After tedious research on the internet and hours of phone time with the previous owner of the petrolhead Fairlady Z, we managed to attain the original documentation of the car. This documentation not found until over a year after the purchase of the vehicle. We are overjoyed that the documentation will continue to remain with the Z car, as it rightfully should be.
Another brochure that likely was available in the showroom floor of a Nissan dealership in 1973. The book is very quality being made with a vinyl cover. No wonder it was able to stay in pristine condition!
Again, we can see several Fairlady Z models available during 1973. Ranked most inexpensive to most expensive are the Fairlady Z-L, Fairlady Z, Fairlady Z-432, Fairlady 240Z, Fairlady 240Z-L, and Fairlady 240-ZG.
Here we see the top two models available during the period. We are proud that our Fairlady is the 240Z-L model. Since these particular models were very expensive vehicles, the 240Z-L being 1,390,000 Yen and the 240ZG being 1,510,000 Yen, the 240ZG was often chosen over the 240Z-L due to the highly desired elongated front end.
Original Owner: Lieutenant David S. Zabel of Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, Japan. the petrolhead was able to contact the original owner shortly after attaining all this information. We found that the vehicle was very well cared for, and only spent 6 months in Japan before making its ocean voyage to Austin, Texas.
Seatrain Maryland was the ship that brought the vehicle over. Apparently it was a World War II wartime cargo ship: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USNS_Mission_San_Carlos_(T-AO-120)
Here are some Polaroid photos taken. I assume that they were taken after being sold to the second owner (notice the new aftermarket steering wheel).
David S Zabel sells the Z car to Steve C. Belsley on November 7, 1977. Notice the two seller’s contracts have different sale prices. I wonder?