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    Lightbulb what year is my z.

    what year and month is my 240z. the vin no. is 18,144 and there's no holes in the steering wheel. thanks, timsz

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    My guess would be a mfg. date at the very end of 1970 or early 1971, likely sold as a 1971.
    If the data plate is still on the car, the date of mfg. should be noted there.
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    I looked up the Z Car Home Registry, and car hls3018124 was manufactured in 12/70, so I would guess that is the manuf. date of your car. This is Carl Beck's web site
    www.zhome.com. Look under zcar registers.

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    Have you looked at the info plate on the door jamb, or is the reason you're asking because that plate is missing?
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    I have 18147 as an 01/70 build date....

    FWIW,
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    MVander 1971 HLS30-17821 L24- original 04-71
    A. Bjeres 1971 HLS30-18490 L24 #P30-19041 04-71

    these dates and HLS30 # are from the spread sheet attached.

    http://www.editgrid.com/user/mlwilliams/Z_Car_Registry

    there are some strange HLS30 numbers on the sheet for that time period, could be a lot of mistakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Beck View Post
    I have 18147 as an 01/70 build date....

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    Carl , you mean 10/70 ? or 01/71 ?

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    [QUOTE=Unkle;317492]Carl , you mean 10/70 ? or 01/71 QUOTE]

    #18147 should be a 1/71 build.
    My records show the earliest 1/71 I have seen is #17475.
    The latest 1/71 I have seen is #20425.
    So I would estimate #18147 was built about the 2nd week of 1/71.

    There is a slim possibility that it could be a 12/70 car because I show
    #17925 as a 12/70, obviously later than the earliest, #17475. Carl
    addresses the reasons for this elsewhere, including ZHome.com.

    In any case it is nice to know of another surviving Series 1 Z.

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    Default my z is a 12/70

    thanks for all your help. my door production date says 12/70. sold as a 71. thanks again. timsz. i had the same year car 35 years ago. i was young and so dumb and sold it.

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    I noticed on the registry that a lot of build dates as late in the year as december were being counted as that model year, not the next year. If I have a build date of 9/77, and I've been told and thought for years that my car was a 78, is that accurate? How does that work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeMoore View Post
    I noticed on the registry that a lot of build dates as late in the year as december were being counted as that model year, not the next year. If I have a build date of 9/77, and I've been told and thought for years that my car was a 78, is that accurate? How does that work?
    Being as your car is dated 09/77 it was probably shipped to the US and sold and titled as a 78 in late October or November, possibly later.

    Hope that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unkle View Post
    Carl , you mean 10/70 ? or 01/71 ?
    Oops.. yes - should be 01/71.

    thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeMoore View Post
    I noticed on the registry that a lot of build dates as late in the year as december were being counted as that model year, not the next year. If I have a build date of 9/77, and I've been told and thought for years that my car was a 78, is that accurate? How does that work?
    Hi DeMoore:
    Before the 1972 "Model Year" - the various State Laws covered how automobile titles would be issued and part of the information on the Title was Make, Model and Year. So a Datsun Dealer "could" request a title for a Series I car based on its Date of Manufacture, or based on what he believed the Model was in terms of Model Year. The bottom line is that we wound up having Series I cars Sold and Titled as 1969, 1970 and 1971 Models, because that single model meet all U.S. Safety and Emissions Standards for the three years. As well as the fact that many imported models made their model change over in Jan of the Model Year.

    By the 1972 Model Year - the U.S. Federal Safety and Emissions laws more or less took the designation of "Model Year" out of the hand of the Dealers and States. These regulations were implemented by a specified Date Of Manufacture, and they changed again for 1973, again for 1974 again for 1975...

    Where Nissan made the model change over from 1970 to the Late Model 1971 in Jan. of 1971, they pulled the model change over in a few months for 1972 Model Year into 09/71.

    Since that time - With the exception of the 1975 Model Year {when the F.I. engine had not been certified in time for sale in the US} - - Nissan has made their Model change overs during 09/xx.

    So your car is most likely a 1978 Model. I say "most likely" because there always seems to be some over-lap during the Model change-overs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by timsz View Post
    what year and month is my 240z. the vin no. is 18,144 and there's no holes in the steering wheel. thanks, timsz
    Quote Originally Posted by =Enigma= View Post
    Have you looked at the info plate on the door jamb, or is the reason you're asking because that plate is missing?
    Quote Originally Posted by timsz View Post
    thanks for all your help. my door production date says 12/70. sold as a 71. thanks again. timsz. i had the same year car 35 years ago. i was young and so dumb and sold it.
    Why ask for this information when it was readily available on your door plate? Did you have some reason to doubt this info?
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