Introduced to the American market in 1970, the Nissan 240Z saw great success in the Sports Car Club of America racing series with John Morton driving Peter Brock’s BRE Datsun team’s 240Z to the SCCA’s C Production national title in 1970 and 1971.

After the monumental debut in the first two years, the car continued to have moderate success in America for the next few years.

In line with the “Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday” motorsports axiom, the 240Z caught the imagination of the American auto market and credited by some as the catalyst behind the JDM craze.

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Personally though, I bought this model when I had no idea about the car or the whole JDM craze among collectors.

The only reason at that point was the #46, (which I used to see on a lot of bikes in India and which I found out was MotoGP star Valentino Rossi’s number), plus the red white and blue colors.

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So this is a model I bought loose on AliExpress. This is a 1/43 scale model by DelPrado and while it does not have any opening parts (and less than stellar paint job - that front end paint is horrendous), it certainly fits into my collection.

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