The Datsun 240Z showed that Japanese car makers could produced a first rate sports car.
Although the styling was derivative of the Ferrari 275 and the Jaguar E Type the Z had its own style
Introduced in 1969 in the era of muscle cars and expensive European imports the Z
presented a thoughtful alternative. Rather than brute power or a poorly executed product
the 240Z offered a well balanced chassis, a smooth revving straight 6 clothed in
a pleasing proportioned shape.
The 2.4L straight six was mated to a all syncro 4 speed. To complete the package a front disc/rear
drum combination was offered.
The interior had all the sports car touches; adjustable bucket seats with three point seatbelts,
full complement of gauges and optional air conditioning.
The Z although having to do battle with established brands did extremely well in the marketplace
selling about 50,000 units through 1973.
Its success is attributed to the fact that the car offered a great value; reliability, styling, performance
This example in very pleasing burgundy/tan has been lovingly restored and is up for sale
out of Orange County, Ca. The car has all the original pieces and a few modern upgrades
such as a Pioneer sound system.
It is shame that in the collector world the original Z car is overlooked. The car then as now offers
a true sports car experience in a very reliable and attractive package. In a sense the car is a victim
of its success.