1972 Datsun 240Z
Fun, fast and affordable - the Datsun 240Z made owning a sports car a reality for many in the 70's. The 240Z was released in America on October 22, 1969. Combining good looks, and powerful performance, it sold over 50,000 units in 1972.
In the US, 240Z featured a 2.4L L24 inline-6 with twin Hitachi SU-type carburetors that produced 151 hp (113 kW).
In Japan, the Z was known as the Fairlady to keep the car in line with the previous generation Datsun Sports roadster. JDM versions had the Fairlady Z badge on the lower fenders with the 432 badge above (the 432 designation was 4 valves, 3 carburetors, and 2 camshafts). However, Yutaka Katayama, then President of Nissan USA, known as "Mr. K", ensured the American version had all Nissan, Fairlady Z, and 432 badging replaced with "Datsun" and prevented all dealer shipments until they were replaced.
The 204Z is considered by many to be Japan’s first “modern” sports car. The 151 hp, 2.4-liter inline-6 engine was reliable and strong, and proved successful in SCCA racing. Throughout the late 70's and into the early 1990's a 240Z became one of the most affordable and easily converted cars for the an aficionado to get into racing.