• Introduction of Japanese die cast miniature car toy, Tomica

Silvia is FR drive method sports car that Nissan Motor had manufactured and sold until 2002.

S13 NISSAN SILVIA

 

The above picture is Nissan Silvia of die cast miniature car toy “Dream Tomica”, which was released by TOMY COMPANY,LTD on July 16, 2016 in Japan.

Silvia has been developed to the seventh generation by repeating model changes.

This miniature car toy reproduces the most popular fifth generation Silvia (S13 type) among successive Silvia.

 

In Japan, there is a manga called “Initial D” that depicts the public road race by sports cars.

Mr. Shuichi Shigeno is the original author and was serialized in the comic magazine “Weekly Young Magazine” until 2013.

The main stage of “Initial D” is a fictitious Mt.Akina modeled on the Mt.Haruna in Gumma Prefecture.

The team named “Akina Speed Stars” where car lovers gathered appeared, and the car owned by that leader, Koichiro Iketani, was S13 type Silvia.

 

Dream Tomica is a derivative model of Tomica, and various vehicles such as Sanrio characters or Doraemon etc., which are different from commercial vehicles are prepared.

This die cast miniature car toy is modeled on S13 type Silvia appearing in “Initial D”, and “Akina Speed Stars” sticker etc. is reproduced.

 

S13 NISSAN SILVIA FRONT VIEW

Tomica usually expresses the headlight part with silver paint.

The suggested retail price of Dream Tomica is from 600 yen, and the price is slightly higher than the ordinary Tomica of 450 yen.

For that reason, in this die cast miniature car toy, the clear resin is used for the headlight part like Tomica Premium.

In addition, the center part is printed with a light gray background and white letters of SILVIA, reproducing the front grill.

Also, on the right side of the hood, the yellow sticker of “Akina Speed Stars” is reproduced by printing.

 

The turn signal lamp of the bumper part is painted in orange, but the finish is pretty good.

In addition, in the license plate part of this miniature car toy, it is engraved with 3917 by the shape of die-casting.

It seems that this represents the mold number of the normal version Silvia (Tomica No.6) previously sold.

It is regrettable that it is painted with the same color of the body, but it is finished in a special feeling that is different from ordinary Tomica.

 

S13 NISSAN SILVIA SIDE VIEW

The body color of this miniature car toy reproduces the “Lime green two-tone” which was set for the actual S13 type Silvia.

Silvia of this body color appeared also in the commercial at the time of debut, and became popular.

The body color of S13 type Silvia which appears in “Initial D” was also set as “Lime green two-tone”.

 

Two-tone color is painted properly, and the accent part of the boundary is reproduced by black line painting.

The sticker on the door part cannot be read completely, but it has been reproduced precisely by printing.

Also, the yellow sticker of “Akina Speed Stars” is printed behind the door.

In actual S13 type Silvia, there was an emblem representing the grade name in front of the rear tire, but unfortunately this miniature car toy has not been reproduced.

 

Pseudo suspension which is familiar to sports cars of Tomica, is also set up to this model.

Also, some of Tomica have gimmicks such as opening doors and bonnets.

This die cast miniature car toy can open and close doors of both sides.

When opening the door you can see the interior.

It reproduces the functional cockpit of the actual S13 type Silvia at a moderate level.

 

S13 NISSAN SILVIA REAR VIEW

The body line of S13 type Silvia was very high completion, especially the rear style was beautiful.

Horizontal rear combination lamps were also beautiful, with back lamps and turn signal lamps at the upper row and stop lamps at the lower row.

Unfortunately, the rear combination lamp of this die cast miniature car toy is painted in red color only, but the finish is enough to recognize that it is a special car.

 

The NISSAN emblem under the left rear combination lamp and the SILVIA emblem in the center of the combination lamp are accurately reproduced by printing.

In addition, the S13 type Silvia had its own emblem that is the motif of S, at the rear trunk part.

Although this die cast miniature car toy cannot reproduce the design of the emblem, it expresses the whole color and shape by printing.

 

The rear spoiler and the rear license plate of 3917 are reproduced by the shape of die-casting.

Unlike ordinary Tomica, the scale size is not written in the package of Dream Tomica.

The actual total length of S13 type Silvia is 4470 mm, and the length of this miniature car toy is about 74 mm, so the scale size seems to be about 1/60.

S13 NISSAN SILVIA SCALE

 

 

 

【About actual NISSAN SILVIA】

 

Silvia is a 2-door sports car that Nissan Motor had sold from 1965 to 2002.

It was manufactured up to the 7th generation model.

Especially the 5th generation, S13 type Silvia boasted high popularity because it had combined a beautiful styling with the high sports performance by FR drive method.

 

 

◆ The 1st generation NISSAN SILVIA (CSP311 type) 1965-1968

 

The first generation Nissan Silvia was released in April 1965 as a commercial model of “Datsun Coupe 1500” that had been exhibited at the 11th Tokyo Motor Show.

