Long lost documentation found!

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.

An original brochure from Chiyoda Nissan that highlights the variety of Nissan models of the time.

Among others available during the time were the Bluebird, Sunny, Cherry, and Fairlady Z.

In the lower left-hand side of the brochure we can see the five Fairlady Z models available in 1973.

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.

Within the brochure, we can see the comparison of the standard 240ZG, 240Z-L, Z, and Z-L tachometer compared to that of the high revving Z-432 tachometer.

Directions on how to use the ever so sought after two-knob rally clock.

Bargaining documentation for our Fairlady 240Z-L w/ 5 speed transmission. Final price of 1,393,455 Yen, which was equvalent to $5,278 USD back in the day. $1/264Yen exchange rate!

Here we see a signed receipt. If only it was so easy these days!

Keisho, LTD. The original company who sold the Z car.

The original dealer found on Google Maps! It looks like they are some kind of motorcycle parts dealer now.

Safety features included on the petrolhead Fairlady 240Z-L.

A parts list! Look at those prices!

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)

Wonders what a simple Google search can do these days…

The Z begins its journey across the Pacific Ocean! Destination: Travis Air Force Base in Austin, Texas.


Reminds me of signing a rental car document…
Cleared and ready to go!

Another random receipt that was most likely created during the shipment of the vehicle.

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?

Smog check and maintenance done in Sacramento, CA, where the original owner resided after being deployed form the US Air Force.

Do you?

Factory 8-track with warranty information! Still installed today! Maybe we will test it out, and if it does not work, send in the card to see if they honor the warranty!

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