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The Datsun 210ZX Is The Most Awfunderful Factor You have Seen All Day

See that? I needed to make up a phrase there to determine how I really feel about this ‘70s/80s-era physique equipment for Datsun B210s referred to as the Datsun 210ZX. The phrase is a portmanteau of ‘terrible’ and ‘great,’ as a result of that’s precisely what this equipment was: not splendidly terrible or awfully great, however in some way each directly.

I came upon that this factor from a Craigslist advert despatched to me promoting one in every of these exceptional mutants in Indianapolis. I’ve additionally realized that what could be the hardest-working instance of a 210ZX nonetheless round is an lively Lemons racer, in order you learn this take into account that there’s nonetheless a few of these roaming the earth.

The equipment was designed to suit a 1974-1978 Datsun B210, already a handsome, sporty automobile. However, that’s clearly not sufficient for some folks. Some particular B210 homeowners might have felt the necessity to TURN THEIR DATSUN INTO A CHAMPION, as this advert screams:

There’s a lot good things within the copy of this advert, when you get trying.

“The 210ZX takes you past financial system right into a world of show-stopping magnificence.”

This equipment is loads of issues, however associating it with the idea of ‘magnificence’ is like making an attempt to affiliate a fistful of sizzling chili with the idea of ‘suave.’

I particularly just like the advert when it tries to pitch this equipment on sensible causes:

“The ZX equipment replaces over 50% of your Datsun’s physique space with rust-resistant fiberglas. This assures you that the fantastic thing about your 210ZX shall be with you for years to come back.”

So, yeah, you may get pleasure from having a Datsun that’s solely 50% rust, or, even higher, is hiding every kind of far worse rust underneath these rust-resistant rust-trap fiberglass panels.

Even higher is that this:

“The ZX conversion equipment might even have the impact of offering higher gasoline financial system since air dams, rear spoilers, fender flares, and related beauty acessories had been first developed to enhance the aerodynamic efficiency of sports activities racing automobiles.” (emphasis mine)

I really like this half as a result of it’s completely clear that nobody on the F.E.D. (Fiberglass Engineering and Design) stick-on physique crap firm had any thought by any means what aero results the ZX equipment would have, and I’m certain as shit that nobody there ever wind-tunnel examined the equipment or something like that.

Excellent companion to your log cabin

That is concerning the equal of promoting a stripe equipment and saying it might enhance efficiency as a result of related stripes are totally on ‘sports activities racing automobiles.’ It’s charmingly magical pondering.

(picture from an authentic 1984-era construct)

The equipment doesn’t appear to have been too simple to put in, both, with the advert copy stating that

“a professional-appearing set up requires using a saber noticed, rivet gun, electrical hand drill with discs, body-working instruments, and a torch.”

…which possible put this factor out of the attain of the same old mid-’80s yard Volkswagen-pan kit-car builder.


I form of love this equipment. It’s so bold and awkward and and hopeful and hilarious all on the identical time. I do not know what number of of those have survived, however now I actually wish to see one within the ‘glass.

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