6 Nov 2004, 06:52 PM
Just a little note.....I have a copy of an Australian Wheels Magazine from the mid 70's with a small writeup about the 240K GL. It mentions they were badged as GL and not GT as insurance companies were not keen on insuring any vehicles badged as GT.
6 Nov 2004, 08:59 PM
Well spotted! The 240K had a rocky start marketing wise in Australia. Dropped right in it during 1. Fuel Crisis and 2. Supercar hysteria. As Ray (Prince) pointed out Nissan had the GT-R on hand as well but didn't make it out of Japan officially due to "Servicing concerns of the S20". To mix metaphors we can look back with 20-20 hindsight and read between the lines, thats political lines of the time. Any hint of high performance was removed as cars of this type were seen to be anti-social, using too much precious resources in the way of fuel, too much horsepower getting into the hands of the inexperienced...that sort of thing, not the image Nissan wanted to align itself with, bustin' it's ball joints to get into the family car market.Don't forget the power of the insurance industry came into political play. So Nissan did a quick "240k GT? no no mate....itsa GL, lovely finish, smoove ride...OOH LOOK, a seagull!!(yoink!)see? not a GT badge in sight!!"
You will find evidence of a few early escapees with variations of 240 K GT, Datsun GT badging. More common in Europe.
Can you post a pic of your Wagon Steve? I think I may have a brochure hereabouts of a skyway?