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USDM vs. JDM Z-Car Battle!

Restomod S30s built to the highest level on two different continents go head-to-head

Mar 27, 2020
Photographers: Viet Nguyen, Streetmetal

It's not fair, pitting two of the finest examples of Z-car restomods against one another but that's what makes our SS Battle series so interesting. This time around we bring you Daniel Song's pure as snow 240Z and a Fairlady Z built by Japanese restomod gurus, Speed Forme. There's a method to the madness here in that beyond the obvious chassis similarities, both cars have been methodically built by very well-known sources on both sides of the pond.

So, which one outshines the other in your opinion? Head over to the Super Street Instagram page to voice your opinion on which one you prefer...if that's even possible as both are just so damn good.

Daniel Song 72 240Z Type 1 Front Air Dam Photo 13/13   |   USDM vs. JDM Z-Car Battle!

Built by JDM Legends in the U.S.

Daniel Song's '72 240Z is actually a collaborative effort with the restomod gawds at JDM Legends. The project started in Song's garage and eventually made its way to the Legends garage along with a camera crew that followed along on the short-lived JDM Legends television show. It's all about attention to detail and its carbureted L28 was singing loud and proud on screens across the country. Here's the full story on the build.

Makoto Kawauchi 76 Fairlady Z Speed Forme Front Lip Photo 13/13   |   USDM vs. JDM Z-Car Battle!

Speed Forme of Japan's Demo Z

This '76 Fairlady Z built by Speed Forme of Japan is also motivated by an L28 on a high carb diet but rather than angelic white they chose to go with a devilish Lotus green. Both cars rely on Volk TE37V but in this case, it's muted matte black rather than the gunmetal used on Song's S30. Speed Forme's homebuilt carbon flares, sideskirts and rear underpanel change the look of the Z without getting away from the sultry silhouette. We've got the full story and gallery for you right here

More Z-car perfection from previous SS features:
Pikes Peak Challenger 240Z build
1973 240z restoration

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