Name: 1973 Datsun 240Z
Year(s) Produced: 1970-1973
Number Built: 45,588
Class: Sports car
Body Type: 2-door hatchback coupe
Engine: 146.1 Nissan L24 Line 6
Power: 151hp @ 5600 RPM
0-60mph: 8.2 seconds
Top Speed: 121mph
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Length/width/height: 162.8 in./ 64.2 in./ 50.6 in.
Wheelbase: 90.7 in.
Base Price: US$4,690
Highest Price: US$50,500 (Hagerty)
Last Monday, we published our take on the top ten celebrities known for their classic cars. We’re glad that it caught your attention and you deemed it worthwhile so as to hit the share button several times. Looking back at our list, I have to admit that famous as these celebrities are, it’s kind of easy to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Not all celebrities – and I know you’ll agree with me on this – chooses to buy a fancy car for the pure love of it. Perhaps with tons of cash to burn, some or most of them just fancy themselves getting a classic. As SpeedHunters columnist Mike Garrett aptly observes, “There’s always been a big difference between the real car lovers and the celebrities who just buy exotic and expensive vehicles because it’s the cool thing to do – or simply because they can afford it. They might own the flashy machinery, but how many truly appreciate them from an automotive standpoint?”
A few names come to mind whenever we think about celebrities who are respectable genuine car enthusiasts: we have the likes of Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfield, Adam Carolla, Tim Allen, and Patrick Dempsey just to name a few. For these artists, the classic cars that they have represent more than just a way to spend their earnings.
The late Paul Walker is another good example of a celebrity that is a true car guy and legitimate motor head. His alter ego in the Fast and Furious franchise is a perfect expression of the actor’s passion for cars whenever he is off camera. But Paul isn’t the only member of the gang that has a respectable motor head life outside the glitz of show business.
Korean-American star of Fast and Furious, Sung Kang, poses with his 1973 Datsun 240Z, FuguZ.
In a special feature of Speed Hunters, the spotlight is turned on towards the Korean-American actor Sung Kang who played the role of Han in the fast paced series. Unknown to most, he is as serious to his love for cars as he with his acting career. The rest of the world became aware of this when Sung Kang revealed his venerable 1973 Datsun 240Z better known as FuguZ during last fall’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
Sung’s FuguZ was built in partnership with GReddy USA. It was a car that was developed out of sheer passion for the craft by some friends and close associate of Sung’s. Being a Porsche owner, Sung had a liking towards a 911. However, due to the sky rocketing cost of classic 911 at that time, Sung opted to shift gears and turn his attention to another car that will reflect the feel and nostalgia of his generation towards these vehicles.
The perfect choice came in the form of a solid ’73 Z that Sung found for sale in the California desert. Sung initially thought of undertaking a mild project with his desert barn find, but as Garret reported, “Originally his [Sung Kang] plans called for a mild project that would simply refresh the old car rather than completely transform it, but as others caught wind of the project on social media, the build quickly grew in scope.”
Photo courtesy of Speed Hunters’ Larry Chen
So after months of planning and many late nights at the GReddy’s shop, the FuguZ made a debut just in time for SEMA debut. Donned with a TRA-Kyoto Pandem Rocket Bunny body kit with Kei Miura’s usual JDM-touch and style cues, the FuguZ was a sight to behold.
While Sung never intended his car to be a showstopper, the FuguZ had attracted the attention of the world, winning several awards including ‘Best Import’ during the SEMA, and ‘Best in Show’ at the annual Gran Turismo Awards.
No matter how much trophies his car brings home, for Sung, the countless hours of wrenching, hanging out with friends, and collaboratively building something cool, are the priceless rewards that any car guy can ever have.