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I was at a friend's house in Chardon, Ohio around 1973. An acquitance of his pulled up in a Orange 71 240Z. I had been ogling them for awhile and he asked me if I wanted to drive it. I said sure. He wanted to show me the ropes, so to speak, and we left for a short ride. It had been raining earlier and the roads were damp. Two lane blacktop. We were tooling down the road and came upon a young kid riding a motorized scooter. The kid was in the left lane going in the same direction we were. The driver was coming up to pass and tooted the horn to warn the kid. Just as we were about to pass the kid swerved in front of us and the driver cut hard to the right to avoid hitting him. We drove into a drainage ditch, slid into a driveway embankment and roller the car over once. No injuries but the car was totaled. I bought my first Z shortly after that and have had at least one ever since.

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I read the road test of the 240Z in the April 1970 issue of Road&Track magazine and recongized the car as a great value. Then, in 1971 I visited my brother down in Miami and he pulls up in a blue 1970 Z - so that was my first ride. Between the article and that ride, I said to myself: I should get one of these someday...

Bought mine in September 1972.

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I was born in June, 1971 (a month after my current Z was manufactured). I knew immediately it was my destiny to have a Z...:love:

Actually, it was 1988 and I was living in Ottawa. A buddy from my part-time job bought a '72 240Z in Montreal and needed someone to drive it back as he didn't know how to drive stick yet (my luck). An awesome 2 hr run on highway 417. The growl the car had in second gear stuck with me and I was hooked...:D

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I bought one in Jan 70. It was the first, and only, new car I've ever owned. Wish I'd kept it, I'd be a member of the low VIN club.

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I bought one in Jan 70. It was the first, and only, new car I've ever owned. Wish I'd kept it, I'd be a member of the low VIN club.

how low a # was it?

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HLS30-00488. So far it's not accounted for on any of the Z registers I've looked at.

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I bought one in Jan 70. It was the first, and only, new car I've ever owned. Wish I'd kept it, I'd be a member of the low VIN club.
how low a # was it?
HLS30-00488. So far it's not accounted for on any of the Z registers I've looked at.

Man, that would be a find for you :classic:

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Man, that would be a find for you :classic:

I'm not looking to find it. What kind of condition would it be in today? I actually traded that car in for a 72 less than two years later. Datsun gave me what I paid for it! I guess they knew something back then. Looking back to what I said in the other post actually those were the only two brand new cars I've ever owned not counting my wife's HHR.

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Now that you own a 280z, how would you compare it to the 240z you used to own? I know it's been a long time since you used to have your 240z, but it I thought it would be kind of interesting to hear how you would compare your newer 280z to the older 240z that you once had in terms of reliablity and how they drove and such.

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Well, first off, the 78 has been very reliable. Cold A/C, always starts, always passes the biennial smog check, no major problems. Like you've heard before, the 240 was more of a 'seat-of-the-pants' type car. Both the 70 and the 72 would out handle the 78 and they were both quicker though I'm not sure the 240's I owned with 4 speeds would run the top speed that my 280 would with it's 5 speed. As far as reliability, I didn't own either 240 for as long as I've owned the 280. About a year and a half for the 70 two and a half years for the 72 and 10 years for the 78.

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My first ride in a 240 was in 1982. I was a sophomore in HS and my best friend had a '73 with triple micunis (sp). We were on our way to a party off a 2 lane blacktop when we passed it going about 90mph. Tim (the driver) pulled up the e-brake, turned the wheel and dropped it into 2nd and somehow we ended up going about 40 mph the opposite direction without sliding off the road. I purchased my 1st '72 about 2 months later. I owned it for about 5 yrs.:love::love::love::love::love::love:

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My first ride in a Z was the 260z that I own today. My friend that I met back in I guess would have been 1979 had one, well I should say his dad had one(we were only 6yrs old back then). His dad bought the car new in 74 and when we turned 16 we would drive it all the time. They kept the car until 2005 and then had to sell it so I jumped on it. I knew the car for all those years and always wanted one so when the opportunity came up for that Z I had to have it. I will probably own this car forever and I made a promise to my friend that if I ever did sell it he would get first chance at buying it back. I am so happy to have a car that I have been around for almost 30 years it makes it all the sweeter.

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First ride was in a 260 I bought in '86. If I had known then what I know now I never would have bought it but all I knew then was I wanted an S30 body style car. I went to Okinawa in '82 and S30s were the hot cars to have, even with the ZXs out. There were RX-7s, Skylines and Laurels but the S30s were the shizzle. Owned that 260 for 11 years, bought a trashed '72 in '91 that ended up at the crusher when I found my '73.

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My first drive in a Z was the day I test drove the 240Z that I ended up buying. It started right up and idled great, but ran like crap under load. After a short test drive I felt like this was probably due to bad gas, burnt points, bad condenser, fouled plugs, old ignition wires, a bad tune, or all of the above. Since the rest of the car was clean with low mileage and there didn't appear to be any major oil or coolant leaks, I took a chance based on the character of the guy and bought the car. Turns out all of the above stuff was original and just needed to be replaced.

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My first time in a Z was in Albuquerque in January 71, driving my new '71 off the dealer's lot.

