Shogun Assassin Z

Posted: January 10, 2011 in Classics, Vehicles, Videos
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The seventies were a time of pop explosion. Disco music, zoot suits, exploitation films, and the emergence of Japanese sports cars on US soil were the words of the day. This gorgeously built 240Z conjures up images of the 70s in all its sharp, katana-like glory.

The S30 Fairlady here is a ’71 model, the first production year of the Z. Tuned to the beat of a Silvia SR20DET running 12 pounds of boost, this Fairlady sings a beautiful and lonesome sound. Speaking of sound, the video below is set to the song and theme of a samurai film, featuring clips of “Lone Wolf and Cub,” a famous Japanese film series based on a literary classic of the same title. What could be more fitting than a timeless Samurai theme to fit such a car?

The car itself looks as fit as any Japanese feudal warrior, and has received its shares of cuts and slashes to receive its widened fenders and boosted heart transplant. The car also looks and sounds as racy as any number of exploitation films from the same decade it came from.

The interior is updated with a Nardi wheel and bucket seats, but retains its 70s character in the dash and checkered console leather. The Defi gauges lit green against red needles provide driver displays that are as colorful as the 70s themselves.

The Z has always been a car that evokes memories of the flashy 70s, and was a car that set out to redefine Japanese imports as we knew them. Though a number of highly memorable cars rolled out from Datsun (the 510 and 1600 Roadster for measure), this was a car that established a brand that rings true even today: the Nissan Z continues to be a heralded name in the modern sports car market. Cars such as this 1971 Lone Wolf however, set the tone for the eras to come.

article: colbydc5

video and photo credit: Sr-FairladyZ

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