The Hunt for the Perfect Z

Post by Mark

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It’s been just over two weeks since I started looking for a classic Datsun Z and what an experience it has been. I’ve been mostly using the 4Sale app to find a car and I’ve noticed a few things in common between all the sellers:

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– None speak english no matter how basic I kept my language as you can see above. So, I resorted to installing the Arabic keyboard on my phone and with the help of Google Translate communicate with them. In the end I realized it’s just easier to call them since I talk better than I write Arabic.

– All the Z sellers I called up (and by all I mean ALL) had the Koran play when you called them up instead of the usual dial tone

– They all lived in areas I had never really been to like Omairiya, Dahar, Qurain etc..

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Qurain is one of the areas I went to twice, first time to meet an owner of one of the cars I wanted to check out and the second time to the used car lots in “Aswaq Qurain”. Those car lots had a bunch of interesting cars for sale from the latest Range Rovers and Ferraris to classic 70s Porsches and 60s Stingray.

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While there I spotted a like new condition red 1983 Datsun 280z with only 52km on the clock which is basically 0 mileage (pictured above). The price? KD7,000 which honestly isn’t THAT expensive for what is essentially a brand new car from the 80s.

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But while I was originally looking for an 80s Z, during my search I started falling in love with the older 70s Z. The simple wooden steering wheel by itself was enough of a reason but combined with the much simpler interior with less electronics and what I now think is a nicer exterior, I knew thats what I wanted. But they’re also harder to find, I just found 4 over the past two weeks and neither one of them were in great condition with all needing a lot of work. I was actually pulling the trigger on the silver blue one pictured on top of this post but backed out an hour before I finalized the paperwork because I realized it would need a lot more work (aka $$$$) than I was willing to put into it.

So right now I’m going to continue looking for the perfect Z. I’ve heard their prices are going to increase since they recently allegedly got banned from being imported into Kuwait because of the shenanigans involved with the cars. But hopefully I’ll end up finding what I’m looking for.


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34 comments, add your own...


  1. maged says:

    Did you came across any 60’s mustangs been looking desperately for one on the past few monthly

  2. David says:

    Banning cars. Makes about as much sense as not being able to buy a pickup truck in Kuwait if your a non Kuwaiti. Made in America and banned to Americans. Twilight Zone….

  3. Mohammer says:

    +1 post, Mark, referencing past post, keeping us up to date. I appreciate your transparency by putting yourself out there. These on going sagas make me want to keep returning to your blog, which I assume is the (indirect) goal. I can easily put myself in your shoes which your descriptive writing style. While I am not looking for buying a vintage car, our commonality is that we are both expats in Kuwait.

    Keep it up and thank you.

    May you find what you are looking and may it be what you hoped for.

  4. Kuwait says:

    Get the new Chiron and make a real statement Mr.248 :)

  5. Ipsom says:

    Good luck!

  6. Dun says:

    Mark the 3gedy :)

  7. LonghornInKuwait says:

    What about clean lookin Skyline? I have seen some nice ones around

  8. LOL says:

    Youshould take note that for 15 KD in shuwaikh you can lower your car’s milage to whatever you want. So never count on that.

    • Mark says:

      Sure, you can set the mileage to zero if you want but that won’t reset the condition of the car back to zero either.

      • teenum says:

        That’s not what LOL meant. He was trying to say that if you find a car with less mileage, it probably might not be with less mileage because it’s easy to tamper with the odometer in Kuwait. For example, people trying to jack up the prices saying that it has been hardly used, but in reality it might be a beater car just restored.

  9. Hutz says:

    Any chance you got see how much that white Porsche was going for?

  10. Aziz says:

    Good luck on your journey. I had the same one about 3 years ago and when I set out to rebuild a classic mini. Unfortunately prices and policies here make vintage car building quite an expensive hobby. On that note, if a hobby car is what you looking for a old classic mini is a great start, lots of spares, relatively low cost and easy to build and maimtain as it is a very basic car.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been looking for a 3rd gen Camaro IROC Z edition. I love them because they have that retro 80s futuristic feel if you know what I mean.

  12. Omar says:

    “– All the Z sellers I called up (and by all I mean ALL) had the Koran play when you called them up instead of the usual dial tone”

    Koran ?
    Mark, It is spelled as Quran OR “Qur’an” only

    Writing “Koran” for Quran is the same as writing “Moslem” for Muslim

    Thanks


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