I love most all cars, but I have strong feelings towards Japanese nostalgic classic cars. There are just so many, from classic Toyota Celicas, Mazda rotaries and Datsun dimes to Mitsubishi GTO’s and Honda S500’s. Unfortunately, many of the kids nowadays don’t know about classic Japanese cars past the Toyota Corolla (AE86). That is, unless they’ve been playing Wangan Midnight on their Playstations and Xboxes.
The Datsun/Nissan S30 240Z was Nissan’s very first affordable sports coupe available to the public masses back in the early 70’s. With it’s timeless styling, punchy inline 6 cylinder motor, and it’s very trackable suspension, it was easy to see why these cars were so popular. These cars have an almost cult-like following, and is not just limited to Japan, but all over the world.
The great thing about these classic cars is that there are so many different ways to modify them. Drag Z’s with huge american muscle, track Z’s with fiberglass bodies, 2JZGTE/RB26DETT wangan special Z’s are all not hard to find. A Z forum that I lurk on, forums.HybridZ.org, is a great resource to find all things Z.
Another thing I love about Z’s is how great they look when slightly modified. I’ve always believed that the nicer the car looks stock, the less it takes to make it really stand out. Classic modifications are ZG fender flares, fender mounted mirrors and flush bumpers.
The engine bays originally housed a straight 6 motor, which leaves many enthusiasts different options on motors to drop in if they didn’t want the L-series motor to power their S30. Many of these enthusiasts choose to stick with Nissan motors, so it’s not uncommon to see RB26DETT engines from Skyline GTR’s nestled between the front bumper and dashboard.
If you’ve been following the Wangan Midnight Manga, then you know that Japan is releasing a new live action movie soon. The star of the show is of course, our beloved Z. I for one cannot wait to see this movie (even if I don’t understand it). Here’s the trailer:
As I’ve said before, I’m a sucker for classic japanese cars, and you will see them posted here on MaydayGarage.com in the future, and if there’s any particular classic car you’d like to see, hit me at TurboFC3C@MaydayGarage.com or follow me on twitter @MaydayDavidD
Most of these images are from HybridZ, but if you’d like to see some other interesting Z’s try clicking HERE.