YAMAHA A550X (JAPAN, 1964)



Contradictions from the Far East

In 1964, Nissan planned to realize a sports car, which was eventually produced in series under the designation Fairlady Z aka 240Z.


During the development stage, the sports car bore the internal designation A550X. The specifications were clear from the beginning - The car was supposed to feature a monocoque chassis, four disc brakes, pop-up headlamps and a hatchback. Nissan was looking for a suitable engine for its future sports car and here came Yamaha, which was just developing a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 120 hp, into play.


In the course of this stroke of luck Yamaha saw the opportunity to prove that they were capable of setting a running prototype on its wheels in a short space of time. In the very same year (1964) the engineers of Yamaha finished a running car that featured all the required specifications of Nissan. But in the course of the year more and more disagreements arose and the cooperation was ended at the end of 1964.


The willingness of Yamaha to gain access to the market of automobiles was still strong. Although the project A550X came to nothing, the management of Yamaha was still confident of its capabilities to develop a whole car from the concept stage to series production readiness.


In search of another partner, Yamaha quickly signed with Toyota. As early as 1965 the agreement of both companies was ready for signoff. Once again Yamaha rose to the task and thus the prototype of the later, series produced Toyota 2000GT!




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