We took the boring out of economy and put performance in – The Datsun 240Z
Until the last few years in the 1960s, Nissan was best known like most Japanese car manufacturers; Solid, small, few options and above all… boring! In 1969 Nissan kicked it hard and came up with a purebred wasabi variant; the Nissan 240Z. The long nose, the low sitting position, a straight-six and the five-speed gearbox were the recipe for loving goosebumps.
We call it a subtle mechanical driving experience. As soon as you wake up the 2.4 liter, you will hear the iconic Japanese 6-in-line sound. Not comparable to the Europeans or Americans. Whether we can describe it? Sophisticated, you get the feeling that she is eating the gasoline with chopsticks. Above 3500 RPM starts the well-known Z-howl, which you can get through to 7000 RPM without feeling guilty. It involves an enthusiast reaction, almost a chemical reaction. Goosebumps, a smile and an even heavier right foot!
And then the design; If you look closely, you will see that the Japanese have secretly copied a bit from Jaguar – fortunately! The bump in the nose, the wide hips that extend from the front screen to the butt. No extra fuss, just beautiful, exciting lines.
Ours is, as you may already be used to, a bit extra special. She has been completely restored in the Netherlands with a great eye for original details. The 240 already has a lot of loving pet names. The Datsun 240Z, Nissan 240Z, the Fairlady Z and the S30. With the latter you completely steal the show; the Ni-Yon-Jyu. Nijoe what? 240 in Japanese. Will we see you soon?I'm interested in this object