Correction Regarding Albrecht Goertz

monterey2007026In recent months we’ve been fighting a battle to debunk the commonly circulated “myths” that Count Albrecht Goertz designed some of Japan’s most famous sports cars, like the Toyota 2000GT and Nissan Fairlady Z/Datsun 240Z. Our own JNCers have spoken out against other Goertz claims like the CSP311 Silvia. We’ve gotten some flack for our stance, and our recent trip to Japan offered us a rare opportunity to do some research on the ground.

Well, it’s time to issue a correction. We are humbled and embarrased to report that we were wrong. Goertz did indeed design all three cars. Not only that, he also held the pen for numerous other famous nostalgics of the era. During his contract with Nissan, he also designed what would become the 1968 Nissan “hakosuka” Skyline. Toyota was so impressed with his work on the 2000GT that they asked him to style the 1968 KE10 Corolla and 1967′s flagship Century. Mazda, which wasn’t going to sit by while Nissan and Toyota stole all the glory, then commissioned the design of the 1967 Cosmo Sports from Goertz.

We pride ourselves on accuracy, and apologize sincerely that our previous writings misinformed so thoroughly. You will never hear the names Nozaki or Matsuo ever with respect to the 2000GT and S30 Z on JNC again.

Also, April Fools. Thanks to Burabuda for this idea!

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20 Responses to Correction Regarding Albrecht Goertz

  1. Mr.L.J. Nordvik said:

    Good one! :-D

  2. Nigel said:

    Had me going for a minute there…

  3. Sr-FairladyZ said:

    That was wrong. lol

  4. J.Ramirez (zetozeto99) said:

    Haha.. had me for a second. I was like… wtf? Haha.

  5. Brad D. (TSiSS350) said:

    Wow, you guys are the first ones to get me…… thanks :)

  6. HoTWire said:

    cue Alan in 5…4… … wait …. Oh I see what you did there.. :)

  7. DrewTSi_Si_STi said:

    I don’t know what to believe any more.

  8. j.a.c.k said:

    damn you! you had me going there for a moment! hahaha.

  9. Blownarrow said:

    FTW! ……. wait what?

  10. BuddyJ said:

    I knew it was a dupe as soon as I saw the headline, but it made me smile nonetheless. Well played.

  11. You had me going there for a while.
    I thought I’d dive into my 50-year collection of R&T (that I started when I was in 8th grade back in ’53) and start looking for articles. I was positive the mentioned cars were Goertz-designed, but never quite got around to digging in the archives…
    As an aside, Goertz also designed the absolutely drop-dead gorgeous BMW 507. While out of character considering his “taste” in cars – even Elvis owned one when he served in Germany.

  12. GEN2TWINCAM said:

    John Surtees is a big proponent of the beautiful 507. And he can actually drive :-)

    As for Goertz, I’m glad you guys didn’t debunk my belief that he styled the Veg-O-Matic! A true classic.

  13. j_c said:

    Nice one, guys.

  14. Pickle said:

    Geeze it’s not even April Fools anymore and you guys still got me lol. In fact you guys were the only ones that got me at all.

  15. jgarcia said:

    you got me!

  16. Jaysus, you guys got me alright. I was thinking but how could it be?

    Still a wonderful image of a 2000GT all the same.

  17. G-zilla said:

    Totally got me!!

  18. Rob said:

    Wow that was mean…

  19. Rob said:

    Wow that was mean… you got me!!!!

  20. ProTree said:

    awww shizzz. u got me on the tata/prince joke and now this

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