"We've had a thing about Datsun's sporty Z cars since when they were the hottest, newest sporty Jap on the market. Call the designation the Fairlady if you like, but we'll always think of the long nosed beauty as the "
Honda Z: First Generation
You can take you’re Datsun Z cars. For us, the coolest motor rock the alphabet’s last digit is Honda’s sweet little kei-car. It was phased out all too quickly by the all-conquering and perennial Civic in 1973 – but for us the softer, rounded lines are much more pleasing to the eye than the first gen Civic.
It was originally marketed as a sports coupé version of the 600 – it used the same engine and the running gear was more or less the same. And, coming into the world at the time of the oil crisis of the early seventies – its brilliant fuel consumption was extremely timely.
You still see a few of these lurking around contemporary city streets. It’s high up on our spotters hit list: and check out its appearance in the cult Aussie film, still one of our quirky faves – called Malcolm.
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