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  • D Gallo

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    in 1987 I had a well used 77 280z 2 seater/4sp, still ran on leaded gas.. Lovely car, even with the 70's windows louvers. One of the more fun things was watching passengers try to figure out how to open the door since the door release was at the bottom of the doors. It is one of the cars I will always remember

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  • Dustin Rittle

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    WOW so many great pictures of this lovely little car. I have always said if I was going to have one Japanese car in my collection a 240z would be tops on that list. The reason I believe it is collectable and has many enthusiast is because the car offered so much for so little. You got a rock solid car for a relatively low price that had performance at the time to match most other sports cars. When you bought a 240z you got OHC engine, front disk brakes, IRS out back and a nice comfortable interior to match. Not to mention the clean design of the car as well. You match that with a longhood/ short rear deck style and its hard not to have a winner on your hands.

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  • Guest (Carl Beck)

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    1. I thought that by now - that old "Goertz Myth" had been pretty well dispelled. Who is it that is still debating it?

    2. The Datsun 240Z won the EAS in 1971 and 1973.

    3. The Side Drafts are SU's built under license by Hitachi.

    4. "Every man's Toyota 2000GT". Seriously ? Every man didn't have nor want a Toyota 2000GT.

    5. Approximately 12% of Datsun 240Z's were sold with A/T. 18,600 or 53 for every Toyota 2000GT sold.

    6. "Price & Fun" - Yes, but it didn't stop there. Styling, Performance, Reliability, and all round Utility. I know why people bought them - I was selling them at the time.

    7. "Halo Car" - NO. Just a more modern replacement for the already successful Datsun 1600/2000 roadsters. A world class Competitor for sure but this was no "Halo Car", it was a mass produced production Sports/GT.

    8. BRE trounced - Porsche 911S & 914/6, Triumph and Lotus Elan's in SCCA's C-Production - don't recall any Toyota's nor BMW's being competitive in that class.

    9. Sports Car International only named the Datsun 240Z number two - because they included a 1960's Ferrari in the Decade of the 70's - the 365 GTB/4 Daytona. Even then the 240Z was second because Mr. Brock picked the Datsun 510 as #1 - had he picked the Z it would have beaten the Ferrair for total points.

    10. "The Engine Is No Lady"? In 1969 there was no 240Z, no 2.4L 151HP engine for Japan. There were two 2.0 Liter engines, the L-20A and the S20. Fairlady and Farilady 432. Japan didn't get the 2.4L 240Z until 1971.

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  • Guest (Scottq)

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    As much as it was a bit of a departure and value for the time (as a former 240Z owner) I am amazed at the nostalgia generated for a vehicle that had the steering of a dump truck, interior that was downright uncomfortable and a body that rusted at the mere hint of dampness. Compare that to a Scion FRS/Subaru BRZ (the modern equivalent from a market and price standpoint) and the Z was a hunk of junk. Mind you I loved my Z but have no desire to own one now.

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  • Guest (gbgary)

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    I think it was 1970 and I was coming over the Hollywood Hills back into the valley when one of these Japanese cars pulled up alongside of my less than year old TR6. He appeared to rev his engine, as if it were some kind of challenge, and I smiled at the temerity of this guy for what I thought was foolish bravado. Well, he revved again and this time I thought I would teach this boy a lesson. The light turned green, I blasted forth and as I slammed it into second, I looked up and I could barely read his license plate.............To this day I always remember that humbling moment whenever I see a 240Z.

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  • Mike McKinnon

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    I'd actually trade my '82 GTV6 for a clean 240Z. I have always wanted one, ever since I was a wee monkey.

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  • In some ways it’s like the Japanese Porsche 911, except that they were far more affordable when new and enjoyed legendary Japanese reliability.

    And also except that the engine is in the front AND the 240Z is a true twos eter whereas the 911 is a 2+2...like the 260 and 280Z 2+2s !

    So in fact, the 240Z is NOTHING like a 911 !

    I love that you talk of Zs but please, why not consult the owners the club runners, basically thsoe that know the cars better than most and get the facts right.........please !

    Thanks.

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  • Adam Fairfax

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    i've just finished a five year build of my Australian delivered RHD five speed 240Z. Having just sold a 1974 2.7 MFI Carrera, and 911 Turbo Carrera before that, I can say with some authority that the little early Z's are 'freaking fast' and the handling (with a set of Koni sport shocks, and semi slick Dunlop race tyres) absolutely trounces any 911 i've owned. In part, this has to do with the fact that factory made 240Z's with 50/50 weight distribution, and the early models were not much above 2300pd (~1,070kg), which given the online six, did and still does make for a very fast ride. Admittedly, mine now has triple OER's, but all else is original.

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  • Guest (Iulian Maciuca)

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    Hello Adam, do you have any documentation regarding the install of the triple OER carbs? I am thinking about doing the same to my 240Z in Switzerland. I would higly appreaciate if you could share any piece of information about istalling these OER triples. Thank you very much.

    from Mendrisio, Switzerland
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  • Pete Brissing

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    I have owned an early Series 1 Z for 17 years now and in addition to the accolades of good looking, fast, great handling, etc. mentioned by other commenters, I must add that the car has been ultra reliable. This, in spite of sitting outside for some years, albeit under a good cover, while the Porsche occupied the garage. The P car is gone now and the Z has taken its proper place in the garage and doesn't look to be moving out any time soon. It is a 44 year old car (engine not yet rebuilt with 132K) that I wouldn't hesitate to drive anywhere.

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