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    1971 240z - Yellow Restored Beauty
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  1. You’re wealthy enough to own a Toyota Century, but you don’t want it to look like every other bank CEO’s executive coach. What to do? Well, prior to the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon, the only option was to a.) be … Continue reading → Read more at JNC Magazine
  2. Yeah, this really isn't something that should be considered, based on a website design. The right hacker with skills can make anything look legit...
  3. The Japanese tuning house Liberty Walk has created a what they call the LB-ER34 Super Silhouette Skyline. The red-on-black paint scheme will be instantly recognizable to fans of Skyline race cars of the 1980s. Revealed at the 2020 Tokyo Auto … Continue reading → Read more at JNC Magazine
  4. I *LOVE* the crossflow head design. Not sure why this wasn't used as the stock design.
  5. I merged the topics. No need to have multiple posts on this same subject. Good luck.. Mike
  6. They say hindsight is 2020. It’s also the year 2020, so it’s time to reflect on some of the mistakes we’ve made and save others from the same fate. Is it getting in over your head in on a project … Continue reading → Read more at JNC Magazine
  7. We will be here for you!
  8. This isn't a bad idea... I had put many of our common solutions in our knowledge base. That area needs some work if you want to volunteer...
  9. The image above was a concept drawing, I believe by a guy who works at Car and Driver.
  10. Last week Tomica announced for its 50th anniversary that it would be collaborating with several Japanese carmakers for special edition toy cars. One of them was Honda, represented by the new FK8 Civic Type R. At the press conference Hideki … Continue reading → Read more at JNC Magazine
  11. Looking back now, the Toyota Celica’s switch from rear- to front-wheel-drive may seem like a let-down. Back in 1986, though, FF was seen as modern and the fourth-generation Celica’s performance was affected by the shift. In fact, it continued to … Continue reading → Read more at JNC Magazine
  12. The Mungenast Classic Museum in St. Louis, Missouri is what we all hope our collections look like when we pass on. Founded by Dave Mungenast, a man described as a Green Beret, stuntman, American Motorcycle Association hall-of-famer, and car dealer, … Continue reading → Read more at JNC Magazine
  13. A redesign is finally coming for Nissan's iconic sports car, and it sounds promising. By Joey Capparella JAN 21, 2020 Illustration by Radovan VaricakCar and Driver The next-generation Nissan Z sports car is finally on the horizon, and here's what we know about it. It will be the long-awaited replacement for the ancient 370Z, which has been on sale since 2009 with few updates. We expect the new Z to debut sometime this year as a 2021 model. The wait for a new Nissan Z sports car is almost over. As we approach the arrival of a replacement for the long-in-the-tooth 370Z—finally!—the rumor mill is running at full capacity, giving us some exciting tidbits about the new two-seater's powertrains, platform, and design. Here is what we expect from the new Z. Twin-Turbo V-6 Power The most powerful engine currently in Nissan and Infiniti's mainstream lineup (apart from the GT-R) is the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes up to 400 horsepower in the Infiniti Q50 and Q60. This is the logical choice for the new Z, then, and sources within Nissan dealerships told Autoblog that this powerful mill will indeed be under the hood. A seven-speed automatic is the only transmission choice for this engine in the Infinitis, but we're hoping and praying that a stick shift will be offered as well; remember, Nissan did hint that this was possible by bolting up a six-speed manual to this engine for its modified 370Z concept for the SEMA tuner show this past year. Hinting at the New Car's Engine? This engine's displacement calls into question what the new Z will be called. 300Z would be rational (or 300ZX, for nostalgia's sake), but we'd guess that Nissan will instead choose a number corresponding to the car's output rather than its displacement, like 400Z, to clarify its superiority over its predecessors. Rear-Wheel Drive, as God Intended A front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout is the only real way to set up a proper sports car, and the Z will continue on with a newer version of Nissan's FM platform and share many components with the Infiniti Q60 coupe. That's from an earlier report from Autocar, which also said that the new car is code-named Z35. Proof the New Z Is Real All-wheel drive is within the realm of possibility, given that it's offered as an option on the Q60. But we don't think Nissan will go this route, as none of the Z's intended competitors—the Toyota Supra, Ford Mustang, and Chevy Camaro—offer the option of four driven wheels. Retro Styling Although the Nissan Z test mule we spied testing at the Nürburgring last year wore the old car's bodywork, we're pretty certain that the new model will have completely new styling. Autoblog's sources suggested that the original Datsun 240Z would serve as a styling inspiration for the new Z. We hope that means it will present simple, clean lines rather than the angular, tortured look seen on some Nissan concept and production cars lately. Roundish headlights and 300ZX-style taillights will reportedly serve as the key retro touches, as seen on our illustration above. Got Datsun Nostalgia? We doubt that the old-school theme will extend inside, however—and that's a good thing, because the 370Z's cabin is in need of a modern makeover. The cabin should retain its cozy, two-seat atmosphere, but we feel confident that it'll benefit from the latest Nissan infotainment system and a fresh dashboard design. Hopefully Still Affordable The current 370Z starts at just $31,015 and remains a decent performance bargain today despite its age. While there's no doubt in our mind that the new model will see a significant price uptick, we're guessing (and hoping) that the new Z will start somewhere in the $40,000 range, which would undercut the Toyota Supra by a few thousand dollars. All signs point to the new Nissan Z's arrival being imminent. Our suspicion is that it will make its first appearance sometime later in 2020, going on sale in the U.S. as a 2021 model either at the end of this year or early next year. We can't wait to see it for real. Source: Car and Driver - https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a30586109/nissan-z-future-2021/
  14. Of course, I have been plugging our club on most of these auctions. Can't wait to see who picks this one up. Good luck gents. Mike
  15. Yes, welcome to the club (and classic Z ownership)! Don't forget to post some pics and also update your garage here.