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The Godfather: Rejean and Richard Desjardins' 1970 Datsun 240Z
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The Datsun name might have died in the mid ’80s in place of the Nissan nameplate, but the brand is coming back in 2014 as a low-cost label to be tested in emerging markets like China, India and Brazil.

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For those who remember Datsun, the news is bittersweet. The company became synonymous with high-performance sports cars world because of the 240Z. The grandfather to Nissan’s 350Z and 370Z, the 240Z was the hottest car in the early 1970s and still has a worldwide cult following.

Among these people are Rejean and Richard Desjardins from Moncton, New Brunswick. When we caught wind of this father-son’s re-worked 240Z, we knew we had to get it into the magazine.

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Desjardins updated the vehicle with a few modern touches without taking away from the car’s heritage. This is a 240Z through and through but, upon closer inspection, there are modern touches that make even non-classic car enthusiasts turn their heads.

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The classic-contemporary design philosophy is evident in the bodywork. Wrapped around an MSA Type 3 body kit, the car is definitely wider and meaner than the original. The added grille on the front fender in particular gives the car a menacing demeanor that is popular in modern sports cars, while not taking away from the 240’s distinctive sleek angles.

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The body is the main modification, but other exterior changes also blend the old with the new, such as halogen glass headlights and chrome accents around the car and a carbon fiber taillight accent piece. Pop open the hood and the same design philosophy is also apparent.

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