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This is a new experience for an old 240Z owner. I owned my first 240Z from August 1971, when purchased new, but sold in 1976. I have owned the current 240Z since November, 2003. It is a 1973 purchased new from Nissan in Japan in August 1973 by an Australian working in Japan. It was shipped to Australia in 1974 and owned by that person until 2003. The material that the original owner had included the original Estimate, Purchase Order, Sales Note and Receipts from the Nissan Motor Co., in Tokyo. Every conceivable document since then has been retained.

The 1973 240Z is a blue Fairlady, in very original condition. It has the original windscreen, with factory "stamps" on side windows - as they would have been when delivered.

I tried to attach photos of the two Z cars, but not successful.

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Hi Jack and welcome to the site.

Always great to hear of someone who had a Zed coming back to the fold - how many times have I had someone say to me that they are a former Zed owner and wish they still had their car.

Not too many people would be able to say they purchased a 30+ year old car and have ALL of the supporting paperwork. Sounds like a rare machine in more ways than one. Tell us a little more about its condition and #'s etc.

Where are you situated in Australia - Zed owners can be a little isolated over here and it is good to be able to connect with someone who lives in the immediate vicinity.

All the best

Dave

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Welcome to the Club, I'm sure you'll enjoy yourself here!

When I first signed up, I too had problems uploading. The problem I had all was resolved when I scaled down the image file size. I've not had a problem since. Maybe that will help.

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Sounds like you have a unique one there, not only because it is a home-market car. Yes, please tell us whereabouts you are in Aus and also would love to see those pictures. If you can't work out the attachment process you can email them to me ( alfadog at bigpond dot net dot au ['at' is '@' and 'dot' is '.'] ) and I'll put them up in this topic for you.

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Thanks for the welcome Dave and David.

Hopefully the smaller file size has meant I have attached the photos this time. The orange car is the 1971 original and the 1973 is the one I now own. If you look closely you will see that the registration plate (New South Wales Australia) is the same on both cars - BBQ-240. This was obviously the plate fitted to the 1971 car when new, and all that I could "find" of it when I purchased the 1973!!

The 1973 car is a Datsun Fairlady 240Z-L; Model HS30: Chassis No.: HS30-103407. Engine No.: L24185588.

I live in North-West New South Wales.

Regards, Jack

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Those are beautiful, glad you were able to get them posted. Now, if you go to the USER CP section, you can go about loading photos into your personal gallery, and load a photo to use as your Avatar. I'm sure everyone here would like to see all that documentation, and your photo gallery is the place to show them, and preserve them for posterity...

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Woooaoowww! That's incredible! The '71 looks amazing (wonder how it looks now?), and your Fairlady 240Z is impeccable. I would love to see that car some day. That's a real beauty. Very few good S30Z's are still in original condition in Australia... Wow, ok, I can't get over that car. Would love to see more pictures.

P.S. Technically your blue car is a Nissan Fairlady 240Z-L, not Datsun. But I'm sure you know this!

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Hullo Alfadog

I tried attaching some of the documents relating to our blue 1973 240Z. Nissan repeatedly refers to the vehicle as a Datsun Fairlady 240Z in these documents. Unfortunately the scanned documents were too big to attach. I will try again another time.

Regards

Jack

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...snipped.....

P.S. Technically your blue car is a Nissan Fairlady 240Z-L, not Datsun. But I'm sure you know this!

Hi Alfadog:

I'm not sure that is technically the case... It is quite possible that the original purchaser, knew he was going to send the car home to Australia - and did indeed purchase an Export compliant "DATSUN" 240-Z. Many US Servicemen did the same..

According to the info that Alan supplied some time ago - VIN's were in the same series for the Export and Domestic 240-Z's (HS series) - but each were within known blocks. The JDM Nissan Fairlady 240-Z VIN's stopped at HS30 103262.

Very interesting car...

FWIW,

Carl B.

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Sorry, missed the north west NSW somehow.

