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You need to add 10 to whatever number people are usually using, because Mr. K came up with the idea for the Zed in 1959!  Or you need to be specific to reference the anniversary of the first American sale. 

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23 minutes ago, TomoHawk said:

You need to add 10 to whatever number people are usually using, because Mr. K came up with the idea for the Zed in 1959!  Or you need to be specific to reference the anniversary of the first American sale. 

Just 50 year milestones.... nothing more.

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On 1/1/2019 at 10:21 AM, 240260280 said:

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The Z advert from 'Parker University Datsun' in Hamilton caught my eye.  I've been living in nearby Burlington for the past 10 years and had never heard of this dealership, despite its location near the McMaster University campus (which I visit frequently on business).  A quick check using Google Map shows that the site is now occupied by a Hebrew Memorial Chapel.  It looks like it was a terrible location for a dealership -- well off the nearest main thoroughfare and well outside of the Hamilton city core.  Probably one of those small entrepreneurial retailer operations that tended to pick up franchises from the likes of Fiat, Volvo, and BL back in the day.  There's no such thing as a 'University Nissan' or 'Parker Nissan' in the Hamilton area these days, so I would guess that they got axed by Nissan Canada corporate in the 1980's when 'Datsun' transitioned to 'Nissan' and went up-market (or tried to).

Even the Harvey's fast-food franchise is gone.  For non-Canadians, Harvey's make the world's best, greasiest onion rings (along with a nuclear hamburger and a tasty-but-highly-synthetic milkshake).

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My guess is it's in the American west...

I used to do the off-road stuff in my 73 240Z. At about 40MPH on washboard dirt road it was kind of like being on ice, felt like you were floating. Once we drove the 73 into a fishing hole on Flaming Gorge reservoir and there were a couple of guys in a 4 wheel drive truck that couldn't believe we got there in the 240Z. On the way out we hit a rock and separated the exhaust pipe from the headers, man was that loud getting back to Manila, UT where we were able to put it back together at a gas station (back in the day when gas stations had lifts and would let you use them).

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Some outstanding  photos and information!  Thanks to all that contributed.  Just curious, is the picture below with the model on the 240Z at the Boston Car Show the same model  during that famous incident that put a large dent on the top of the fender?   She doesn't look like she weighs very much, but we all know how soft the fenders are on the 240Zs! 

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Six Domestic Z's made in Aug 1969.  Only 1 Export....possibly HLS30-00003 which may be this one used in the Factory Service Manual and other technical publications.

 

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A teaser commercial was made in the Summer of 1969 in Japan to promote the Z. Here is the masked Z on the Oppama test track:

 

 

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Sept 1969. Production was 9 domestics and two exports.  It would seem these two exports align with testing in North America in October. These would be the two cars manufactured 50 years ago:

HLS30-00004 (Silver and Manual)

HLS30-00005 (Silver and Automatic)

 

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They were returned to Japan after testing in Dec 1969. No details on where they are now.

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@lonetreesteve  have a look at this thread: https://www.classiczcars.com/forums/topic/56826-hls30-00006-at-the-crusher/#comments

 

On 5/30/2019 at 9:27 PM, lonetreesteve said:

Some outstanding  photos and information!  Thanks to all that contributed.  Just curious, is the picture below with the model on the 240Z at the Boston Car Show the same model  during that famous incident that put a large dent on the top of the fender?   She doesn't look like she weighs very much, but we all know how soft the fenders are on the 240Zs!

 

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