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DATSUN - 240z Stock
Datsun 240Z
Nissan
aka Fairlady Z (Japan)
Production 1970-1973
Class GT Sportcar
Body Style 2-door coupe
Length 162.8 in (4,135 mm)
Width 64.1 in (1,628 mm)
Height 50.6 in
Wheelbase 90.7 in (2,304 mm)
Weight 2,355 lb (1,068 kg)
Transmission 4-speed manual/3-speed automatic RWD
Engine 2,393 cc (146.0 cu in)
Power 151 hp (113 kW) at 5600 rpm (SAE gross); 146 lbf·ft (198 N·m) at 4400 rpm (SAE gross)
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Designer Yoshihiko Matsuo

The Nissan 240Z (sold in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z and in other markets as the Datsun 240Z, then later as the 260Z and 280Z ) was the first generation Z GT two-seat coupe, and later (beginning in the 1974 model year) also 2+2 hatchbacks produced by Nissan Motors, Ltd. of Japan from 1969 to 1978. It was designed by a team led by Mr. Yoshihiko Matsuo, the head of Nissan's Sports Car Styling Studio. HLS30 was the designation of the left-hand drive model and HS30 for the right-hand drive model.

All variants had a 4-wheel independent suspension consisting of MacPherson struts in front (borrowed from the Nissan Laurel C30) and Chapman struts in back. Front disc brakes and rear drums were standard.

The 1970 240Z was introduced to the American market by Yutaka Katayama, president of Nissan Motors USA operations, widely known as Mr. K. The 1970 through the mid-1971 model year 240Z was referred to as the Series I. These early cars had many subtle but notable features differing from later cars. The most easily visible difference is that these early cars had a chrome "240Z" badge on the sail pillar, and two horizontal vents in the rear hatch below the glass molding providing flow through ventilation.

In mid-1971, for the Series II 240Z cars, the sail pillar emblems were restyled with just the letter "Z" placed in a circular vented emblem, and the vents were eliminated from the hatch panel of the car.

Design changes for the U.S. model 240Z occurred throughout production, including interior modifications for the 1972 model year, and a change in the location of the bumper over-riders, as well as the addition of some emission control devices and the adoption of a new style of emissions reducing (and performance compromising) carburetors for the 1973 model year.

The 1970 models were introduced in October 1969, received the L24 2.4-liter engine and a 4-speed manual. A less common 3-speed automatic transmission was optional from 1971 on, and had a "Nissan Full Automatic" badge.

In 2004, Sports Car International named this car number two on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1970s.

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Automotive YouTuber MightyCarMods bought a 240z in Japan and Imported it back to Australia where they found it had no engine due to asbestos laws. In order to make the best out of the imported shell they decided to RB26 engine swap it.

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