2022 Datsun 240Z "The Lion’s Rock Commission" By MZR Roadsports
It’s always nice when there is a company, specializing in restoring and reimagining a certain model. In this case, it’s the team from MZR Roadsports, and their choice of car is the Datsun 240Z – a Japanese icon with a global fan base. What the U.K.-based outfit is doing can best be described as a classic car with a modern twist. It’s safe to say, MZR Roadsports is for Datsun 240Z, what Singer is for Porsche 911, and this is the company’s take on what the perfect 240Z should be.
20 Affordable Classic Cars You Don’t Want to Pass Up
Now when people mention classic cars, most people automatically assume that it is an expensive hobby. While that may be true up to some degree, especially with regards to collector cars, i.e cars that were produced in extremely small numbers or Concours-worthy cars, pretty much anybody can get into the hobby of classic cars if you know where to look.
You’ll See Some Great Classic Cars In this Video, But the Datsun Fairlady SR20DET Is Definitely The Highlight
Healthy and safety guides tell you that a car missing a full-width windshield should not be driven on public roads yet here we are, looking at a gorgeous open-top Datsun from the late ’60s that, courtesy of the SR20DET inline-four is so fast it literally blows your cap off.
And then there’s the soundtrack and the fact that you’re never fully in the car because the doors are low enough so that most of your upper body is exposed to the elements. Grassroots Garage gets a taste of this automotive guillotine.
Last month we told you the story of Scott Fisher and his continuing journey around the United States in his beautiful 1967 Datsun Fairlady Roadster. At that time, he had just left Nissan’s headquarters in Nashville and was striking out again along some dusty road less traveled. Well, one month, some 7,000 miles, and one nasty encounter with a deer later, the automotive and photography wizards at Petrolicious caught up with Fisher and his Fairlady. The video above is a masterfully shot peek at what the journey has held.
Fisher’s Fairlady is mostly stock with only minor modifications. A five-speed transmission was swapped in from a later year Datsun, a ticker-core radiator for better cooling, and an electronic ignition module and distributor remain his only upgrades. The 1.6-liter inline four with pushrod valves has proved its worth, having never left him stranded.
Unfortunately, Fisher’s Fairlady encountered a deer with its right front fender, hood, and headlight one late afternoon as the sun set in the distance. “I definitely want to fix the damage that my friend the deer helped me out with,” he says. “I would like to eventually do a full frame-off restoration on it.” Fisher says his next dream includes shipping the car overseas after its restoration and continuing his road trip around the islands of Japan.
Fisher has gained a sizable following on his blog at RoadsterRoadTrip.com where he documents his experiences in words, photos, and videos. Be sure to check that out, along with our previous coverage of his journey.
We cover a lot of automotive-related material here at TopSpeed. From the latest and greatest vehicles with promises of fast quarter-mile times, insane 0-to-60 sprints, and the occasional gravel-shredding off-roader, it’s all about the newest and fastest.
But sometimes, you just have to slow down and enjoy the drive — to bask in every last mile of a pure driving experience in a pure sports car. That’s exactly what one man set out to do.
Scott Fisher and his beloved 1967 Datsun Fairlady Roadster are on a meandering mission to travel the United States in a clockwise fashion, while soaking in the experience on the timeless journey. No schedules needed.
Fisher started his epic journey last spring from his home in Las Vegas after selling his manufacturing business that he ran for 16 long years. It has since taken him over 30,000 miles through the American heartland, rolling over local highways and byways, while avoiding major routes and interstates “like the plague.” And it was all done in his beautiful ’67 Fairlady.
“I knew I needed to kinda’ get out, and unwind, and get my mojo back,” the 45-year-old man says. His journey has taken him north through the Pacific Northwest and over through the flyover states. Fisher’s goal was to stay up north during the summer months to avoid the extreme heat and sun exposure. “[It’s] allowed me to keep the top down, maybe 80 percent of the time.”
Click past the jump to keep reading about Scott’s amazing travels
In the latest episode of his show, Jay Leno takes a break from all those supercars he usually has in his garage and turns his attention to a 1971 Datsun 510; not a standard one, but one rebuilt almost from the ground.
Alongside Jay you will see Greg Elliott, the owner of the 1971 Datsun 510 who is explaining all the updates he made to his car. Painted in a very cool blue, this 510 delivers a total of 150 horsepower and it is for sure a neat car to drive and a dream car for any car Datsun addicted out there. They also take the car out on the road for a test drive, with Jay driving of course!
Watch the video and see what Jay Leno has to say about this cool Datsun 510! Let us know in the comment section below if you agree with him!
Not many Japanese automakers quite have the storied history of Datsun and Nissan. Even the now dominant Honda lineup is little more than a teenager in comparison to Nissan’s worldwide presence. With all of this history comes a lot of heritage, and it is obvious that Nissan and Datsun took and still do take this heritage very seriously, as they have over 400 various Datsun and Nissan vehicles dating back to the 1933 Datsun 12.
Recently, Nissan and Renault CEO, Carlos Ghosn, got to pay this warehouse turned pseudo museum a visit. He didn’t just waltz in and take a quick look at cars, as most of us do when we go to car shows. Nope, he hopped into a nearly 75-year-old, mint condition Datsun 17 Phaeton and went for a spin around the entire facility.
Seeing this warehouse full of classic cars that we rarely get to see is amazing in itself. The fact that Nissan takes special care to make sure these cars remain in impeccable shape truly shows how much Nissan respects its past. We all know that manufacturers hold back special models and keep them in good condition to show them off at later dates, but to see it on this scale and not dealing only with special models is impressive.
Nissan actually houses a staff full former staff and volunteers to keep about 70 percent of these classic imports operating. The warehouse also houses several classic Nissan rally cars and a wide array of Nissan-produced police cars.
The coolest thing about this whole visit is that Nissan filmed it and posted it online for all to see (the video is above). This is extremely unique, given the fact that the general public does not have access to this extravagant collection.
This lack of access may soon change, as former Nissan SVP, Kenichi Sasaki, stated that he hopes to see a Nissan Museum built so the public can enjoy these classic models. Our collective hats go off to Nissan for keeping these cars in this great of condition and allowing us a sneak peek into this restricted warehouse.