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Nissan's Untold Conspiracy | Up to Speed

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Nissan’s first Z brought exotic European performance and looks to the masses. It's history's most important sports car, full stop. But it almost didn’t happen. In fact, it took a conspiracy to make it happen. Without a small group of enthusiasts working against Nissan’s corporate wishes, the automotive landscape of the past 50 years would be unrecognizable. The Datsun 240Z is that big of a deal! This story is weirder than we ever expected. Put on your tinfoil hats and get ready for a trip down the rabbit hole with host James Pumphrey, this is everything you need to know to get Up To Speed on the conspiracy to build the first Nissan Z!

A massive thank you to internationally-renowned Datsun S30 Z expert Carl Beck for helping us get the facts straight on this episode, and for letting us dip into his image archive. We literally couldn’t have done this without him! He’s an incredible asset to the Z world, and has some amazing Zs in his collection. Check out his site, .

High five to the Editorial Gangsta Ryan Hailey for smushing all the bits together and adding his patented spice. Dig his ROfilm channel for the lulz:

Thanks to Raghav Arumugam for all those boat rocker animations. Check his ROfilm channel for more:

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Comentarii: 1 823 

  1. Bradley Johnson

    Bradley Johnson

    Acum oră

    What’s up with James’ shirt? Why is something blurred out?

  2. 10ftDeep


    Acum 23 ore

    Something about seeing the letter "K" i started having flash backs about my arms and legs looking really long.

  3. Jon's Things

    Jon's Things

    Acum 2 Zile

    I have had two over the years... the first I bought in 1971 did 300,000 miles, and my present beauty shipped from Australia five years ago has no badging... most people think it is an extremely rare Ferrari! What a car...!

  4. Jorge Gómez

    Jorge Gómez

    Acum 2 Zile

    The fact that Mr. K is rocking a Squier guitar instead of a Fender tells how much he didn't give a F*** , he was gonna tear things down anyway

  5. Bryan T. Rich

    Bryan T. Rich

    Acum 2 Zile


  6. samurai trav

    samurai trav

    Acum 3 Zile

    while all of you were drawing on doors, i was drawing on the hood of my moms ‘68 RoadRunner with a rock 🤣

  7. justinl458


    Acum 3 Zile

    Nissan ceo: what should we name the car? Nissan car engineer looking at Nissan logo and tilts head at the N: _uhhhhhh z_ ?

  8. Hammad Farooq

    Hammad Farooq

    Acum 3 Zile

    is it me or his shirt logo bothering anyone else?

  9. Route 222

    Route 222

    Acum 3 Zile

    I think this may have inspired a little movie called “Gung Ho”. The story plot was fictitious but the idea was similar.

  10. Eddie Flantoill

    Eddie Flantoill

    Acum 3 Zile

    Shout out to Cincinnati chili(Cheese Conys) dogs!

  11. hayden cook

    hayden cook

    Acum 3 Zile

    I noticed that abraod in Japan escape to Fuji music.

  12. Chris Abbott

    Chris Abbott

    Acum 6 Zile

    We need more up to speed there are tons of cars and companies left!

  13. Dominic Young

    Dominic Young

    Acum 6 Zile

    The 240z is my dream car ❤️

  14. deedeephoto


    Acum 6 Zile

    Did you guyz have or would like to have a UtS about the 100%kindergartenfavorite, iconic, cute, superstrong Bobcat? I mean the vehicle not the furry killer?! (Its not an ad its a request :) )

  15. Pierre Pichon

    Pierre Pichon

    Acum 8 Zile

    I Love You Edit : Got my "DATSUN 240Z Engineering Development" copy on the way. As a composite design engineer who drew on walls, I can't wait for it to be shipped here in France ! Also day 23 of praying for a L sized HRSPRS shirt to be in stock

  16. Eddie MacK

    Eddie MacK

    Acum 8 Zile

    I got a Nissan ad during this 🤣

  17. Kyle Forward

    Kyle Forward

    Acum 8 Zile

    ‘Before all this.. the 240z’ (shows Forsbergs 280z) 🤦‍♂️

  18. J. C.

    J. C.

    Acum 9 Zile

    This dude can get annoying after a while

  19. BigHeadClan


    Acum 9 Zile

    Fun fact the newest version of the Z was killed off by Gohson but kept alive by 2 people as a skunkswork project must like the original. ;)

  20. Siddhant RS

    Siddhant RS

    Acum 10 Zile

    i had a nissan ad before this video

  21. kylruby


    Acum 10 Zile

    thank you

  22. Gear Jammer

    Gear Jammer

    Acum 11 Zile

    Have owned "four" 300ZX Turbo Z31's, with a fifth "one owner" currently in the garage! (84 50th, 3-87's and a 88)! Pound for pound one of the nicest and fun cars to drive in it's day, and still is fun. ZZZZZZZZZZYAH.......

