.
Fairlady 240Z (HS30-S) / Fairlady 240Z-L (HS30):
Introduced in 1971, the Fairlady 240Z car brought the 2.4l straight six that had been previously available to other markets to Japan. As with the S30, it was available in 2 configurations, the standard Fairlady Z and the luxury model (Z-L) that came with additional optional extras.
Fairlady 240ZG (HS30-H):
Also launched in 1971, the ZG “Grande Nose” was a homologation special. Selling a number of the cars equipped with the aerodynamic panel and overfender package allowed Nissan to legally race similarly equipped cars in the Group 4 class.
Fairlady Z 2by2 (GS30-S) / Fairlady Z-L (GS30):
Introduced in 1974 to Japan, the 2by2 is distinguished by a longer wheelbase, revised roofline and the two “occasional” seats in the rear. Although superficially similar to the coupe, almost all parts were different from the bulkhead back!
260Z Coupe (RS30 / RLS30):
In 1974 the 260z replaced the 240z in export markets. It included an updated rear light cluster, engine modifications to meet new emission regulations and a redesigned interior. In the US it was also fitted with redesigned bumpers to withstand low-speed impacts. ‘L’ denoted the left-hand drive version.
260Z 2+2 (GRS30 / GRLS30):
Introduced to export markets alongside the coupe version in 1974 the 2+2 followed the pattern of the Japanese 2by2 with a redesigned roof and two extra seats.
280Z Coupe (HLS30):
Introduced in 1975 only for the US market, the 280z was designed to comply with increasingly strict emissions regulations and to compensate the engine size was increased to 2.8l and equipped with fuel injection. Two special editions were released, the yellow ‘Zap’ in 1977 and the ‘Black Pearl Edition’ in 1978.
280Z 2+2 (GHLS30):
Similar to the 260z, a 2+2 version of the 280z with a longer wheelbase was introduced along with the coupe. As with it’s predecessor, it shares very few parts with the 2-door model past the bulkhead.
Fairlady Z (S31-S) / Fairlady Z-L (S31) / Fairlady Z-T (S31-J):
In 1976 the S31 was introduced in Japan to comply with new safety and emission regulations. It was fitted with the L20 EGI engine and was now available with an additional ‘Z-T’ trim which came with even more optional extras, including electric mirrors and windows.
Fairlady Z 2by2 (GS31-S) / Fairlady Z-L (GS31) / Fairlady Z-T (GS31-J):
Following the now standard pattern, the 2by2 version of the s31 was introduced alongside the coupe with the same trim levels available.