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Here's the Ebay link. I spotted the pic in the gallery you uploaded from the catalog. There seems to be a lot of interest in this car. I bet it will get interesting when it comes down to the wire.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Datsun-Z-Series-240-Z-Datsun-1973-240Z-in-storage-for-25-Years-19K-MILES_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ6187QQihZ013QQitemZ230247712854QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW

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....Interesting door panels....velvet or something.

The rear bumper sort of resembles that of a 280......weird.

I'm not too keen about the hood artwork, though the rest of th car is cool. Seems to be sitting up rather high however.

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Looks like it came out a Barnum Baily parade. Might be history, but it's not one of Z's proudest moments. Kinda like platform shoes.

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Before computer aided design & wind tunnel testing these where the body packages BSR sold & drove to multiple championships with s30's,they would change the tail lights to resemble the Z's for sale at the dealer.Win on Sunday-sell on Monday.

Bob Sharp Racing body part #

BSFL-001 X2 $164.95

BSFL-002 X2 $164.95

BSFL-003 $545.00 (Nose not on ebay "awesome" 240z)

BSAD-ZX1 $149.95

ZX Turbor Tail $269.95

ZHH Hatch $129.95

With massive weight reduction & IMSA Nose aerodynamics,the results for overall performance increase were remarkable!

In a conversation I had with Mr.Sharp he mentioned very few records of sales of the GT-33's were kept & these special order body parts were very limited.

The Ebay seller "Once in a Lifetime" sounds about right.

Oh by the way the Recaro Spectrum seats with stereophonic headrest speakers part #0804010060 sold for $628.00 each & have been out of production for 25 years.

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Once in a lifetime? I think be able to wrap my mind around that concept if this wasn't a unfinished V8 conversion. Might be a collection of rare/hard to find/impossible to find parts but the car itself does little for me.

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Classic 240Z's have a "Less is More" appeal to me. Less whale tails and wild paint, more handling components a subtle mods is the way to go.... IMHO

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This car is a perfect example of how something that was seen as "desireable" back "in the day" is now seen as deploreable and embarrasing.

Platform shoes, hip-hugger pants, screen-print silk shirts, paisley patterns in wild colors, white leisure suits, Nehru jackets, tie-dye, Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts under Button Down Collar shirts; just to name a few. All were "cool" and "groovy" or "funkalicious" at one time. Now, they're the type of item that some people deny having been involved with....like Disco. But, like Disco, if you were part of the "IN" crowd, whether you were a Beatnik, a Hippie, a Yippie, a Yuppie, a Rebel, or a Preppie, you "wore" the uniform.

This car is a perfect example of this. The spoiler, the flares, the striping .... while "outrageous" now were very much the "rage" back in the 80's. (Remember the A Team's van?) Like paint, this year's most popular color will be pasé a few years down the road.

So, while many will distance themselves from the 80's appeal of the stripes, the interior and the air-brushing, like Disco, back in the "Day" you either participated or YOU were considered the "outcast" or the "dork" or the "nerd".

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Hey Enrique - It's ok to say you had one like it or maybe wanted one. You don't have to dance around it (in platforms), just spit it out. :)

I can hear Donna Summers climaxing now in quadraphonic sound from that "awesome" sideshow - She feels love.

While I'm kinda pickin up what your layin down - I got to say though this one is over the top - even by 70s standards. I did the 70's thing in a stock 71 Z (which drew sufficient attention for me) and saw some interesting Z mods - flairs and wide tires, no bumpers and a few odd colours - but this is more roller derby than disco. I think this would have been considered ugly even then. Austin Powers would have given this a double take.

Now to say something nice: rear suspension looks very clean.

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This car is a perfect example of how something that was seen as "desireable" back "in the day" is now seen as deploreable and embarrasing.

Platform shoes, hip-hugger pants, screen-print silk shirts, paisley patterns in wild colors, white leisure suits, Nehru jackets, tie-dye, Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts under Button Down Collar shirts; just to name a few. All were "cool" and "groovy" or "funkalicious" at one time. Now, they're the type of item that some people deny having been involved with....like Disco. But, like Disco, if you were part of the "IN" crowd, whether you were a Beatnik, a Hippie, a Yippie, a Yuppie, a Rebel, or a Preppie, you "wore" the uniform.

This car is a perfect example of this. The spoiler, the flares, the striping .... while "outrageous" now were very much the "rage" back in the 80's. (Remember the A Team's van?) Like paint, this year's most popular color will be pasé a few years down the road.

