SharmCos - Hi, thanks, unfortunately as far as I am aware, the C10 skylines weren't available in the UK, I didnt think they were available outside Japan tbh but I must admit its early days for me with regards to facts anf figures about these cars in particular. I am sure someone would clear it up though.
I'm not 100% sure but I think there were no RHD exports. There seems to be a handful of 2400GT LHD sedans sold in some European markets but I think the numbers were only in the hundreds.
It seems that its a better option to buy an GTR Clone rather than hunt for an original GT/GTX and do it yourself. being out of the country of origin and not speaking the language would make parts sourcing very difficult and probably alot more expensive in the long run having them shipped etc. I dont mind getting my hands dirty with an engine, electrics, bodywork, paint etc, but its better to have the original parts there to begin with that may need tarting up or repairing rather than sourcing them in the 1st place.
I think that's a sensible approach. If you spend a bit of time looking over what's on sale at goo-net, you'll notice that the great majority of C10 coupes are already converted to GTR-look. There are relatively few stock C10 coupes left, and I'd say that if you did find a little-old-lady example that was in great solid nick, it would be a shame to cut it up, when there are so many converted clones to choose from. Hence your chances of finding a good clone are far greater, due to the greater numbers of them.
Surprisingly a lot of restoration parts are available for these things, but you're right, to buy every little doodad and spoiler from Japan as you need them will cost a fortune.
Kev, I must ask, prior to purchasing your car did you drive one, or even see one in the flesh? I must admit it is a concern to me spending out that sort of money on a car you havent seen (which is the chance you take on an iport) but more so even seeing another one and just sietting inside to get a feel for things. TBH nothing can change your mind if you want one badly enough but do you know where I'm coming from?
By the time I'd decided to buy one, I knew I was in love with the way they look. I'd seen Hakos in Japan before, and there are a few in Sydney, so I'd sat in one (a non-runner though) before I bought mine. But I'm quite familiar with the older Zeds, so I had a reasonably good idea of how they'd drive.
I'd say that there's only a very slim chance that you'll be disapponted with the way they look in the flesh (most ppl think it looks much better in the flesh than in pictures). And if you like the way a 1st gen Zed drives, then a Hako is quite similar. I reckon a Hako has vaguer steering and you don't sit over the back axle like you do in a Zed, but apart from that, they're quite similar to drive.
If you don't like old cars with heavy pedals and steering, that get hot in the summer, then you're not going to like it. But speaking for myself, once I got mine on the road, I wasn't disappointed. It's a great, fun car to drive, heaps of grunt and a real muscle car character. And it's got great tuning potential and you can get these things humming along quite fast. And with a set of Webers, they make a terrific noise
I think that may be a difficult thing for me to do. I've not been aware of any GTR 2dr coupe's or clones in the UK and the only one I do know of is sat on a driveway being unused and unloved. I've only ever seen a pic of it and no nothing about it, or its owner.
Well there is a real 2000GTR in the UK and it's owned by HS30-H on this forum. It's not a roadcar though, but in historic racer trim.
No Kev, you are eating a duck fetus.