  23. skatertrash420


    Acum 11 Zile

    Worst car channel that never goes away........

  24. John Dc2

    John Dc2

    Acum 11 Zile

    I was laughing the whole video!! S S S 😂

  25. Enrique Jimenez

    Enrique Jimenez

    Acum 11 Zile

    Bro I just got my hands on one, a 1973 datsun 240z, came with a 2.8l and 5 speed manual, weird it had an imtake manifold with a 4 barrel holley carb. This thing was already at the scrap yard waiting to get crushed. So bought it from the guy. I'm looking to get it running soon

  26. Brad Ford

    Brad Ford

    Acum 11 Zile

    8:26 ewwww 😂

  27. DQ Film5

    DQ Film5

    Acum 12 Zile

    editing really clever on this one.

  28. amedsoprano


    Acum 12 Zile

    I love that all the actors in this film were Canadian

  29. Logan Litle

    Logan Litle

    Acum 12 Zile

    Must: the car must ship in august of 1969. James:nice Also me :nice

  30. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe

    Acum 12 Zile

    14:07 That pic is taken in a car yard I used to visit as a kid! It's Datsun Hornsby, capital of the 'Upper North Shore' of Sydney where I grew up!

  31. Joe The Riddler

    Joe The Riddler

    Acum 13 Zile

    Guys what is the song in the begining of the video ?

  32. Solomon Korbla sepenu

    Solomon Korbla sepenu

    Acum 13 Zile

    You can do this review in 10 minutes rather wasting my additional 10 minutes tolerating your jokes which makes it rather boring

  33. Solomon Korbla sepenu

    Solomon Korbla sepenu

    Acum 13 Zile

    Your jokes are too much…I prefer your other friends review..

  34. CactusOnCat


    Acum 13 Zile


  35. Jason


    Acum 13 Zile

    Hey somebody should do a video on car bras… they went the way pop up up and down headlights did.

  36. Jaheim James

    Jaheim James

    Acum 13 Zile

    Aboard in Japan music in the video, I like.

  37. solar clapson

    solar clapson

    Acum 13 Zile

    I loved my Zed car.

  38. William Basinger

    William Basinger

    Acum 13 Zile

    I think the us big three need to be taking some risks at this point in time. I can see a day in the near future that they will be filing bankruptcy in the next few years

  39. Broncholemonso Corbin

    Broncholemonso Corbin

    Acum 13 Zile


  40. Jeremy Hamilton

    Jeremy Hamilton

    Acum 13 Zile

    12:37 Not only did I learn how "real" engineering is, I got to learn a new word, "Vore" - Thanks team!

  41. rafaela pradel

    rafaela pradel

    Acum 14 Zile


  42. Anthony Melnyk

    Anthony Melnyk

    Acum 14 Zile

    Super inspiring video

  43. Mackenzie McIntyre

    Mackenzie McIntyre

    Acum 14 Zile

    Don't forget the 260z

  44. M R

    M R

    Acum 14 Zile

    Pinin Farina outside of Europe, is just pure caca.

  45. AceLeader09


    Acum 14 Zile

    Anybody else notice how Donut Media @7:25, put the same audio track/song thats in the "Abroad In Japan" youtube channel intro?!?! Conspiracy?........I think not!

  46. Haterade


    Acum 14 Zile

    I don’t care give us the r36 right now it’s an order

  47. Ryan Reid

    Ryan Reid

    Acum 14 Zile

    Yeah so, speaking of drawing on cars, I was three, it was my Moms very first her own brand new I drew a very cool picture to celebrate that event, in marker, all over the drivers side, bumper to bumper, It was not as well received as I was expecting

  48. Bradams


    Acum 14 Zile

    What, no mention of the 432Z? Did y’all even do research…. I joke, obviously. Y’all should do a Wangan Midnight episode. I so miss my old ‘73 240Z. Extremely slow by today’s standards. But so much fun to drive. And that 2.4 inline 6 sounded amazing through a good exhaust. 4 speed manual transmissions, no power steering. dual SU carbs, manual choke, zero sound deadening, one speaker radio, no AC. Man, those were the days.

