1971 Datsun 240Z
Historical info stolen from Al Gore's internet:
"In October 1969 the 240Z was introduced to the American market for the 1970 model year by Yutaka Katayama, president of Nissan Motors USA operations, widely known as Mr. K. The 1970 through the mid-1971 model year 240Z was referred to as the Series I. These early cars had many subtle but notable features differing from later cars. The most easily visible difference is that these early cars had a chrome "240Z" badge on the sail pillar, and two horizontal vents in the rear hatch below the glass molding providing flow through ventilation. After mid-1971, for the Series II 240Z cars, the sail pillar emblems were restyled with just the letter "Z" placed in a circular vented emblem, and the vents were eliminated from the hatch panel of the car. Design changes for the U.S. model 240Z occurred throughout production, including interior modifications for the 1972 model year, and a change in the location of the bumper over-riders, as well as the addition of emission control devices and the adoption of a new style of emissions reducing (and performance compromising) carburetors for the 1973 model year.
In 2004, Sports Car International named the 240Z number two on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1970s. One of the most appealing Japanese cars ever produced, it nevertheless disappeared almost entirely from American roads within two decades, presumably because like most Japanese cars of the time it had insurmountable rust issues."
So yeah, what they said- and beyond that, as a child of the 1970's I have been infatuated by the 240Z since I was a kid. You can imagine my delight when I found this absolute time capsule level, unrestored, untouched, 100% original Series 1 car recently. The photos do not do this car justice. It simply glistens in its flawless, factory applied original paint. Even the underbody has never seen undercoating and is shiny original code 905 red paint- something I have never seen on another Z car. Fitted with the three most popular period accessories, namely the twin-tip Monza muffler, clear headlight covers, and Ansen Sprint mag wheels by the selling dealer when new this car is 1971 all over again. Obviously, being a Japanese car (and one cared for like this one has been since new) it is as tight as a drum and reminds everyone who drives it just why the 240Z caused such a sensation when they were introduced.
Whoever originally muttered "patience is a virtue" was right. I've looked for an early Z off and on since I was a teenager. So after all these decades it feels great to finally have found the right Z at a time when I could actually do something about it!
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