So, while many will distance themselves from the 80's appeal of the stripes, the interior and the air-brushing, like Disco, back in the "Day" you either participated or YOU were considered the "outcast" or the "dork" or the "nerd".

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I would say that is an accurate summary as far as how the car has dated, in relation to current perceptions. I think there are two ways anything can age, and cars are no exception; They either age well and are considered timeless.....a stock 240Z is a good example. Or something loses its contemporary appeal.....like fashion from the 70's i.e. the car for auction.

Even then I feel certain things can still be appealing because they are "dated". I do have an appreciation for "dated" themes here and there. I am an owner of a Z31 as well, and I feel it is the most dated Z-car. That's part of what appeals to me as I am a fan of the 80's; the decade I was brought up in.

Well, my point is some things do not age well. Despite this, they can still be considered charming....a look back at what was "in" at the time. But, don't get me wrong; I'm not going out on a limb to defend the Z for auction. To each their own.

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Sailor Bob, that is just being cruel! Not to Enrique but the rest of us. I've got all these images of Enrique implanted in my head now. Prepping his hair in front of the mirror, bustin his moves on the lights of the dance floor, but yeah...clean rear suspension.ROFL

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Actually Dad absolutely refused Long Hair, Hip-hugger pants and Platform shoes for the longest time. Not till my Senior year in HS did I acquire a pair of the Platform Shoes with the tall heels, and soon found out they were no longer cool. I think I wore them to two parties before they were banished to the back of my closet.

But as far as Disco? Heck, I'll admit to doing my best to twirl the night away moaning about a rain-soaked cake ... all the while watching the ladies in those form fitting body-suits with the fly-away skirts in stilletto high heels doing their twirls .... Go ahead, critique THAT!!!

Lest we forget, here are a couple of other pictures of interest:

http://www.classiczcars.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=11299

http://www.classiczcars.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=7701

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/corvette_summer/

And a video:

http://www.classiczcars.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=13467

All of these are examples of designs and acceptable items THEN. Some of the many items are still desireable and some are not. While some of these are such that there will be some that will decry their being included in this discussion, the point I'm making is that they're ALL either advances or side-steps in the automotive looks department.

Flames which were a huge component of "hot-rod" paint jobs in the 50's, were seen as pasé in the 70's and 80's when stripes were a big item. Psychedelic paint jobs and graffiti motifs were "in" in the 60's, and were scorned in later years (Anyone remember the Partridge Family bus?). Or outrageous engines poking through hoods with extremely modified cars, The Monkees, The Munsters, just to name a couple. The late 70's and 80's introduced two-tone paint jobs amidst other items, and stripes began a come back. The 90's can best be remembered for outrageous colors ... Dodge Neon anyone?

And I'm summarizing and categorizing with broad strokes. If you wish to debate specific dates, years and trends, then we need a different thread. My point is that this car may now best be an example of something that was big then, and isn't now. Berating it, exclaiming how it gags you, or "burns" the retina's are just more examples of how pasé it has become ... but it wasn't ALWAYS this way. Had the original owner finished the project, who knows, it might have ended up winning a show or two.

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Then, that WAS you in Napoleon Dynamite ......seems a nerve was struck:laugh:.

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There was a car like this, perhaps even this one for sale out of a shop in Arizona a few years back. Late 90's. The shop was Z focused and going out of business. I recall the car being originally a BSR styling project or something. There was a feeding frenzy on the old IZCC email forums. Arizona Z cars in quantity!!!

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Hi Rob,If my memory is correct that may have been the GT-33 280z that was recently sold on ebay,that unit was authentic,I spoke with Mr Sharp & he confirmed the authenticity as well as reminded me very few records of these builds were kept.The new owner is very close to datsun history & my understanding was a restoration was planned.

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Ahh thats cool somebody posted that.

But come on.. you gotta Luv this :D

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Dont get more 70's than if it was on a van !:laugh:

~Z~

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Hi Rob,If my memory is correct that may have been the GT-33 280z that was recently sold on ebay,that unit was authentic,I spoke with Mr Sharp & he confirmed the authenticity as well as reminded me very few records of these builds were kept.The new owner is very close to datsun history & my understanding was a restoration was planned.

You are probably right. Back then we didn't have forums and we just got wind of the shop going out of business and the unique Z for sale.

Funny, I think I have about 8 years worth of Bob Sharp catalogs around here somewhere. I used to carry it with me everywhere and circle the things I wanted to buy.

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I actually like the paint job, but it needs so much work that frankly I think $600 is more in line with what it is worth, not $6100. (and the reserve isn't met yet?)

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