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Old 12-05-2017, 10:28 AM
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Pace car anyone!?

Gents (and ladies! Do we have any in the club!? Not counting Burnsie!)

Found this while searching for other stuff and I never appreciated the pace car history / rules. Thought it may be of interest. Seriously lovely looking car; at c.$50k I would want a little less "Fe2O3" in hidden places (see door open photo).

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location: Farmingdale, New York, 11735
Stock #: 1066
VIN #: HLS3079282
Mileage: 13465
Transmission: Manual
Exterior: Blue/White
Interior: Dark Red

Seller’s Description: 1972 DATSUN 240Z PACE CAR for sale. Motorcar Classics is pleased to present this 1972 Datsun 240Z Pace Car. In 1972 Datsun specially prepared two 1972 240Z cars to be used as the Official Pace Car(s) for the Third Annual "California 500" held on Sept. 3, 1972. It was standard practice to build two " Official Pace Cars " for an event. One would be used for promotional purposes. It would be driven around town, used for photo sessions and then presented to the winner of the race. A second car would be prepared to actually "Pace" the race. This second car usually would have it's suspension and power-train modified for higher performance, to assure that it could perform the on-track functions of a Pace Car. (that is to keep ahead of the pack of cars it was pacing ). Having thus been modified, it could no longer be Smog Certified for use on the highways. Thus the need of having one for "Show" and one for "GO". Fifty 240Z Official Pace Cars were built and delivered to Southern California Datsun Dealers Official Pace Cars during the ceremonies officially opening the " California 500 " at Ontario Motor Speedway. The foregoing information is credited to the enthusiasts and historians at the web site, who have researched the history of these Pace Cars and who say that only one of the 50 duplicate O.M.S. Pace Cars has been found, and the sole survivor is the car we have to offer you.This 1972 Official OMS Pace Car Duplicate is at present the only known survivor. One of Fifty originally produced by Nissan Motors to commemorate the DATSUN 240Z being selected by the Ontario Motor Speedway to Pace the 1972 "U.S.A.C. California 500 Championship". This car was originally purchased from Gillian Datsun in Inglewood, CA. It was driven until the early 80's with its original O.M.S. livery. The original owner tired of the graphics and painted it with a Jaguar Burgundy then drove it until the mid 80's when it was stored away. The car was pulled out of storage and sold to a friend of the owner in 2007, who began its restoration. Photos show layers of paint being peeled away revealing the original O.M.S. Blue and White colors from 1972. The car in our showroom is this car complete with the 500RACE California license plates and frames. The car is nearly complete with the exception of a few bits of trim, and we would characterize it as being in #3 condition. It is rust-free and mechanically sound. Serious offers are invited. As reference materials, we can offer two links to the documentation. Below each link is the full URL which can be copied and pasted into your browser as not all of our advertising venues support live links.The 1972 OMS Pace Car The Remaining OMS Pace Car Duplicates
Price: $49,900

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Old 12-05-2017, 10:37 AM
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That reminds me of Dean Halsey's car (a Z Club member):
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240Z '71 Built and Modified by DJR
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Old 12-05-2017, 10:38 AM
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Pace car anyone!?

Wow that ignition timing is retarded ...

OK wise ones, wouldn't the car have starting problems / run like a pooch with that timing!?

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Old 12-05-2017, 11:26 AM
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Great read and pictures. Nice photo of the 50 pace cars.
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Old 12-05-2017, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Rob Gaskin View Post
That reminds me of Dean Halsey's car (a Z Club member):
That has to be one of the best looking zeds I have ever seen....I have to build one similar to that one day.
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:48 PM
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Looks like it has had a very recent respray done at a very fast pace!
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:51 PM
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Hardly a 'matching' interior.....looks like the inside of a fish.
A new Datsun era !

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