1965 Silvia

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1965 Nissan Silvia (CSP311)

What we have here is a very rare and significant part of Nissan's rich history and the beginning of a 37 year successful run of the ever popular S-chassis.

This particular Silvia is a 1965 model year, chassis # 102 of only 554 ever produced.  Due to the low production volume, Nissan employed the expertise of Yamaha to aid in the production of the chassis which were all hand-built and the body panels were formed over wooden bucks which as a result, no two chassis were ever exactly the same. 

Styling of the body should be credited to Kazuo Kimura although Count Albrecht Goertz did aid in some of the final design elements as well a employing the first 1:1 full-scale clay models of which molds could be taken from for production purposes.  Due to the tedious production methods and high level of fit and finish designed into these vehicles, the Silvia was priced more than double the cost of the next model in Nissan's lineup at the time. 

The CSP311 Silvia was a bespoke body and interior built on the foundation of the SP310 Fairlady Roadster, but instead of utilizing the 1500cc engine, the Silvia received the later and more powerful SP311 1595cc with twin 38mm Hitachi SU carburetors from the 1600 Roadster as well as the front disc brakes although the Silvia received an upgraded transmission and shorter final drive ratio to aid in acceleration from the slightly heavier chassis compared to the roadster although the Silvia still weighs in at scant 997 kg (2154 lbs.)

This particular chassis is in very original condition which is absolutely vital to the value of these cars due to the limited amount of parts available.  The exterior was properly restored and repainted in Japan by a vintage Nissan specialist we work with here at JDM Legends in the original shade of "Silvia gold" to a very high degree except for the engine bay and trunk which retains the original paint and verifies the fact that this was the original paint color for the car.

Since receiving the car from Japan we have restored a few of the interior and exterior parts of the car to bring it back to original condition as well as putting this car through our 100 point inspection to verify the car is in proper electrical and mechanical running order.  We have also given the car a tune up and replaced the aging upper and lower radiator hoses and fuel lines which can be seen in the photos.  And addition to that, we have also replaced the rear wheel cylinders and brake shoes.

This is surely to be the the most original and complete example on the market and the fact that asking prices in Japan have gone up to  10,800,000 JPY ($99,000 not including export and titling fees) this is surely a great value on a very rare piece of Japanese automotive history.

This car is currently located in the United States and will be sold with a Utah state title.  For more information or additional photos of the chassis condition, please contact sales@jdmlegends.com for details.

Vehicle is currently in storage in Texas. Buyer is responsible for pick up or delivery cost which is not included in the price of the vehicle. However, JDM Legends can help facilitate shipping, pick up, or delivery arrangements.

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