Seeing as though you have all the original docs, what's the paint code on

that? Looks like what mine is supposed to be and as am halfway through being ready for respray still deciding if going this original colour or that nice metallic blue you see on a lot of mazda 6's and the sp23's

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Welcome to the fold. That's a beautiful car! I have to say that I am very jealous of those OEM headlight covers. Man what I would do to get my hands on a set of those.........:love: :love: :love:

Ditto for me on the headlight covers -- found one, now need one for the driver's side. Great looking car -- welcome to the club.:laugh:

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Maddos, the colour code for the Blue 240Z is "Blue Metallic #115". The paint is not totally original, as the owner had a slight incident in 1996 (all recorded - 4:45PM June 20!!). However, it is very good. There is no rust anywhere in the car as it has spent most of it's life in inland Australia.

Zedevan, you picked it right for the mirrors on the 1971 car! Two things I did not like back then - the mirrors and the tyres. Both went! I replaced the mirrors with side marker/blinker lights to cover the holes - no change to the body or paintwork. The mirrors are not much fun to use, but of course that is how they were then, so they will stay on the blue Z.

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Hi Jack,

and welcome! Funny thing those mirrors and their position. Before I took possession of the Skyline I swore they were going to be the first thing to go...but after driving the car from the previous owner in Melbourne to Sydney I discovered how well they worked. Both viewable through the screen and both being convex the images weren't hard to see at all. I'm used to the look of them now, they've actually grown on me. An important piece of the whole "look" of genuine Japanese market I s'pose!

Jim.

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HI Jack,

Great looking Zed, definately a fine example of a late production HS30 Congratulations on your efforts at record keeping.

Do you have the factory tinted "blue" Glass, what other factory options do you have at a guess ? maybe blue interior with woodgrain inserts.

How far out west are you I am in Newcastle and regularly travel up into South QLD Via WARRICK.

all the best.

Steve

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I find the picture which Jack posted earlier in this thread of his original 1971 240-Z very interesting in relation to my posting thread some time ago now regarding the fitment of external rear view mirrors to the 'Australian' market 240-Z cars (note the quotes around Australian).

This one seems to have some kind of 'mirror delete' grommets fitted to the front fenders or wings. I am hoping that Jack has some time to post some information in regards to these.

I also live the white walls on this car.

Thanks for posting this pic Jack and if you have some time I would like to hear more in regards to the mirror deletes.

Joseph

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This one seems to have some kind of 'mirror delete' grommets fitted to the front fenders or wings. I am hoping that Jack has some time to post some information in regards to these
Zedevan, you picked it right for the mirrors on the 1971 car! Two things I did not like back then - the mirrors and the tyres. Both went! I replaced the mirrors with side marker/blinker lights to cover the holes - no change to the body or paintwork. The mirrors are not much fun to use, but of course that is how they were then, so they will stay on the blue Z

however i dont see a normal mirror fitted to the car??? did you just drive around without them? :D please tell me you have the orginal mirrors in a box and are willing to sell them to me?!

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Hullo Joseph (240 in OZ). The original 240Z I owned was Model: HS30U; Chassis HS30-00741; Engine No.: L24031211. It was delivered to me on August 12, 1971. Colour was "918" orange. The original brochure that I received when ordering the car had NO fender mounted mirrors, but certainly the car was delivered with them. I did keep the mirrors and other parts and documents for many years, but seemed to have lost them with a house move in 1995. Needless to say I have been a "bit" annoyed about that!!

I drove that car without external mirrors until sold in July, 1976. I did not have any problems, but it is very different to our current cars with reversing camers, tilting mirrors for reverse, demisting, dimming, etc etc!!

Unfortunately that car has no doubt long gone. I was able to obtain the original Registration plates though - BBQ-240. That plate was fitted when I went to pick it up frpm the Dealer. He was genuinely surprised that I thought that was a terrific coincidence!

For the Aussie viewers, you may be surprised to Know I paid $4,730.75 including Registration for the 240Z in 1971.

Regards, Jack

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