It was a beautiful 2 door coupe designed with Crisp Cut and was equipped with a 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder engine.

However, it was not popular compared with the same Nissan sports car such as Skyline or Fairlady, and sales ended with the production of only 554 units.

 

 

◆ The 2nd generation NISSAN SILVIA (S10 type) 1975-1979

 

In 1975, seven years later the end of sales of the 1st generation, the 2nd generation model appeared as New Silvia.

The 2nd generation Silvia was a 2-door hard top designed with the awareness of the North American market, was equipped with a 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder engine.

In North America, it was sold as DATSUN 200 SX and was fitted with large bumpers (known as 5 mile bumper) conforming to the safety standards of North America at the front and the rear.

 

 

◆ The 3rd generation NISSAN SILVIA (S110 type) 1979-1983

 

In addition to the 2-door hard top, the 3rd generation Silvia, which was also prepared 3-door fastback, appeared in 1979.

At that time, Nissan had a sales channel called “Motor Shop”, and Nissan Gazelle was ready as the sister car of Silvia to sell at “Motor Shop”.

Also, S110 Silvia was sold in North America as DATSUN 200SX like the 2nd generation.

 

 

◆ The 4th generation NISSAN SILVIA (S12 type) 1979-1983

 

The 4th generation Silvia adopted a retractable headlight and was released in 1983.

CA18 type of 1.8-liter and FJ20E type of 2.0-liter are prepared for the engine, and models with turbo are also ready.

From this S12 type Silvia, the export models including the North American specification were sold as NISSAN 200SX.

 

 

◆ The 5th generation NISSAN SILVIA (S13 type) 1988-1993

 

In Japan in the early 1980s, Honda Prelude (the 2nd generation) boasted tremendous popularity as a dating car for young people.

It was the 5th generation Silvia that took away popularity quickly from such Prelude and became the No.1 dating car among young people.

The catch phrase of S13 type Silvia was “ART FORCE SILVIA”.

S13 type Silvia, which adopted a beautiful design consistent with catch phrase, received the 1988 Good Design Grand Award.

 

In addition, Toyota Corolla Levin and Sprinter Trueno (AE86 type), which were popular as the sports model of FR drive-method at that time, underwent the full model change in 1987 and became the FF drive-method (AE92 type).

Therefore, S13 type Silvia gained support from young people even as one of the few FR drive-method sports cars.

 

S13 type Silvia adopted a newly developed rear multi-link suspension, and was equipped with a 1.8-liter natural aspirated engine (CA18DE type) and a turbo engine (CA18DET type).

There are three types of grade, J’s, Q’s, K’s, and K’s was equipped with a turbo engine.

S13 type Silvia underwent the minor change in 1991, the engines were changed to a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine (SR20DE type) and a turbo engine (SR20DET type).

 

Nissan released 180SX, the sister car of Silvia in 1989.

180SX was a fastback coupe with a hatchback, adopting a retractable headlight.

The basic structure of engine, transmission, suspension, etc. were all common with S13 type Silvia.

180SX was also changed to a 2.0-liter engine at the minor change, but the car name remained 180SX.

 

S13 type Silvia was exported to the European market as NISSAN 200SX.

Meanwhile, in North America, 2.4-liter engine (KA24E type) was installed, and it was sold as NISSAN 240SX.

In order to comply with the law of North American head light position, the same retractable headlight as 180SX was adopted at the front of 240SX.

 

■ Specifications of Nissan S13 type Silvia (1988 turbo model)

[Overall length] 4,470 mm

[Overall width] 1,690 mm

[Overall height] 1,290 mm

[Transmission] 4 speed AT / 5 speed MT

[Vehicle weight] 1,120 kg (4 speed AT), 1,140 kg (5 speed MT)

[Driving method] FR

[Engine] 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder turbo (CA18DET type)

[Maximum power] 175 ps (129 kW) / 6,400 rpm

[Maximum torque] 23.0 kgfm (225.6 N · m) / 4,000 rpm

 

 

◆ The 6th generation NISSAN SILVIA (S14 type) 1993-1998

 

The 6th generation Silvia which diverted the S13 type platform was released in 1993.

It was equipped with the same 2.0-liter engine as the latter model of S13 type, but due to the improvement, SR20DET type turbo engine generated 220 horsepower.

However, as the body size was enlarged a little, S14 type Silvia could not gain popularity like S13 type.

S14 type Silvia was also exported, European specification was sold as 200SX, North America specification was sold as 240SX.

 

 

◆ The 7th generation NISSAN SILVIA (S15 type) 1999-2002

 

The 7th generation, S15 type Silvia was released in 1999.

The onboard engine was further improved, SR20DET type for MT cars generated 250 horsepower.

Furthermore, since the body size was made a little smaller than S14 type, S15 type Silvia recovered the popularity.

However, while R34 type Skyline GT-R and FD3S type RX-7 etc. disappeared due to the slump of sports cars and regulations of exhaust gas in Japan, production of S15 type Silvia also ended in 2002.