Yes, summer is here because all the tops are down.
My cousin, Mike, zpotted a Datsun 1600 enjoying the sun in SF.
Rolling around Office Depot to do a return, and a gunmetal gray 1969 Datsun 510 pulls up just as I do the same!
A nice fellow (didn’t get his name) just recently got his 510 back from having work done by Troy Ermish (very popular 510 mechanic in Tracy, CA). I guess the work took several years to complete (ugh)! “Skinny Puppy” (as noted by the sole sticker on the rear windshield) sported lowered suspension, blacked out bumpers, rear bubble flares, and circular rear side markers. And if it’s from Troy, it probably has his 2.5″ exhaust down pipe. Well, here it is.
Quick stop around Fry’s and Zpotted this JDM looking red 240z with black flares, chrome fender mirrors, HRE-esque wheels and topped off with the “Fairlady Z” badge. If you look a litt more, the fabulous-ness finishes with a Monza stacked pipes. menacing.
Last Zpotted, my wife spotted a girl driven Z.
On the same day, she also spotted another Datsun – a Datsun 1200!
The rare 1200 coupe is already a fun compact looking car, but it can really look cool with some mods (see below). This one, however, looks like it’s in grocery-getter mode.
For illustration purposes, a super neat 1200. i like these things.
woohoo! we made it to 100 posts!
My wife txt’d me a photo this morning: “spotted” she said. “Young girl driving it. Loud engine”. haha – thanks babe!
Check out this rracked* mixed S30 Z from behind. On top of the newer paint and 13″/14″ minilites, they’ve gone and body matched the tail light bezel, and mixed early / late model Z tail lights. I’m not sure if the roof rack is that JDM fad going around, but given the recent weather, biking season IS upon us. Regardless – cheers to the Z, you’ve been Zpotted!
*DailyDatsun word for ‘with roof rack’ and the USDM/JDM roof rack scene. I’m neither for nor against it, to each his/her own. I’m just coining the term. rrracked! 😛
If you look hard enough, there are still a good number of Datsun Z’s on the road. Now I’m not talking about seeing Z’s at a show, say, like the upcoming Motorsport Auto’s Z Car West Coast Nationals. I’m talking about Daily Datsun’s Zpotted!
This post is a coast-to-coast edition because in the same day as my sister zpotted a Z in Mass, my cousin txt’d me a pic of one he saw in California! How fun is that!?
First is a well seasoned Datsun 240z from my sister – spotting it in the Whole Food parking lot in Boston. There are several surprises here: 1) obviously it’s being driven and not stored for the winter time (typical winter grime on the car) and 2) it’s all the way from Arizona. Uh.. 70’s Japanese car, I’d like you to meet something called Salt and Snow, and by the way, there are not your friends. Moving on, it’s looks like it’s in great shape and kept original. It’s even sporting those nice American Spirit (or some classic) 5 spoke dealer installed wheels. Oy, i hope it makes it through the season!
Next is nicely done modified Z spotted by my cousin up in Daly City! This is a great example of a beloved owner massaging the great aspects of the Z: blacked out the chrome trim, badges and bumpers, flaring out the wheel wells, and adding that spoiler. Also sporting some nice two-piece mesh wheels. If I had to guess, this is a 240z with something beastly under the hood. Flares are typical for Datsun owners, but for such a large flare in the rear (and check out that deep dish on the wheel), it’s planning on slaying the road with torque. Additionally, they’ve opted to go with the 280z vented hood for additional cooling in the engine bay. Black out all the shiny bits for that menacing touch. Yep, there’s something serious lurking under there!
There you have it! Zpotted on the East coast, zpotted on the West. One original, one modified. One in snow, one in sun. Double the Zpotted on Daily Datsun – enjoy!
Thanks Kathryn and Mike for submitting!
I love it. Nothing like driving around and the shape just catches your eye. I can’t explain it. Sometimes it’s just a view of the back side 100+ yards away that makes you look.
This time I Zpotted a brown Z in parking lot behind a sign. Since I was making a left away from it’s parking lot, I couldn’t circle around to check it out. Even with brief encounters, I love zpotting.
I was on Santana Row picking up a few things for Valentine’s Day when I spotted a 240z in the parking lot.
A little worse for wear, but looked like it was being driven! Missing some emblems, wood-composite steering wheel, wood shift knob, and sported a 280z vented hood and 280z/zx wheels.
What is really great about this one despite it’s condition, is the low VIN! Check it: 23,270! Which would make it a 1971 Datsun 240z “Series II”. Zpotted.
I headed over to St. John’s last week and scored a parking spot next to a convertible 350Z. Never really compared the convertible version to the 280z, so of course I snapped a few shots. With the convertible top, it looks like a much more compact cabin. Most 350z driver’s i’ve encountered aren’t really into the older Z’s, just from my experience – but just in case i posted the DailyDatsun.com print out in the passenger window :] Cheers from St. John’s!