Datsun 240Z




Datsun 240Z

Year of production 1970 - 1973

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datsun_240Z#240Z

Category: Datsun 1931-1986

The Nissan S30 (sold in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z and in other markets as the Datsun 240Z, then later as the260Z and 280Z) was the first generation of ZGT two-seat coupe, 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.

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 carburetors for the 1973 model year.

In Japan, it was exclusive to Nissan Japanese dealerships called Nissan Bluebird Store, and was first introduced in Japan in 1969.

The 1970 models were introduced in October 1969, received the L24 2.4-liter engine with a manual choke 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 1973, the 240Z, in the hands of Shekhar Mehta, won the 21st East African Safari Rally.

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

Specifications

  • Engine: 2,393 cc (146.0 cu in) L24 I-6, cast-iron block, alloy head, two valves per cylinder, seven-bearing crankshaft, single overhead cam, 9.0:1 compression; Maximum recommended engine speed 7000 rpm.
    • Bore: 83.0 mm (3.27 in)
    • Stroke: 73.7 mm (2.90 in)
  • Fuel system: Mechanical fuel pump, twin Hitachi HJG 46W 1.75 in (44 mm) SU-type carburetors
  • Power: 151 hp (113 kW) at 5600 rpm (SAE gross)
  • Torque: 146 lbf·ft (198 N·m) at 4400 rpm (SAE gross)
  • Transmission: Four-speed manual, five-speed manual, or three-speed automatic (after September 1970)
  • Final drive ratios:
    • Four-speed manual transmission: 3.364:1 (37:11)
    • Five-speed manual transmission: 3.90:1 (39:10) (not available in US)
    • Three-speed automatic transmission: 3.545:1 (39:11).
  • Brakes:
    • Front: 10.7 in (270 mm) discs
    • Rear: 9.0 in (230 mm) x 1.6 in (41 mm) drums
  • Suspension:
    • Front: Independent with MacPherson struts, lower transverse and drag links, coil springs, telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar
    • Rear: Independent with Chapman struts, lower wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers
  • Steering: Rack and pinion, 2.7 turns lock to lock
  • Wheels: 4.5J-14 steel wheels with 175SR14 tires
  • Top speed: 125 mph (201 km/h)
  • 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h): 8.0 s
  • Typical fuel consumption: 21 mpg-US (11 L/100 km; 25 mpg-imp)

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1972 Datsun 240Z 2.4 (146 cui)

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Performance 113 kW (154 PS) at 5600 rpm. Fuel gasoline. 5-speed Manual transmission. Engine 2 393 ccm (146 cui), 6-cylinder, In-Line.