Awesome 1:18 AUTOart Nissan Diecast Model Cars
Nissan has a spectacular
run on the performance car market by producing great cars such as the
Skyline GT-R and the Zs (300z, 350z, 370z). These are fast, high
performing cars that we’d like to be driving someday. We see them in The Fast & The
movies and dream of the possibilities.
The Skyline GT-R,
especially the 1999 model driven by O’Conner in the second movie, 2 Fast
2 Furious, is a legendary car. For one thing, it is highly-advanced
using four-wheel steering to manuever quickly in the tight streets of
Tokyo. Lightweight and compact, O’Conner’s 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
rolls around in precision powered by the famed 2.6-liter RB26DETT
twin-turbo inline-6 engine.
American fans of the Skyline GT-R are having a tough time acquiring the beautiful machine because it is not available in United States. Luckily, newer models of the Skyline are available in North America under the Infiniti brand.
Fairlady Z and 350z
The Zs are my favorite
Nissan cars. In fact, they were first marketed under the Datsun brand
which was already owned by Nissan for a few decades. I recall the 280Z
that a neighbor had as I was growing up. They are quite the collector
car now. And a close friend has a Datsun 240z that he rebuilt for
In any case, the Datsun brand was phased out in the 80s. And the Z line continues on under the Nissan brand. The distinction between the Fairlady and the Z is a matter of marketing. They are called Fairlady Z in Japan and 240Z, 280Z, 300Z, 350Z, 370Z, etc, everywhere else.
In the movie, The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift, the 350Z is heavily featured. They are driven by the bad guys, DK and his gang. DK, himself, drives a black 2002 Nissan Fairlady Z. With twin turbochargers, it could put out 460 horsepower at the rear wheels. Perfect for drifting.
His second in command, Morimoto, drives a golden 2002 Nissan 350Z. To me it’s the best looking car in the movie. A third member of DK’s gang who also drives a 2003 Nissan 350Z is Tea Hair. His car is silver and blue with some nice Toyo Proxes tires. The Zs that these guys drive are equipped with a NOX system to give an extra boost to win a close race.