Count Albrecht Graf Goertz contributed to the design of some of the world’s most famous cars including the Porsche 911, the BMW 507 and Studebaker Starliner. When Nissan hired Goertz to take over the Silvia project, he dropped the amalgamation of ideas within the group and created a single entity that fit his vision. Not surprisingly, the Silvia’s design reflects his trademark features such as a long hood, large wheel wells, and delicate accents. The limited production of 554 models were hand built and only 59 made it into the United States. Underneath, the Silvia was based on the Datsun 1500 Roadster (Fairlady in Japan). At large the Silvia never succeeded as a big seller but it did pave the way for the later Datsun Z cars that changed the way Japanese cars were perceived all together.