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Monday, January 8, 2018

Datsun 240Z - In LEGO

My very first girlfriend was Bryndis--she said her name was Icelandic for "child of war" (you know nothing, Andrew Joseph), whose family had a thing for collecting old Datsun 240Z and 260Z cars.... a car now in 2017 known as a 370Z.

There... in the field of their rural home about 200 kilometers east of Toronto, they had many of th cars just sitting there in the grass awaiting their chance at restoration - which her father did in his spare time.

I found this image above on Pintrest, HERE, a LEGO creation built from scratch by _Tiler.

The car, known initially as the Nissan S30, was first introduced in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z, and in North American markets as the Datsun 240Z.

The company name of Nissan Motors, Ltd. was deemed back then to be too difficult for North American audiences to wrap their tongue around, and so they created the friendlier "Datsun" moniker for a number of decades before eventually switching to "Nissan" in and around 1980... I'm guessing at that date only because my dad bought a Nissan Stanza in 1981.

The 240Z was the first-generation of the Z GT two-seat sport coupes, and was one of the most successful sport cars ever produced... though I recall from Bryndis (you know nothing, Andrew Joseph) that the cars did suffer from poor heating and electrical... things you don't need in Canada where it's a bit cooler on average than Japan.

The car was designed by Nissan's Sports Car Styling Studio head Matsuo Yoshihiko (surname first), and resembled the Porsche cars of that era. 

While the LEGO model is nice, if it was to be a replica(r) of the 1969 model, the exterior side mirrors should be placed waaaaay up on the front sides. Ugh... imagine trying to peek at those? At least one did not have to turn one's head, unlike the car and Bryndis which turned quite a few.

Andrew "still knows nothing" Joseph

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