2/5/18 1:33 p.m.

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Reaching beyond age, race, color and gender, our shared love for all things with wheels melds auto enthusiasts into a sort of extended family unified by common beginnings. When a bunch of motorheads descend upon a vacant parking lot for a Saturday morning Cars & Coffee, it doesn’t take too long before those origin stories begin to arise. While the details will vary, most of these tales begin with a single, significant vehicle that ignited the passion.

Nissan product planner Jonathan Buhler found that spark in his father’s beloved 1973 Datsun 240Z. Jonathan’s father, Edward, purchased the Datsun from the original owner in 1979 for use as a daily driver while he was stationed at Naval Construction Battalion Center Port Hueneme in Oxnard, California. For his son, the stories of Edward driving around Southern California in the Z, dressed in a Navy uniform and with the sun shining through the aftermarket sunroof, rivaled any of the superhero cartoons that filled the imaginations of his grade school buddies.

Jonathan’s parents would meet and marry, all while his dad continued to accumulate miles on the Datsun’s five-digit odometer. In 1984 they would pack up the tiny hatchback and move to Atlanta.

When Jonathan arrived on the scene in 1990, his dad was still using the 240Z as his primary vehicle. However, as bulletproof as Nissan’s design was, without continual driving and maintenance, relying on an aging Z-car can become a bit of a crapshoot. The Datsun was parked in a garage in 1998.

It would lie dormant for seven years.

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TheV8Kid HalfDork
2/5/18 1:55 p.m.

Beautiful car!

racerdave600 UltraDork
2/5/18 5:07 p.m.

Nice car, even cooler story!  I wish I had my dad's 240Z that he bought new.

OldGray320i Dork
2/5/18 6:35 p.m.

That makes me miss my Z-cars an awful lot... 

Rodan Reader
2/6/18 6:50 a.m.

Beautiful Z! yes

I had a 240 and 280 'back in the day'... great cars.  One more on the list of cars I'd love to build again!

te72 New Reader
2/6/18 11:08 p.m.

Wait! The solution to Nissan's "what do we do as a successor to the 370?" question is right here in front of our eyes! Make more 240Z's...

Rodan Reader
2/7/18 5:41 a.m.
te72 said:

Wait! The solution to Nissan's "what do we do as a successor to the 370?" question is right here in front of our eyes! Make more 240Z's...

Didn't they do that a few years ago?

Hungary Bill
Hungary Bill UberDork
2/7/18 7:25 a.m.

I owned a '71 240 once.  A little cash and a whole lot of dreams.  Unfortunately my eyes were bigger than my toolbox and wallet at the time and she ended up leaving my garage on a flatbed.  crying

Man, if I owned that car now...

Karacticus HalfDork
2/7/18 8:23 a.m.

Friend/co-worker’s ‘78 280 with my Z(4). 

It was fun lining them up side by side. The 280 was longer (stupid US bumpers) but had a shorter wheelbase and narrower track. 

Also, when did rain gutters on cars go away?

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