  49. Pingo Zingo

    Pingo Zingo

    Acum 15 Zile

    7:24 the Abroad in Japan song lmfao

  50. ##AlbanianKing


    Acum 15 Zile

    “Are u familiar with the concept of foreshadowing???” 😂😂Too funny bro

  51. Shaun Farrell

    Shaun Farrell

    Acum 15 Zile

    I feel like you can still make more HRSPRS...Infinite just doesn't sound like enough

  52. Miriam Pagan

    Miriam Pagan

    Acum 15 Zile

    As a past Z owner, my first used Z was a brown 260ZX, only had it a couple of months until I bought my Metalic Orange & Brown, Mamual 5 Speed, 82' 280ZX T-Top...Burgundy, tinted windows, spoilers, wings, Manual 5 speed, T-Tops, 88' 300ZX...Silver 2004' 350Z Manual 6 Speed Convertible. I loved all my Z's. They never gave me any problem, only your typical flat tire and once the 04' over heated on a very hot day. I was going to buy the 380Z but always dreamed of a Corvette Convertible. I'm so happy to have experienced the feel of those cars. They were also very fast. It's a miracle I've never got a speeding ticket, any guy that wanted to race me, I floored it it waved them 👋 BYE. Wished I would have kept my 280ZX, it was the only one that spoke to me 🤣🤣🤣

  53. gotindrachenhart


    Acum 15 Zile

    That 280 pic tho...

  54. James


    Acum 15 Zile

    There's a bigger conspiracy about the Z Car. Nissan/Datsun made an agreement with Toyota (an agreement that is collusion and probably illegal) that they would stop selling the K60 Patrol in the US, removing the competition for the FJ40 in the US if Toyota would not sell the 2000GT and let Nissan have the sport coupe market in the US with the Z. We never got the 2000GT and Nissan quit selling the Patrol here in 68....

  55. ahmad zahir

    ahmad zahir

    Acum 16 Zile

    James, any Doctor/dermatologist ever tell you, you have rosecia? Your cheeks are pretty red and I don’t think fairladys cause that.

  56. Laurence Willis

    Laurence Willis

    Acum 16 Zile

    bring back the Up to SpeeD anime eyecatch transitions

  57. Arcana Snout

    Arcana Snout

    Acum 16 Zile

    12:37 “Vore - Urban Dictionary” *I ‘ M D Y I N G*

  58. eurosonly


    Acum 16 Zile

    I just want to say a big thank you to the Japanese culture where they just give you a slightly less exciting work assignment at work instead of firing you on the spot after you say their design idea is shit. Too many people are to quick to burning bridges in the work place because of ego trippin.

  59. eurosonly


    Acum 16 Zile

    I can totally say that I grew up as an artsy person and have indeed drawn on a door or two. Or a whole house and got suspended in school for drawing cars in science class. Once or twice. Or 5461654 times.

  60. John Barker

    John Barker

    Acum 16 Zile

    One of the must beautiful and significant cars in the second half of the 20th Century.

  61. jascha schaub

    jascha schaub

    Acum 16 Zile

    Sad that the new Z does not come to europe 🙄🙄

  62. Chaos TV

    Chaos TV

    Acum 16 Zile

    My first car was a Datsun 120y

  63. Bayern Maik

    Bayern Maik

    Acum 16 Zile

    U guys have a new Jokewriter or smthing? Had some good lols

  64. Liam Walls

    Liam Walls

    Acum 16 Zile

    “It’s good” 😂😂😂 We need to get an Up To Speed on: -4th Gen F.Body (Camaro and Firebird) And why they don’t get as much love -Jaguar -Cadillac, or at-least the Eldorado -Lincoln -Buick -Mercury -Oldsmobile -Maybach -Lambo LM002 -Checker (the taxi peeps) -DeTomas -Edsel -Maserati -Plymouth Keep up the great work Dude!

  65. no just no

    no just no

    Acum 16 Zile

    amazing video, this is why I am subscribed.

  66. Todorokienyan


    Acum 16 Zile

    Zetto da!

  67. Ya boi Guzma

    Ya boi Guzma

    Acum 16 Zile

    Is that a tele head on a strat body? You guys went to the effort

  68. Mark


    Acum 16 Zile

    New Nissan Seriously looks like crap imo , C8 is Way Kooler

  69. Johannes Rolf

    Johannes Rolf

    Acum 16 Zile


  70. esc8engn


    Acum 17 Zile

    you mean, the conspira-z?



    Acum 17 Zile

    240zed for all the English blokes

  72. Paul Cooke

    Paul Cooke

    Acum 17 Zile

    1:37 Why was Urban Dictionary's "Vore" page the second result of that search?

  73. Apex Fenix

    Apex Fenix

    Acum 17 Zile

    Nismo juke RS BABY LETS GOOO

  74. Kabir Sathe

    Kabir Sathe

    Acum 17 Zile

    someone say Conspira-Z?

