In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we celebrate the color green, aka midori in Japanese. It was prevalent in the golden age of JNCs, from drab military olives to citrusy limes.
What’s the best shade of JNC green?
In 1983 Suntory Brewery’s Midori Melon liqueur sponsored a contest in which the grand prize was a brand new Datsun 280ZX, slathered in a bespoke shade of green. As far as we know there was only one like it, making it quite possibly the rarest S130 color there is.
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, “Which JNC are you never sellin’?”
This week’s winner is Troggie42, owner of a German-spec Series 3 Mazda RX-7 that’s seen everything from the Nurburgring to a cross-Atlantic trip back home. Wel’ll let him tell you about it in his own words.
Mine’s my 1984 RX-7.
It’s an oddball Euro spec model, which is rare in the states. It has the 12A engine with all the GSL-SE drivetrain goodies like the LSD and 4 wheel discs. Sure won’t help the resale value that the speedo reads in km/h, though. I got this thing a few years back while stationed in Germany. My dad had an ’84 he let me drive a few times while I was in high school, and it was an absolute blast. Really my first love for a car, and what sparked my interest in the much-loved and much-maligned rotary engine. The way it revved so smoothly and effortlessly was amazing to a young me, and that feeling has continued in to my adult age.
I went through a few early 90s BMW 5-Series cars (E34 generation if you know the numbers) and a 7-Series of similar vintage while I was over there, I had gone over with an ’08 Mazdaspeed3, but the insurance demands of German roads got the better of my paychecks and I had to let it go. I had a few friends with S13s over there, and they were all trying to convince me to get one so I had something to toy with since the BMW mods were prohibitively expensive. I didn’t really want an S13, so I decided to look for an RX-7 like my dad had. After about a year of searching and a bit of a setback after I had to spend my saved cash on another E34 after I casually put one in to a guardrail after being a bit overzealous with the brakes around a turn, I managed to find and buy the one I’ve got today.
I bought it near Frankfurt, and drove it back to Ramstein, and of course on the way the gasket blew for the water pump. I limped it back with the help of my friend who drove me up there and it sat in my garage, waiting on new gaskets. After that was done, I did a bit of tinkering here and there to get it declared roadworthy, and then it was time for a field trip.
My S13 buddies (and one guy with an R32 skyline) went to the Nürburgring for some laps. The whole way up, they were ribbing me that it was going to blow up, that my apex seals would be littered on the carousel, all the usual rotary jokes. Well, after the first glorious lap of that hallowed ground, I managed to beat them back to the parking lot somehow, and waited for them to return. It turns out that both of their CA18DET cars had the identical problem of the turbo backing off of the manifold. Strangely, my little wankelmobile had zero issues making it around, so in true Top Gear fashion, I left them behind and went for another lap.
While I was out there, I got passed by everything but a Diesel Panamera, but I am proud as hell of my slow 12:36 time for a lap, because that car followed me back home to America, and is currently sitting outside my house, waiting for its hibernation to end. The coolant seals finally decided to give up the ghost after I worked out all of the other issues with the cooling system. It sits, waiting for a rebuild of its little tired 120k mile 12a so that it may fight another day. After that? Well, let’s just say that the gods are going to bless that wonderful little car with another rotor and a turbine some day, and it will be reborn as the touge stormer it deserves to be, rather than the tired old sports car it currently is.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!