Some vintage racing events lure crowds with the promise of Formula 1, Can-Am, and Le Mans exotics of years past. But this year’s Classic Motorsports Mitty was focused on a more mainstream marque: Datsun and Nissan.
When Datsun brought the legendary S30 Fairlady to America in 1969, it dropped its Japanese-market name for something more straightforward: Datsun 240Z.
I watch a lot of onboard videos, but every once in a while, I just kind of stare at one in awe. The way this Datsun 240Z eats up mileage at this year’s Mt. Washington Hillclimb just completely broke my brain.
Former Nissan designer Yoshihiko Matsuo is the hero we need right now: a true believer in designing fun cars for the common man. His legendary 240Z went on to spawn an entire lineage of Datsun and Nissan Z cars. Yet Matsuo’s bosses at Nissan corporate thought he was insane for even suggesting a car like the first Z.…
This 1973 Datsun (Nissan) 240Z is on a boat heading to China for “the greatest motoring adventure in Historic Rallying” right now. But not before our friend Matt Farah got a chance to kick some dust up with it in the Cali desert!
This just seems appropriate tonight.
If your dad won't give you his Datsun 240Z, you have to buy another one. Then keep asking for his, because it's turning more heads for a reason.
The Datsun 240Z is a car that brings happiness to me, a human being. Here are ten cars that are Datsun 240Zs. Some are even Fairlady Zs!
Evo's car versus bike tests usually don't make much sense, but when it's between a monster off-road Datsun 240Z going against a Group N+ Mitsubishi Evo VI and the enduro champ KTM 450 EXT, they got my attention.
If you wanted to spend about 25k a "lightweight" rear-drive coupe there is the popular choice of the Toyobaru twins, but that is the safe bet. Or you could get the original Japanese sports car such as this 240z in "excellent condition."
Get yourself a Z. Tune it up. It's light already, don't worry about it, just give it few extra horses. It will make you happy.
Jonathan Ive thinks he's hot feces because he designs sleek laptops that get widely copied and accoladed and all that. That's great for you, Jonny. But you know what he's never done? Designed an iconic car. Not even once.
Is replica-building an authentic form of automotive self-expression or merely a case of trying too hard? There’s only one way to find out: take a Ferrari 250 GTO and turn it into a Datsun 240Z.
Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. How about a nice early Datsun Z?
We've seen the miserable racetrack reliability of the 240Z/260Z/280Z/280ZX/300ZX at enough LeMons races to see the pattern, but the real surprise has been the large number of Zs that managed to keep running well enough to make the top third. Will a Z ever take the overall win? Doubtful… but anything can happen on a…
It's a real head-scratcher: the Datsun/Nissan Z has plenty of six-banger power, independent rear suspension, four-wheel discs, good build quality… yet so far none has placed better than eighth in LeMons. Why is that?