It's a classic Datsun 240Z

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Before the arrival of the Mazda MX5, Nissan - or Datsun as its cars where then called - laid claim to building the bestselling sports car in the world: the Datsun 240Z. Designed to compete against ageing British rivals such as the Austin Healey and MGC, the 240Z copied their large-capacity, front-engined, rear-wheel-drive layout, adding the curvaceous lines of the E-Type Jaguar. Despite this, and unlike almost all Oriental cars of the time, the 240Z still had a distinctively Japanese style. In fact, the design of this epochal sports car began on the drawing board of Albrecht Goertz (who styled the similarly sensuous BMW 507) but was signed off by an in-house team in Japan. The 240Z was cheap, went just as well as it looked, and was comparatively reliable. They sold more than 150,000 of them between 1969 and 1974, mostly in America, where it notched up numerous motorsport successes. The 240 begat the 260 and 280 and, to cement its iconic status, Nissan recently bought up dozens of 240Zs in the States, re

Before the arrival of the Mazda MX5, Nissan - or Datsun as its cars where then called - laid claim to building the bestselling sports car in the world: the Datsun 240Z. Designed to compete against ageing British rivals such as the Austin Healey and MGC, the 240Z copied their large-capacity, front-engined, rear-wheel-drive layout, adding the curvaceous lines of the E-Type Jaguar. Despite this, and unlike almost all Oriental cars of the time, the 240Z still had a distinctively Japanese style. In fact, the design of this epochal sports car began on the drawing board of Albrecht Goertz (who styled the similarly sensuous BMW 507) but was signed off by an in-house team in Japan. The 240Z was cheap, went just as well as it looked, and was comparatively reliable. They sold more than 150,000 of them between 1969 and 1974, mostly in America, where it notched up numerous motorsport successes. The 240 begat the 260 and 280 and, to cement its iconic status, Nissan recently bought up dozens of 240Zs in the States, rebuilt them and sold them again with a full factory warranty.

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