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    Buying Guide Nissan 200SX S13 & S14

    Posted in Cars on Sunday, 29 December 2019

    Nissan 200SX S13 & S14 - you don’t have to be a drift king or queen, but it probably helps

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    1.2-litre A12-engined Datsun Sunny Pickup B120 series pimped JDM cruiser

    Posted in Cars on Sunday, 19 August 2018

    Datsun Sunny Pickup One of the cleanest pickups around. In more ways than one. The last two Meguiar’s promo vehicles were American Fords. This one… well, it isn’t. It’s a pimped JDM cruiser with a flawless finish and style for days – but just what the hell is it?

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    Daniel Bevis
    Daniel Bevis created a new group Nissan Datsun Sunny Truck B120 series
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    Russ Smith’s market headliners ‘They’re the things you might expect on a car bought from auction in Japan and being sold on in the USA as a quick lip’ #Nissan-Fairlady-240ZG / #Nissan-240ZG / #Nissan-240Z / #Datsun-240Z / #Datsun / #Nissan / #Nissan-homologation / #Datsun-240ZG / #Datsun-240

    Nissan’s homologation hero… Japan-only #Fairlady 240ZG to be offered by RM in Monterey

    Something of a mystical beast because they were only officially sold in Japan (though we believe three now live in the UK), the Nissan-Fairlady-240ZG was created to homologate aerodynamic parts for GT and Group 4 racing. They are rarely seen on the world market so we asked Datsun Z-car expert Alan Thomas for his take on the no reserve offering from RM Sotheby’s at Monterey on August 24, during the Pebble Beach week.

    ‘Nissan initially built 500 240ZGs to satisfy the homologation, but they sold so well that more than 1000 were eventually made. Good, genuine and original HS30-H model 240ZGs command a premium in Japan and they are currently changing hands privately for well over £60k [I know of a lovely example that sold for over £71,000 last year] but they must be genuine. The main proof for this is in the documentation for the car – the original Japanese papers state the extra length and width, as well as the different internal factory coding – but good provenance is also important because there are occasional fakes. The body style itself is easily replicated, and there are many tribute cars on Japanese roads.

    ‘Furthermore, it’s important to note that Japanese market models never had the word ‘Datsun’ anywhere on them when they left the factory. They were, proudly, Nissan product through and through. There’s no such thing as a ‘ #Datsun-240ZG ’ – despite Tamiya’s 1⁄12th scale model of that name.

    ‘This particular example does not appear to be top level, with the bonnet extension panel suffering from sagging – the sun and heat in Japan will do this – and misalignment. That’s fairly easily fixed, so I don’t know why it hasn’t been done. Or rather I probably do. They’re the things you might expect on a car bought from auction in Japan and being sold on in the USA as a quick lip after a bit of hype. From what I see in the photos it’s also not very original – non-original but period-style wheels and rear strut brace among other things. I’d say that it would be a £35k-ish car in Japan.’

    In the glossy press photos this appears to be a tempting opportunity to acquire one of the most sought-after #Z-cars – but there are a few factors that raise one expert’s eyebrows.
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    Modified Datsun 240Z L28-engined P90 turbo 220bhp

    Posted in Cars on Tuesday, 17 July 2018

    Retro Revival. Serial modifier rescues a Datsun 240Z from the scrap heap. Retro Serial modifier Steve Grove has been at it again, only this time he’s turned his hand to rescuing a seventies icon. Words & Pics: Dan Sherwood.

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    Charles Barter’s Datsun 240Z

    Posted in Cars on Friday, 29 June 2018

    Man and Machine Samuri still rattles a sabre Datsun has lost its tuning bits but wins championships. Words and photography Paul Hardiman.

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