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  1. Exactly. They are selling a 'project' where the customer pays in stages for a restoration where they get to call some of the spec details to their choice. Like a kind of 'bespoke' build.
  2. Forgot to say, they look great. Lovely refurb job.
  3. Ah OK, got it now. I've seen the Zama car in person. It has the 'ordinary' Datsun Bucket seats, without the rarer 'wings' seen on yours. I'm told the 'winged' version dated from around 1975/6, and because the Works drivers were always complaining about lack of shoulder support as the cars got faster. In fact, they complained about seats full-stop. I think this only improved in the 1980s when NISMO started making much better sports and race-dedicated seats, but rules started specifying safety tested and fire-resistant race seats by that time anyway and they were using German brands such as Konig and Recaro. How those guys drove a whole East African Safari Rally in '70, '71 and '73 sitting on the Ikeda Bussan seats (and won!) I'll never know. Mehta was about the right size but Herrmann and Schuller were big guys from German stock. Can't have been comfy.
  4. Couldn't see the 'wings' in your first photo. Very nice! Have they been refurbished? Condition looks amazingly good for their age.
  5. That's the very rare variant (a few of Works-built Nissan Racing School cars only) with the shoulder 'wings'. Not sold to the general public.
  6. I Japan they've always been known as the 'Datsun Bucket' seats. They made them for a long time (pretty much late Sixties through to early Eighties, and then a re-pop in leather for the NISMO 10th Anniversary) so there's a lot of subtle variation in details, especially noticeable in vinyl textures and head rest shape. They were also know in Japan by their Sports Option part number suffix 'U0175'.
  7. Some of my Japanese friends have been talking about the work going on here, and scratching their heads in wonder. They appear to be in their own little bubble, and are not even using panels and repair sections that are currently available in Japan, let alone elsewhere. In an early episode they used some Tabco parts which were all over the place, so maybe that put them off...?
  8. Yes. It was originally built around the middle of 1973 as an 'HLS30' prefixed LHD 240Z works rally car in a small batch which included two that were 'new' for the 1973 RAC Rally (one of which still exists). It was a brand new car when Fall & Halloran used it for the '73 Southern Cross in October. I should imagine it was given the '260Z' style rear lights and trims to make it look more current (this happened elsewhere too) and then a while later it got, er, slightly crumpled...
  9. Just the tail lamps and trims at that stage, I believe? Next stage - due to damage obvious in the photo - was a "re-shell"* *No such thing as a "re-shell" on these cars of course.
  10. It says 'Austo' ('Oh Su Toh' = Australia) and what looks like 'vol' on the end. Australian wavebands version? Automatic Australian Vol Control? (goes up to 11 when The Easybeats and The Hoodoo Gurus come on, but back to 0 for Kylie & Jason?).
  11. First person seen in the video is my good friend Mr Hideki Matsui of NP35, who refurbed my KPGC10. He's ex Nissan Prince Tokyo Sports Corner, ex-NISMO, now independent but still closely linked to NISMO. He is local to Mount Asama, and this event is almost in his back yard. It's good that Nissan and NISMO still use this car occasionally, but in order to do so - and partly for public liability reasons - they had to make some changes to the car. It's a shame, but I guess inevitable. I preferred it as-was, but there you go...
  12. At this point I think it best to refer you to the book I was talking about. Chief Engineer Hitoshi Uemura tells us how the '270KK'/'Maru Z'/S30-series Z project was conceived, planned and put into action. From the very beginning both domestic and export, RHD and LHD versions were part of the plan. Why do some people want to resist this as being fact? Yes they targeted the USA for profitable volume sales, but that fact does NOT trump all other concerns.
  13. The 'Safari Tribute' car has apparently been at The Z Car Garage and is in the process of becoming less of a 'tribute' and more something else (I don't dare say 'replica') which is kind of ironic considering all the "it was never claimed to be a replica" type protestations. Here's a photo that has been posted of the new rear bumper bounce steps and exhaust system. Looks like the bump steps are pretty accurate 'tributes', but the exhaust hangers seem to have grown longer like Pinocchio's nose. What happened there? Contrast with my photo of the original car's hangers:
  14. But this is a perfect example of their USA-centric way of thinking. They don't really consider anything outside their own bubble. Tell them that 'PS30-00019', 'S30-00019' and 'HS30-00019' have just as much right to be called '#19' as 'HLS30-00019' and they'll probably tell you 'that's different'... In many cases they simply don't even realise what they are saying.
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