Wednesday, February 14, 2018

1969 Datsun 240Z

The Datsun 240Z, then later as the 260Z and 280Z were the first generation of Z GT two-seat coupes, produced by Nissan Motors of Japan from 1969 to 1978. One of the most successful sports car lines ever produced, the cars competed head-to-head with established European sports car makers. The Datsun 240Z was introduced in 1969, and with its striking good looks and powerful engine it became an instant hit in the sports car market.
Positive response was immediate, and dealers soon had long waiting lists. As a "halo" car, the 240Z broadened the acceptance of Japanese car-makers beyond their econobox image.

 All variants of the S30 have a four-wheel independent suspension with MacPherson struts in front and Chapman struts in back. Front disc brakes and rear drums were standard. The 240Z used twin SU one-barrel side-draft Carburetors.
The 240Z's engine was a 2,393 cc (146.0 cu in) cast-iron block, alloy head, single overhead cam.
The engine made 151hp at 5,600 rpm through a four-speed manual, five-speed manual, or three-speed automatic (after September 1970)
The car was cheap ... $3,526 and the demand for the 240Z was so strong that in 1970, less than a year after the car’s debut, Kelley Blue Book valued used 240Zs at $4,000.
Today a top quality 240Z might go for $ 30,000 or more.