  75. Sean Krekel

    Sean Krekel

    Acum 17 Zile

    Please make a boat rocker t shirt! Its gotta happen now!

  76. alper bey

    alper bey

    Acum 17 Zile

    As your proably youngest viewer,I havent checked on,wished checked on earlier!

  77. Minty Supreme

    Minty Supreme

    Acum 17 Zile

    Classic mustang joke to end it all. Mustang jokes will NEVER get old lol

  78. Abdul-Hakam Bhatti

    Abdul-Hakam Bhatti

    Acum 17 Zile

    can you do a video on mitsubishi galant? vr4?

  79. Nigel Marumahoko

    Nigel Marumahoko

    Acum 17 Zile

    Best video you guys have done!

  80. Fit_PharmD


    Acum 17 Zile


  81. Oli O’Connor

    Oli O’Connor

    Acum 17 Zile

    What I want to know is why is James’s t shirt logo green screened a conspiracy perhaps?

  82. April Kurtz

    April Kurtz

    Acum 17 Zile

    The 240Z was one of the best looking cars ever made, IMO. I wish I had one!

  83. Cbr Star

    Cbr Star

    Acum 17 Zile

    My Dad bought a 510 which was one of his best cars, but he then traded it in for 710 which was the biggest lemon he ever owned. So when I was 18 I was going to buy a 240z he flipped out saying it might be too unreliable etc. And he talked me into a Honda Prelude instead. Now 240's are crazy expensive and Preludes are worthless lol. I regret not buying that Z to this day.

  84. Aidan Lilly

    Aidan Lilly

    Acum 17 Zile

    Anybody notice the hole in his chest?

  85. Sky the Dude

    Sky the Dude

    Acum 17 Zile

    Hey James I have a request on a car, so I just recently bought a 1995 Mazda mx6 and know very little about it and honestly didn't know they even existed but was wondering if u could do a up to speed on one blus watching ur videos make learning more about cars is alot more fun😄

  86. Scott Weber

    Scott Weber

    Acum 17 Zile

    69 fair lady z 432

  87. Bass Wars

    Bass Wars

    Acum 18 Zile

    I don't care what anyone says. The 240Z was the coolest by far. Everything that came after was faster and better, but never cooler.

  88. Steffy Bael

    Steffy Bael

    Acum 18 Zile

    do your math, im a 63 year old man, when i was 15 i stole a 240Z in the parking lot of park plaza mall in little rock, arkansas. i left it just 2 rows away because it would burn rubber just letting the clutch out. i had burned the rear tires off a lotus and a 70 t top vett 350, 12.5:1 pistons, 410:1 rear gearing all noted on the consoal oh and 4 speed, kept that 1 for a whole week! drive em like you stole em!!

  89. macher001


    Acum 18 Zile

    See, thats why the guys from MCM put an RB26 in a FairLady... is there anything more appropriate?

  90. syazwan aiman

    syazwan aiman

    Acum 18 Zile

    damn abroad in japan on the car content

  91. Aydin Kasuba

    Aydin Kasuba

    Acum 18 Zile

    Up to speed on fast and furious

  92. etyrnal


    Acum 18 Zile

    i hate commercials. thanks, Donut for making them sort of bearable with your comedic antics.

  93. Tom Odeni

    Tom Odeni

    Acum 18 Zile

    Should have called it a conspira Z

  94. Paul


    Acum 18 Zile

    Never forget Humphrey was hired to drop an n bomb on Key and Peele.

  95. anima oblitus

    anima oblitus

    Acum 18 Zile

    Playing it safe is what kills a company. Just looks at Mitsubishi, i haven't kept up with them after the Evo x. They ruined the eclipse, galant, killed off their Evo, turned everything into a crossover. Toyota and Nissan are still pushing out good performance cars, even Honda and Mazda are working on new cars, Mazda i think is coming out with a new flagship inline 6. Mitsubishi is what happens when you listen to your bosses.

  96. shirobby


    Acum 18 Zile

    up to speed on smokey nagata PLEASE

  97. Alexander Capuano

    Alexander Capuano

    Acum 18 Zile

    WE MISS UP TO SPEEEEEEEEEED. Great job, and we love you too Pumps.

  98. anthony kimball

    anthony kimball

    Acum 18 Zile

    Worst thing I ever did was sell my 82 280zx..loaded 5spd, T tops....SMH and crying in my coffee..

  99. XZ0952


    Acum 18 Zile

    And the other legends born,the "DEVIL Z"

  100. Miata


    Acum 18 Zile

    What was the music used in donut in intro?