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Why the Datsun 240Z Is Collectable

Why the Datsun 240Z Is Collectable

By Petrolicious Productions / 21 Apr 2014 / 1 Comment Read More

The Collector is a weekly series produced in association with Gear Patrol.
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.”

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This Classic Datsun Found Its Owner

This Classic Datsun Found Its Owner

By Petrolicious Productions / 8 Apr 2014
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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).

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This Datsun Traveled 37,000 miles on a North American Road Trip

This Datsun Traveled 37,000 miles on a North American Road Trip

By Petrolicious Productions / 11 Mar 2014 / 15 Comments Read More

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.

What Car Announced Japan's Arrival?

What Car Announced Japan's Arrival?

By Aaron McKenzie / 27 Jan 2014
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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?

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Owner Tours USA on His Datsun Roadster Road Trip

Owner Tours USA on His Datsun Roadster Road Trip

By Petrolicious Productions / 7 Jan 2014
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Scott Fisher, from Las Vegas, Nevada, is currently on an extended road trip around the US in his 1967 Datsun Roadster 1600 as a cathartic intermission in his life between selling his business in March and starting whatever's next. Being intrigued and envious, we interviewed him to find out some more details about this exciting opportunity he's created for himself.

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What Car Would You Like to See as a Restomod?

What Car Would You Like to See as a Restomod?

By Petrolicious Productions / 11 Nov 2013
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The boundaries of restoring a car has pushed beyond its conventional borders. This blurry line between iconic styling and modern technology has revived cars from the grave and, in some cases, made them better than their modern heirs. So which car is next to get the restomod treatment?

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Father & Son Datsun 240Zs: 1970 & 1973

Father & Son Datsun 240Zs: 1970 & 1973

By Petrolicious Productions / 10 Oct 2013
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Father-and-son projects are a cherished part of the collector car hobby. In the case of Ollie and his father of Kent, England, they have chosen the same platform but have opted for slightly different preservation classes. Bare-bones or fully restored—for the Streek family, both are worthy of praise.

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What Attainable Classic Car Should Be Worth More?

What Attainable Classic Car Should Be Worth More?

By Ezekiel Wheeler / 9 Oct 2013
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We all aspire to own a supercar or prestigious classic someday, but most will find a classic daily driver to give them enough of that driver’s experience they’ve been looking for. Performance, heritage, and design are all key factors when choosing the right classic car, and there are some on the market priced too well to pass up. Which one does it for you?

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Dare to Be Different in a Datsun 240Z

Dare to Be Different in a Datsun 240Z

By Petrolicious Productions / 8 Oct 2013 / 30 Comments Read More

Owner, Dave Scholz, shares his connection with a Japanese cult classic that could easily be regarded as the 911 of Japan. Its iconic beauty, modular mechanics, and desirability inspired Dave to heed to Datsun’s famous racing campaign of the ‘70s, “Dare to be different.” American heads were spinning when the 1970s ultimately snuffed out their beloved horsepower-drunk muscle cars. As the world watched them squirm for performance, Japan was busy developing the 240Z to bring a new thrill to American roads using balance, harmony, and technology.