Biodynamics and Classic Japanese Cars

I couldn’t resist that title, sorry.

Maybe it’s because I grew up in the southern Californian auto business, but I’ve always had a place in my heart for classic Japanese cars. I even drive one, the 1976 Datsun 280 ZX seen below pulled off to side of highway 128 in Anderson Valley.

Anyway, the New York Times ran an interesting little article on the increasing collectibility of old Datsuns/Nissans (read it here). While I would love to own a 1972 240 Z, my little ’76 is pretty damn reliable, to say nothing of being quite fast. It’s also yellow. We won’t speak of gas mileage.

(There’s also a nifty slideshow at the NYT showing a few cherry Datsuns from over the years.)

Changing the subject from my wine country getaway mobile to something more vinous, over at Wine & Spirits you’ll find a series of short profiles and tasting notes on wines featured at Josh Greene’s seminar on biodynamics and natural wine at this year’s VinItaly. The seminar itself was lively and fun, and the audience–including some representatives of the Italian edition of Vanity Fair–really dug the proceedings. Anyway, the post will be updated Wednesday and Friday to include all 8 wineries from the presentation. Read the first batch here.

Lastly, my friend and colleague Peter Liem has been profiled by Tom Wark over at Fermentation (thanks for the shout out, Peter!). For those of you not familiar with Tom’s Bloggerview feature, it’s a somewhat regularly updated collection of profiles of the many bloggers posting in the eno blogosphere. I’ve found many a distraction here, and I’m sure you will too.

3 thoughts on “Biodynamics and Classic Japanese Cars

  1. i don’t know what it is about the Japanese, but they are MONSTERS of industrial design, I attend CCS (a school know for it’s automotive design major) for a few years and was consistently blown away buy the car designs of the kids who’s life goal it was to work for Japanese car companies. and people wonder why Americas Automotive industry is tanking, i have four words for you, Gas Guzzling Ugly SUV’s, well maybe it’s 3 words and an acronym, but you get the picture.

  2. Uhm. Guess what. You already own a 240z!!! Well kind of. The 240z, 260z, and 280z, all have S30 chassis code and are basically the same car except for a few differences. Engine size is different as noted by the numbers. 240 = 2.4L, 260 = 2.6L. And the 260 and 280 Z’s have different taillights than a 240Z. The bumpers are different but can be interchanged. And the dashboards are slightly different. Apart from that most parts are interchangeable like fenders, hoods, hatches, seats and many many more. How does it feel to have your dream car without even knowing it :D. Have fun.

  3. OH btw 280ZX dindnt go into production untill 79 i believe. That is a totally different car with similar styling to the S30’s. Its chassis is S130. IF you would like to learn more about the Z’s i reccomend

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