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During the 1970’s, this car easily set the record for the best-selling sports car of all time with more than 540,000 built. In 2004, it was even ranked as #2 on the list for best sports cars of the 1970’s. What is it you ask? It is the Datsun 240Z. The Datsun 240Z had many obstacles standing in its way to getting designed and built. In the late 1950’s, Yutaka Katayama was hired by the Nissan company to help market their cars. He was the first person to convince Nissan that adding a racing program would be a good way to build the Nissan name, and he was right. This didn’t sit well with his bosses because he went around them to their bosses to pitch the idea, so they decided to give him a job in North America – Datsun Marketing Manager For North America. You see, the market for Japanese cars in America was slim because most people didn’t want to buy Japanese-made cars after World War II, so even though the name Datsun was put on all Nissan cars sold in North America, it was figured that Mr. Katayama would stay out of the lime-light with this challenging position. His bosses couldn’t have been more wrong.
Why You Should Know Mr. K
If you are familiar with the “Z-cars” like the Datsun 260Z that defined the Japanese sports car evolution, then you are familiar with Mr. K, also known as Yutaka Katayama. This man is responsible for designing Japanese sports cars and delivering them to a hungry American audience. Without Mr. K, the world of automobiles would be very different.
Nissan and the Sad Little Cars
Alfa Romeo Spider
The Alfa Romeo Spider is a sports car from the legendary Italian automaker. The car company has its roots in racing and has been known for over 100 years for its pricey, exotic sports cars. The Spider has a long history as well, with many variations. The first roadster called the Alfa Romeo Spider was made in 1966. This version of the sports car was manufactured in four series from 1966 to 1993.
Metro Cruise Draws Big Crowds
Car guys and gals know all about the Woodward Dream Cruise that occurs each summer during the third weekend of August in Detroit, Michigan. However, the east side of the state is not the only place to show off your hotrod, muscle car, sportscar, or tin lizzie. Every summer for the past nine years, Grand Rapids holds the 28th Street Metro Cruise the weekend following the Dream Cruise on the fourth weekend of August. This classic car show draws huge crowds up and down the 10 miles of this business-lined five-lane road as everyone wants to see classic cars like the Ford Fairlane, Chevy Bel Air, as well as exotics like the Ferrari Testarossa and the Lotus Esprit.
The MGB: Classics Never Grow Old
The 1960s brought the British to the shores of the United States. The decade delivered The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, James Bond movies, and the Mod style. Along with the 1960s pop culture icons, the British also delivered the MG MGB to the States. This little car changed the way that American viewed the sports car experience.
Right Place and Right Time
1967 Austin Healey 3000
The brief, 20-year collaboration that was Austin-Healey created some of the world’s finest sports cars, including the 1967 Austin-Healey 3000. The brand came about when The Austin division of the British Motor Corporation joined up with the engineering firm Donald Healey Motor Company. The short-lived nameplate included four different models from 1952 to 1972: the 100, 100-6, 3000, and Sprite.
The 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 came at the end of this model’s reign from 1959 to 1967. Big changes occurred between the 100 and 100-6 models. Comparatively, the alterations from 100-6 to 3000 were minor. The 3000 came out in three series called the Mark I, Mark II, and Mark III. The 1967 Austin-Healey belonged to the latter series was a convertible.