/ 7 Oct 2014
My friend called me, saying “You have to buy this car.” We drove about two hours up the road at 9pm. When I first saw it, I liked the uniqueness of the color and the fact that it was a first-year 240Z. The guy I bought it from was actually the original owner. The Datsun had 69,000 miles and was bone stock, I've done everything to this car minus painting it.
/ 12 Sep 2014
Before the 600hp monster that is the Nissan GT-R NISMO, the R32, the Hakosuka, even before Nissan and Prince merged, came the Prince Skyline in 1957. It sported a lowly 1.5L 60hp engine and looked to all the world like a slimmed-down General Motors knock-off. But in spite of its derivative appearance it showcased Japanese manufacturing prowess to the world...
/ 7 Aug 2014
After the car was completed, the first event I attended was the Malaysian F1 Drivers Parade in March 2008. My car was assigned to chauffeur World Champion Fernando Alonso around the circuit! It was an amazing moment for me as an F1 fan and I was very nervous to drive the Sepang circuit with a double World Champion in my car...
By / 10 Jul 2014
People who love cars and winter weather are typically well-served by not combining them. The salt applied to roads during the cold months has a tendency to ravage cars. According to the listing, this 1983 Datsun 280ZX Turbo's owner has made sure not to mix that pair of pleasures.
/ 20 Jun 2014
As shocking as it might be to my fellow Americans, we don't hold a patent on the national auto racing series. And similar to NASCAR, Japan's JTCC has been running in different iterations since the late 1960s (yes, we know NASCAR is older). Back then the series was virtually dominated by the C10 Skyline GT-Rs...
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Everyone knows the Datsun 240Z. However, for many, according to Mr. Brian Rabold, Hagerty’s Valuation Services Senior Manager, the Z “redefined what an affordable sports car could be, and in some ways helped seal the fate of British sports cars in the US. And while nice 240Zs could be found anywhere for less than $10,000 for years, astute buyers have long since recognized their value and it's now difficult to find a high-quality example for four figures.”
By / 9 Apr 2014
We recently discovered this poster that was inspired by one of our videos and wanted to share it with you. The designer, Martin Miškolci, has some other pretty cool posters worth looking at and available for purchase.
/ 8 Apr 2014
The funny thing is that I was actually completely set on buying a Datsun 510 and had been looking around for the perfect one for close to a year. My father cut out an ad in the local newspaper (I know right, not craigslist?) and advertising this 1000. I did a little research and knew it was something special, it had spent half its life in Steveston (about five minutes away from me).
By / 8 Apr 2014
There are folks in this world who will parrot “there isn’t such thing as a collectible Japanese car” but that's usually a strong litmus test for determining who knows cars and who is talking out of their shiri. How could one not include the Datsun 240Z?
The average American driver puts 13,500 miles per year on their car. Mr. Scott Fisher of Las Vegas, Nevada, added that many to the odometer of his 1967 Datsun Roadster in just the first three months of a recently-completed road trip that ultimately took him to forty-eight U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces. By the time Scott pulled into his garage in Las Vegas for the first time in eight months, he had covered 37,850 miles of the North American countryside.
/ 27 Jan 2014
By the time Detroit noticed Japan, it was too late. Since the late 1950s, the Big Three had ignored the few Japanese vehicles on American soil, dismissing the early Datsun PL210s and Toyopet Crowns as the sales disasters they were, failing to recognize the upstarts' potential. With the benefit of hindsight, then, what car — or cars — should have made Detroit uneasy about the Japanese competition?