Photo Credit: Larry Chen – SpeedHunters
You could say that Jun Imai knows how to design a custom Datsun. After all, he’s a Hot Wheels designer by day and after a spectacular build of a 1971 Datsun 510 Wagon, Imai wanted to create a works-style racer for the road. The result is this phenomenal “Imai Works” 1974 Datsun 260Z.
Knowing he needed the right exhaust sound to complete this work of art, Imai reached out to BORLA for a custom-built system that was fabricated at the company’s R&D Department in Oxnard, CA to incorporate ATAK® mufflers for a suitably aggressive engine note. Like all BORLA exhausts, it was constructed from aerospace-grade T304 stainless steel to ensure it won’t need to be replaced ever again.
After discovering the 260Z in less than ideal condition, Imai transformed the vehicle by refinishing or replacing everything in the engine compartment. Then Imai began adding more character to the vehicle…
The distinctive Arita Speed works-style fender flares were shipped from Japan to house the massive Work Meister CR01 wheels and Yokohama ADVAN Neova A048 tires. Imai even designed his own chin spoiler, enhancing the works-style look he was aiming for while simultaneously allowing the flares to fit without a G-nose.
Rounding out the additional goodies is a three-piece rear wing (a lucky Craigslist find), Koyorad radiator, Nardi steering wheel (a $10 Japanese swap meet find), TRD-style race seat and Exedy clutch.
Imai trusted BORLA to complete his work of art and create a custom exhaust. If you’re looking to add a BORLA exhaust to your vehicle, contact us or learn more about our exhaust systems.
For more information about the the Datsun 260Z build in Imai’s own words, check out the SpeedHunters article