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First ride was in a 260 I bought in '86. If I had known then what I know now I never would have bought it but all I knew then was I wanted an S30 body style car. I went to Okinawa in '82 and S30s were the hot cars to have, even with the ZXs out. There were RX-7s, Skylines and Laurels but the S30s were the shizzle. Owned that 260 for 11 years, bought a trashed '72 in '91 that ended up at the crusher when I found my '73.

Where in Okinawa were you? I was at MCAS Futenma 82-84 :-) I saw my first S30 there as well, and immediately wanted one!

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My first ride was in a '71 from a used car lot. I fell in love with the first Z I ever saw in late 1969 or early 1970 at a dealership but being a poor freak I couldnt get one, A couple of years later(now married and still broke) when they started showing up on used car lots my weekend recreation consisted of "test driving" the ones I found on the mountain roads outside of town.

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Vercingetorix??????????????? You should be driving an Alpine Renault... Are you lost in time???? Gergovie isn't really in New Mexico, is it :classic:

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In 1985 as a high school graduation gift, my dad was going to buy me my first car. He mentioned that a guy was selling his Datsun 240Z and was bringing it to our house so we could test drive it. I had no idea what a 240Z was, and for whatever reason, when I heard "Datsun" I just cringed as I thought of some car that would be a complete embarrassment. I had made up my mind that I would shoot this Datsun car idea down before even seeing it. When my dad called out to me that the guy just drove up the driveway, I peaked out the window expecting the gag reflex, and instead....I was blown away! As we were going to the door to meet the previous owner, I knew before I even drove the car that I now wanted it more than anything. Then when I drove it....pure love. I no longer have that Z, but I love my "new" 240Z just as much. I am still all grins behind the wheel.

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Eighteen years ago I had been searching for a 240Z for about a year. Finally found one for $2000 which was reluctantly for sale by an SCCA driver named Tom who raced 510's. (He lived in Altamonte FL) Could this be "turbo Tom"???? He needed a bigger better trailer and the Z was almost traded away for one 'til I stepped in. It hadn't been on the road for some time and was still banana yellow. Even covered in mildew it looked HOT. This was my first time sitting in the cockpit of a Z. The clutch was slipping badly but dayeeummmnn it was quick! A few days later I had it titled and was almost in tears driving my dream home. Falling in love with a piece of machinery... Is there a mental disorder for that?

Three days later an uninsured driver pulled out in front of me and that was when I took the car completely apart/stripped/repainted the frist time. Women have come and gone but I will always insist that the Z stays.

Jim

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My first ride in a 240Z was the day I drove it off the lot of Jaremko Motors on N. Monroe in Spokane, Wa in July 1971. My first eyes on of one was in Okinawa earlier that year. Why did I decide to get one - I drove a 2000 roadster the fall of 1969 and ordered one. Shortly after the sales manager of Valley Datsun in Spokane called me and said he had something for me to see. It was the first brochure out for the 240Z (I still have it) - I told him to forget the roadster and ordered the Z. Would have had the first one in Spokane had it not been for a trip to the Philipines for 18 months.

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I remember when the 240Z first came out, I was in 5th grade. I was car nut back then and used to ride my bike down to the Datsun dealer to sit in them. The salespeople used to chase me out, that was until I sent my school teacher over to buy a 510. After that I had full run of the Zs on the lot.

I bought my first 1971 Z when I graduated from high school. That car took me to college with all my stuf shoe-hroned in the back. About 3 months after I graduated, in 1981, the window crank handle broke and I drove over to the dealer to get a new one. I had to walk through the showroom to get to the parts department and there was a black 1981 280ZX Turbo sitting there.... Well, you guessed it. I traded my '71 on the '81 and kept that car for 100,000 miles. When my wife's Mazda was hit, we bought her a 1972 Z from the original owner. We kept that car until our first child was born and had to sell it. I ended up selling my Turbo in 1994 and we were Z-less for a few years.

In 2004, I found a 1971 Z parked on the street and left a note. The guy called me and said it was mine for $700! It's in great shape and my 18 year old son drives it. About a year after that I found a 1981 black 280ZX Turbo parked in a driveway without most of the engine. I got it for nothing and found a donor car for parts. My 16 year old son drives that one. It's kind of neat that my kids are driving clones of the cars I drove way back then.

Sadly though, the '81 was hit by an unlicensed driver last week and totalled. My son was devastated, and I saw many hours of my love and sweat get towed away. We're shopping for a replacement.....

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Like Galaxybj, my first Z drive was the one I took driving it off the lot after I bought it new in April, 1973. I was just back from an 11 month cruise on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Tonkin (Vietnam), had been planning to get a Z for a couple of years but that was sort of hard to do while at sea!

Incredible feeling! Felt bigger than I thought it would, powerful, quick, and NEW!

Bought it at Gubrud Valley Datsun in Mt. Vernon, WA. Jack Gubrud sponsored lots of Z gatherings and runs in those days. Had one memorable trip in 1973 with about 30 other new Zs over the North Cascade Highway. Will try to find the pix of that run and post here someday.

Still have it. Restoring it now, hopefully will have it ready in a couple of years for the MSA West Coast Nationals.

--Jayhawk

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