Datsun 280ZX Go-Kart

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We like to check out what’s going on at the Datsun Heritage Museum every couple of months or so, as they’re always changing the cars around and adding more cool exhibits. On our most recent trip there we spotted this cool little 280ZX-shaped go-kart on display.

Ignore the stickers for a moment. This was an actual Datsun promotional piece from back in the day, created as part of an ad campaign when the 280ZX was new. Datsun commissioned the bodies and placed them over standard single-seat lawn-mower engined go-karts and brought them to various dealerships and events. Recently, the DHM found this piece of Datsun history and acquired it for their collection.

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The paint and decals aren’t original, as you may have guessed by the “NISMO” and “Nissan” logos – this was when the brand was still known as Datsun in the US. The “240Z” label is obviously wrong, and we’re going to go out on a limb here and say that the “G Spot” racing sticker with the silhouette of a nude woman in repose is probably not period correct.

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And why yes, that’s is Kelvin Hiraishi’s RB25-powered 240Z that was on the cover of JNC Issue 1, now on display in the museum, along with the double-headed Datsun F-10 that was at the ZCCIV show last month. The museum plans to return the go-kart to it’s original paint scheme based on old photos, so if you have any to contribute please let them know.

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5 Responses to Datsun 280ZX Go-Kart

  1. Bob said:

    Very cool. Do you think they need any parts for a real 280ZX? :lol:

  2. Dan said:

    Nice! I love how their collection is always on rotation so there’s something new to see every time I go =)

  3. nlpnt said:

    There was a Subaru Brat one too.

  4. CLe4R said:

    It says 240Z on the back…

  5. robert birdwell said:

    This is great i have that go kart body on my go kart. I have a 13hp motor and it will go about 90 to 100 mph. I am loooking to may be change the shape of the front end any thoughts.

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