Nissan StorieZ Episode 1: Like Father, Like Son

Family Ties

For father and son Edward and Jonathan Buhler, their Z story began with a 1973 Datsun 240Z. This is a car that is woven through their family’s history, first purchased by Edward in 1978. As time passed and the 240Z odometer ticked away, memories were made including being driven to daycare, learning to change the oil in the driveway as a kid and, of course, the day that Jonathan turned 15.

“I always wished I could drive my father’s Z, and I never thought my wish would come true,” said Buhler.

The keys to the coveted Z would end up in the hands of young Jonathan in 2005 for his 15th birthday, and a father-son restoration project would begin.


“From the minute we stepped into our garage workshop for the first time, I knew that this experience was going to be memorable,” added Buhler. “For me to get the keys to the car it would need to have perfect braking, be safe to drive and the power would need to be controllable; we had our work set out for us.”

After many late nights in the garage, the duo achieved their goal and Jonathan sped off into the future in search of creating new StorieZ that would lead to college, a wedding and a dream job at Nissan Americas.


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Nissan first came to the United States to sell vehicles in 1958 and began importing and making Datsun vehicles in the United States under the Nissan Motor Corporation in U.S.A. (NMC), name in 1960. In 1990, Nissan North America Inc. (NNA), was created to coordinate all of Nissan’s various activities in North America to enhance the design, development, manufacturing, and marketing of Nissan vehicles. In 1998, the two organizations merged operations under the Nissan North America, Inc., name. Headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee, Nissan’s North American operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing for the United States, Canada, and Mexico.