Throughout 70s and 80s decal packages were a fact of life. Some were awesome, some were awesomely bad, but they were emblematic of the era.
What’s the coolest factory decal package?
We don’t know if it’s the greatest, but Mazda‘s 1977 RX-3 SP stripe kit was added to give the aging sport coupe a bit of zing before it was to be replaced by the game-changing RX-7. The decals and concomitant spoilers added nothing to the bottom line performance of the rotary housed within, but it is a sought after edition today and something unique to the North American market.
What say you, dear reader? As always, the most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a toy. Click through to see the winner of the last QotW, “What would you do with a Nissan IDx?“
This week’s winner has been one of the most vocal commenters on the topic of Nissan’s reborn small FR coupe. Clearly, Randy has given this question much thought, and his answer sounds like the kind of machine we’d want to drive.
I’m gonna go the opposite direction. I’ll take what would have been showroom-available back before I was even playing with the toy versions, and drag it to today.
First off, 1968 Datsun Turquoise – maybe; maybe Ivory with a burgundy interior? A light color. Colors to be determined. Put narrow, chrome strips around the grey wheel well trim, and a slightly wider trim above the grey rocker trim. Chrome trim on the taillight assemblies. Chrome door handles, and around the side windows.
Most likely, we’re getting the mirrors mounted at the front, lower corner of the windows. If they’re the same shape and style of the IDx, just mounted U.S.-style, or say, a bullet-style (think Shelby Cobra mirrors), lets chrome them, too.
DOWNsize the wheels, going with either:
- Full wheel covers in “chrome” (maybe straight wires that look somewhat like those Honda S800 spoke wheel covers) and whitewalls, OR
- Body-colored wheels (smoothie/genny style) – if the measurements work out – with chrome/stainless steel center caps and trim rings, with raised white letter tires.
Fog lights (leaning toward round ones) mounted at the outer ends of the lower grille.
The aftermarket should, within a year of the car’s appearance, be providing (1) chrome grille overlays/replacements, for either side of the “V,” and (2) dash kits, of which, I’ll go with the bright, brushed aluminum.
Assuming the panel between the taillights is black, replace it with brushed aluminum, too.
Oh yeah, and in case I haven’t mentioned it before:
STICK SHIFT! STICK SHIFT! STICK SHIFT!
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!