John Webber
John Webber
10/21/20 9:12 a.m.

[Editor's Note: This article originally ran in the May 2007 issue of Classic Motorsports.]

The saga of the Silvia seems to have been launched more as a design exercise than by Nissan’s desire to sell the car. It’s been called the first luxury two-seater coupe to come from Japan, and while acclaimed for its stylish appeal, Silvia had limited success in the home market and virtually none in the export market.

Still, lessons learned from the model helped pave the way for the company’s continued sports/GT development, which eventually led to the 240Z. That milestone car’s worldwide success more than made up for the Silvia’s meager sales. 

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