The classic Datsun 1600 and 2000 roadsters from the 1960’s enjoyed moderate success in the American market, demonstrating Datsun could build a very capable sports car compared to the best of the British roadsters. Especially when compared with the MGB, the Datsun held a technological upper hand thanks to its 5-speed gearbox and 135hp overhead cam engine. Loyal enthusiasts and particularly club racers knew the Datsun was the far superior car, though Japanese cars still faced negative attitudes in the US. When the Fairlady (known simply as the Roadster in North America) was due for replacement, Datsun decided to go all out and design a car aimed specifically at the critical North American market. The basic formula was that of a baby E-type with an elegant 2-seat body designed in-house by Yoshihiko Matsuo at the Nissan design studio. A 2.4 liter, overhead cam inline-six was chosen along with four wheel independent suspension and front disc brakes. The resulting car was affordable, pretty, had great performance and a high level of build quality unseen in its British rivals. Thanks to the efforts of Yutaka Katayama, who was responsible for marketing the Z in the North American market, t
left-hand-drive 1972 datsun 240 z coupe black 4-speed 5-speed 1600cc alloy-wheels manual restored
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