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Nissan running production changes traditionally occurred in June on domestic models. Since 67 FMVSS the requirement was that September was the beginning of the new model year (though introduction usually happened in June even in the USA)
Anything produced after 9/XX is, in the North American Market, classified as the next "MODEL Year"
EXCEPT in 1974, when DOT & EPA did not jibe, because emissions legislation was technically on calendar year and not MODEL year. (hence the plate stating "in conformance at time of manufacture)
This is why you can have Carburetted 1975 260Z's (produced from 9/74-12/74) as well as EFI 1975 280Z's.
If you look at the January 1975 Nissan Lineup Sales Brochure, the Z's all have their Emblems airbrushed off and the spec lists BOTH 1975 260 Z's and 1975 280Z's!
Federally, anything after 9/1/74 was 1975 MODEL year, but only needed to comply with 1974 MODEL year specs as emissions were CALENDAR YEAR based. (This was rectified in subsequent years so it didn't happen again.)
In most countries, including Japan the "Year of Registration" bears absolutely NO correlation on a production date.
If you take a U.S. model 240Z back to Japan it's registered identically as a new car with three year initial registration and all the perks.
But like always you give Nissan "Series" (S30....there is no "Series 1, Series 2, blah blah blah...sorry!) and Serial Number and they will look in their data base for production year and month, and determine the parts necessary for the vehicle. You say "Series 1" and they will just look at you...or check for Z Information on Hesei 1 (1990)....
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun -- that means
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Canadians don't get it. Period. End of discussion.
Last edited by Tony D; 07-28-2015 at 09:56 PM.