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Awesome 1:18 AUTOart Nissan Diecast Model Cars

Updated on July 3, 2011

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 Furious movies and dream of the possibilities.

Skyline GT-R

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.

1/18 scale AUTOart Nissan Fairlady Z
1/18 scale AUTOart Nissan Fairlady Z

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 shows.

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.


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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great hub. Yes, this is a classic Nissan brand. I remember a co-worker of mine from a long time ago. He purchased an older model Z, but he loved it. I think it was a 280 or something like that---can't remember at this time.

      Great hub - voted up