Extremely lightweight with a great deal of power, the Datsun 240z was the original prototype for all Nissan Z cars. With a four speed transmission and 2.4 liter engine, the car was capable of producing 150 horsepower and 150 ft-lbs of torque. It could go from 0 to 60 mph in under eight seconds.
An ironic twist is that designers at Datsun did not consider the 240z to be a sports car. However, they understood the major customer base was a person looking for an exciting and strong car. The makers of the 240z claimed that it was a “personal” GT. Unlike other expensive sports cars, the Datsun 240z was made to be used everyday.
The best part of the original 240z vehicle was that it provided high tech systems in an affordable package. It was an extremely comfortable car as well. Most drivers felt that this car brought a tremendous bang for the buck.
The first 240z hit the market in 1969 and found great popularity. Its price was well under the competition, but it did not sacrifice performance. Many car enthusiasts drew a comparison between this vehicle and the Jaguar E-type. The 240z had a long hood and a fully independent suspension. These unique features were considered a steal for the money. The model saw subtle changes and continued its success through 1973.
In the end, the Datsun 240z was the brand’s best sports car ever. It provided mounds of power and was relatively inexpensive. Thanks to its light chassis, twin Hitachi side drafts carbs, and 9.0:1 compression ratio, it has outperformed three generations of Z cars of the era. As Datsun attempts a comeback, one should not be surprised to see a return to this model but with a few updates.
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