1973 Datson

240Z Custom Coupe


Engine: V6, 171 cid/2.8 L with triple Weber 2-barrel carburetors on a Cannon intake manifold

Horsepower: 200+ bhp at 5,600 RPM

Torque: 170+ ft-lbs at 4,400 RPM

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Custom: Short throw shifter, exhaust, suspension, brakes, interior, exterior mirrors, paint, and shaved door handles

A Little History

Yutaka Katayama, president of Nissan Motors USA operations and widely known as “Mr. K,” introduced the 1970 240Z to the American market.

Positive response from both buyers and the motoring press was immediate, and dealers soon had long waiting lists for the “Z.” Seeking to compete head-to-head with established European sports cars, Datsun priced the new 240Z under those brands already in the US.

The 1970 through the mid-1971 model year 240Z was referred to as the Series I. The 240Z’s sleek styling, modern engineering, relatively low price, and impressive performance struck a major chord with the public. In mid-1971, for the Series II 240Z-cars, the sail pillar emblems were restyled, replacing the chrome “240Z” badge with just the letter “Z” placed in a circular vented emblem.

In 1973, a 240Z, in the hands of driver Shekhar Mehta, won the 21st East African Safari Rally.

This example was fully customized by renowned 240Z specialist, Pierre Perrot, known in the industry as Pierre’ Z.  This car is running a modified 280Z motor with triple Weber carburetors, tuned exhaust, brakes, and suspension making it sound and drive like a 70s Ferrari Daytona!

In 2004, Sports Car International named the 240Z number two on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 1970s.


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