One Down, Three To Go

Incredibly, the first quarter of what was supposed to be the first year after the damn virus ends today. Of course, this is not a post-damn virus year, anyway, at least not yet. I’ll write this again: The more hosts for the damn virus, the more it replicates. The more it replicates, the more it mutates. That’s simple virology. The virus has no intent; it’s just doing what viruses do and we have to respect its biology.

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With one day left, March of 2021 has had the second highest number of monthly views of Disaffected Musings. Thanks for reading.

Of course, the Barrett-Jackson broadcasts and the related search for Cristy Lee have played a large role in the “elevated” number of views. I wonder if the June Barrett-Jackson auction will have the same effect.

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The sub-head from this piece from Road and Track reads, “The next-generation of road-going Z looks almost nearly exactly like the Z Proto.” From the article:

 

“Back when Nissan revealed its new generation of Z sports car in September 2020, it told the world the design was ‘close to final.’ It seems the company wasn’t lying. We’ve finally gotten our first look at what looks to be the production version of Nissan’s 400Z, and design-wise, it’s nearly identical to the Z Proto shown last year.”

 

You want to see some photos? OK:

 

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The 400Z will be available with either a manual or automatic transmission. Nissan has confirmed the output of the 400 engine will be higher than the 332 HP of the 370Z. I hope the engine has even more added torque and that the automatic transmission is not a CVT type. Maybe it never was on the 370.

The Datsun/Nissan Z cars are among the most important and most influential in automotive history. It was the original 240Z that really put Japanese cars on the map in the US. In 1969, the model year before the introduction of the 240, Datsun sold about 60,000 cars in the US. By 1974, that number had increased to 185,000 of which about 50,000 were Z cars (the 260, to be exact).

For a long time, I thought my wonderful wife would end up with a 350 or 370 convertible. She had a 300ZX and she really liked it. The Z cars are not expensive and they are not slugs. Still, she loves her 2018 Corvette convertible so a Z car is not in the cards.

Do any of you have any opinions about the Z car in general and/or the 400Z in particular?

 

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8 thoughts on “One Down, Three To Go

  1. The original Zs were poetry in motion. The newer ones look like snub noses 38s. Pay homage to the one that brung ya with a hat tip to styling. Of course people would say Corvette should have done the same, but to me the new Vette’s styling is evolutionary; the Z’s style is just malignant.

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  2. I really like the design of the original 240/260/280Z cars, and even the first 300z, though it was obviously shifted to a more 1980s aesthetic. I agree the latest run starting with the 350 looks a little stubby (even a little Audi TT-like), but I think they did a credible job with it. I don’t see many of them in the wild here though.

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    1. Thanks, Mark. I think Nissan just didn’t feel the original design would work well today, especially with newer safety regulations. I think the 240Z is one of the greatest automotive designs ever.

      Here in our car-crazy neck of the woods (I am thankful for that) we see 350/370 Z cars quite often. We see more Ferraris, though. Hey, I’m not ashamed that my wonderful wife and I can afford to live in a nice area. We’ve earned it.

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