1975 S10 Silvia
Some 7 years after the demise of the CSP311, Nissan decided to dust off the Silvia nameplate.In response to criticism of the original Silvia, Nissan made the next generation the S10 as nicknamed by the S-Chassis community was considerably more spacious and bulkier in proportion. Nissan was rewarded with an export program to America – albeit in relatively small numbers. In America, the S10 was fitted with larger bumpers (to meet more stringent safety standards) and re-badged as a 200SX. But whatever it was badged, the fact remains that the S10 was a humble Datsun Sunny beneath a coupe body…In its home market in Japan, the Nissan S10 came powered by a 1.8 liter L-series 4 cylinder which, in fuel injected form, generated 79kW at 6000 rpm. The US-spec version employed a larger 2.0 litre L20B engine producing about 70kW but with meatier bottom-end torque.Part of the reason for the S10’s relative success can be attributed to Toyota’s popular Celica, which was paving the way to this particular niche. However, compared to the original Celica, the S10 Silvia is a bit of an ugly duckling… The appearance was tweaked in 1977 but this was merely a band-aid solution to a major styling issue.More than 145,000 examples of the S10 Silvia were built.