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Mr. K, Father Of The Z, Dies; Helped Bring Nissan To The U.S.

Known as “the father of the Z,” the original Nissan 240Z sports car, Yutaka Katayama  (widely known as Mr. K) has passed away at 105. He continued to play a role at the Japanese automaker long after his official retirement in 1977. Katayama first joined Nissan in 1935, handling publicity and advertising. He helped inspire some desperately needed passion by pushing for a small, stylish and affordable sports car that came to be known as the 240Z.

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