In the wild: Datsun 240Z (1972)

46Vandaag is probably the most famous Datsun on stage. We are talking of course about the 240Z, the progenitor of Nissan's Z-family! We thank AutoWeek reader Bruno Vijverman for his entry.

The 370Z you still can order from Nissan in the year 2017, comes from a family Z which we know from recent history, the 350Z and 300ZX (spanning two generations). In the late seventies to designate as the 280Z predecessor, a car turn the 260Z and 240Z had as parents. This In The Wild, we treat the 240Z, a car that was introduced as Datsun for export markets.

The 240Z was put forward in 1969, a car with which the Japanese after tried to submit it to the shin of the European sports cars of that period the fire. Soon managed to build the coupe with the signature long hood a fine reputation. That carried a relatively favorable pricing on course, but also the manner in which the 240Z on the scene managed to get their hands on one another.

The 240Z in Japan sold as Nissan Fairlady Z, Nissan helped to shake off the particularly rational brand image. Disc brakes, independent suspension and a 150 hp and 198 Nm 2.4-liter six-cylinder European and US consumers had to pull over. The top speed of just over 200 km / h and a sprint from zero to 100 km / h in 8 counts were achievable.

In '74 the evolved 240Z in the 260Z, a modernized version with a 2.6-liter six-cylinder engine in the fore. From the '74 Datsun was also given as 2 + 2 with a 30 cm longer wheelbase.