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    Default Early 240z "Datsun" hatch emblem

    I have a couple of early 240z "Datsun" metal hatch emblems. One is hollow and one is solid. You can only tell this by looking at the backside. The solid one came from #331 (an 11/69 production car). I have read other posts about early quater panel and hatch 240z emblems with a solid chrome Z instead of the painted white Z. I think Chris had mentioned that there were two versions of this, one that was hollow on the back and one that was solid. Does anyone else with an early car have a solid Datsun hatch emblem?

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    I'd have to say that the solid is the earlier. Datsun probably found that the hollow was more affordable to make and conformed to the body easier than the solid one, so they changed it.

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    As I understand from a conversation I had with Matsuo-san in Long Beach, the solid cast emblems are from the original prototype molds and were replaced with the hollow casting. That's pretty cool, Mike. All my old emblems are going to be re-chromed and restored. Too bad one can't tell the difference once the emblem is on the car!
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    If you can't tell the difference - why put them on the car? Just build a double glass sided display case and keep the solid core's for display/conversation pieces. Put the hollow core's on the car.

    Both my "DATSUN" scripts from the decklid, are hollow from #20 and #587... The 240Z Scripts from the quarter panels are solid, and the 240Z script from the trunk lid is hollow (only have one, and it's not from either car)

    I don't recall ever seeing a solid DATSUN script from the decklid... neat... I'd keep it for display..

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    I am with Carl. I have replaced all the emblems on my car with new ones mostly plastic. I still have the metal ones and will keep them for displays later.
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    #248 had all solid emblems, incuding a couple NOS solid emblems that came with the car.

    I'll try to get some pics of the emblems.

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    Hey Bryan, let me know if you want to sell any of your early emblems.

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