Nissan / Datsun - 240/260/280Z
The S30 Nissan/Datsun (known in Japan as the Fairlady Z and in other markets as the 240Z and later as the 260Z and 280Z) were sports cars produced by Nissan Motors, Ltd. of Japan from 1970 to 1978. The 240Z was introduced in 1969 with a 2.4 liter straight-6 engine, rear wheel drive, and a stylish coupe body. The engine, based on the Datsun 510's 4-cylinder produced 150 hp (112 kW) and came with a 5-speed manual transmission (USA model received a 4 speed manual), a less common 3 speed automatic transmission was optional and had a "Nissan Full Automatic" badge. A 4 wheel independent suspension consisted of MacPherson struts in front (borrowed from the Datsun Laurel C30) and Chapman struts in back. Front disc brakes & rear drums were standard.
Holland - the Netherlands
Datsun 260Z 1976
Datsun 260Z 2+2
South Holland (Zuid-Holland)
Production began in 1969, the 1970 240Z was introduced to the American market by Yutaka Katayama, president of Nissan Motors USA operations, widely known as 'Mr. K'. The early 1970 model 240Z had a chrome "240" badge on the B-pillar quarter panel. Two vents were included in the rear hatch below the glass molding. In mid-1971 the B-pillar side badges were restyled with the letter Z in white, and the vents were eliminated from the hatch.
The 240Z and 260Z used twin one-barrel side-draft SU-like carburetors. The carburetors were changed beginning with model year 1973 to comply with emissions regulations, but the earlier carburetors were far superior for performance. Fuel injection (L-Jetronic electronic fuel injection, designed by Bosch) was added for the 280Z in 1975. This was primarily in order to cope with the difficulty faced in getting enough power using carburetors while still meeting US emissions regulations.
Engine size was up again, to 2.8 Ltr, by increasing the bore of the L26 engine for the 280Z in late 1975 to create the L28, and a reliable Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection system was added. Heavier impact absorbing bumpers were added in 1975 (USA markets only). A 5-speed manual transmission was added as an option for the USA in 1977. In 1975, larger, longer and heavier bumpers also known as "park benches" were added to meet strict safety standards.