We all have something old, something worn that's been with us forever and we don't want to let go of, perhaps it's an old pair of jeans, or an old pair of shoes that have served us forever. They are comfortable, familiar and they have history to share. That history contains memories, my father would hate buying new shoes because they looked too clean in his opinion, he would deliberately go out of his way to make them a bit grubby by placing football with me on a muddy field, that way nobody would know he just bought them.
Our latest featured member car on the site will be no stranger to many, having watched this car take shape over the last couple of years via Stivva's build thread in our forums. We now get to see the car as it's taken shape and the finished look is absolutely stunning.
The retro wheels are quirky but at the same time cool very cool - even if they are somewhat pink. The flares and gunmetal paint definitely give the car a good mix of old and new school. Making this car a real head turner.
This month we bring you Warren Gilbert's labour of love, a car owned by him for the past 20 years and having seen several iterations of the build. Warren still has no plans to sell his lovely car though and continues to enjoy owning it. As Warren says they just get into your blood, something all of us long term Z owners understand.
Warren's also happy to answer any questions for those embarking on a similar build. So if you're planning an RB swap you know who to contact.
You have probably heard the expression “clean enough to eat off”, and Jared’s 240z is exactly that. It’s not often you come across a build that makes your jaw hit the floor in absolute awe but that’s what happened when I first gazed upon photos of this 240z. The 70’s lime green really says something - not just about the car or owner but the approach to the build itself.
We are excited to present what could be a world first, a 1973 Datsun 240z with a very unique engine plant, the A 20B rotary engine. The triple rotor engine was found in the Mazda Cosmo which was only available officially to the Japanese market. Often considered the holy grail for rotary engine enthusiasts the 20B rotary is known for its smooth operation and amazing power delivery from a quoted and often debated capacity of 2.0ltr. Hence the name 20B.
Here is something you certainly wouldn't see everyday on Aussie roads. A Datsun 280zx with a twist. This rare by Australian standards 280zx only has 2 seats. Never officially sold in Australia in this configuration the 280zx features a different roofline, which some would argue gives the ZX a sexier shape.
Considering the age of the Z (nearly 30 years old) it looks surprisingly modern, something very few models of the same vintage can claim.
Possibly the most well known Z in the club and certainly the most viewed in our member gallery, belongs to Sulio. Known by his online alias of Toecutter. Sulio is obviously a fan of the Mad Max films, and as you can see from his 1974 260z 2 seater he is also a fan of the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) look when it comes to this S30 series Z.
Perhaps long overdue, we bring you the detailed story of how Sulio got involved with this cool looking 2 seater and more importantly how he also helped form our online club.
Words from Sulio
I've actually lost track of how long Auszcar has been running, I do however remember our first official meeting back in the summer of 2004.
This would be the first time I met Warren John Halliday. A silver 240z had turned up and a tall fella got out and introduced himself quietly as Warren. We all moved from car to car opening bonnets and checking out interiors. Warren was quietly inquisitive, keen to see what the other members of our small but eager group had driven to the meet in.