Despite lacking the slick production values popular with online classic car videos these days, Australia’s Shannons Club TV is our favorite series on the web. That’s because they have real, well-researched, and informative content that doesn’t simply parrot conventional wisdom. Watch this video on the Datsun 240Z and you’ll see what we mean.
Right off the bat, hosts John Wright and Mark Oastler skip the bromides about the Z being a “poor man’s [insert more expensive European sports car here],” instead calling it “a true original” and “nothing less than the reinvention of the sports car.”
Most US outlets seem unable to give proper credit to Nissan for designing a proper performance car, but the Aussies don’t demur. “From it’s inception the Z was radical, a dedicated new sports coupe not based on any existing vehicle, unlike the Ford Mustang and our own Holden Monaro,” Wright states.
And, whereas most Americans know the Z only as a road racer, Oastler takes a global view and recognizes the Z’s tremendous rallying successes. Citing two wins and a 1-2 upset of the Porsche 911, he even calls it the “ultimate car for the Safari [Rally].”
There’s also an informative lesson on the Z’s little known (to us Yanks, at least) Australian rallying history, a heartwarming segment with an owner who restored a 1972 240Z, and a market watch that suggests Z prices have doubled in Australia since 2012.
The Z has probably had more words written about it than any Japanese car in history, so it’s not often you see a refreshing take. That alone makes this video worth watching. For more videos on cars Japanese or otherwise, check out the Shannons Insurance YouTube channel.