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Datsun 240Z


Datsun 240Z

Aimed directly at the American market, the 1969 Datsun 240Z had the looks, the handling thanks to independent suspension all around, a powerful free-revving engine plus a build quality which few could match for the money. It offered a monocoque design chassis/body, and whereas most cars of the era were still using leaf springs, the 240Z had struts all around, making it outstanding in corners. The straight-six engine was based on the Bluebird four-cylinder and was exceptionally strong, giving out plenty of power and torque while returning good economy and reliability that would see it go past 150,000 miles (241,350km) if properly serviced. Although having just two seats, it was practical with the hatchback rear. It also had a very high build quality which way surpassed anything else at its $3,526 price. The car sold over 150,000 models in 4 years.

Datsun 240Z Specifications

Top speed:125 mph (200 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):8.7 sec
Engine type:In-line six
Displacement:146 ci (2,393 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:150 bhp (112 kW)@ 6,000 rpm
Max torque:148 lb ft (200 Nm) @ 4,400 rpm
Weight:2,355 lb (1070 kg)
Economy:25 mpg (8.9 km/I)
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