You see some strange sights in Japan. Like this field full of abandoned Datsun 240Zs and 260Zs for instance. How did they get there? And why?
Datsun Z cars have long been high on Japan’s classic car A-list and are definitely now collectable. So your jaw hits the deck when you see these lovely original Zs just left there, parked up on
his remote hillside outside Odawara.
Whoever set it all up certainly has a big thing for Nissans. There was a 280ZX there as well, and a Pao. I first came across this lot earlier on this year. I went back up there again the other day and there they still were. I still wonder what’s the real story here.
When I first came to Japan, I used to jog past a Jensen Interceptor in Tokyo that hadn’t moved in aeons. Then there were two blue early Porsche 928s that lived by the side of the road in the Hakone mountains, left to their own devices. I must have driven past them dozens of times. Then, just like the Jensen, one day
But there’s more. Every time I go to Honda’s Twin Ring Motegi, I stop and pay my respects to a remarkable collect
on of cars that has been gathering grass outside the circuit for years. The owner this time must be some real Anglophile for there are two ‘60s era Singer Vogues, a Hillman Minx, Humber Sceptre and Sunbeam Alpine – yes, in Japan.
Keeping them company were a pair of Alfa Romeo 2000 Berlinas and various Honda Civics. Again, what are they all doing there? Still, it’s the Datsun
Z cars in Odawara that really have me intrigued. Maybe
I should make the owner an offer – whoever he is.