Nissan’s most iconic sports car has been around for nearly fifty years in one form or another. But the whole Z car phenomena started with the Datsun (now Nissan) 240Z way back in 1969.
Japanese car manufacture had taken off in the late sixties with impressive machines such as the Toyota 2000GT. It was now Nissans time to follow suit with an affordable sports coupe in mind to hit the world market.
The Datsun 240Z was Nissans answer to Japan’s craving for something sporty and affordable. They didn’t disappoint with a straight six 2.4 litre engine capable of 0-60mph in just over 8 seconds Japan could finally compete with the world over.
Today all of Nissans Z cars are well respected with time creating a classic of some pedigree in the Nissan 240Z.
For such an iconic classic car the Nissan 240Z is still an appreciating bargain. The first of the Z cars was once the World’s best selling sports car and today is a quality example of what Japan was producing in the early seventies. If you are looking for a classic sports car then a 240Z would be one to watch as values start to increase.
The first thing to check on these old Datsun’s is the bodywork as rust has killed off many a 240Z over the years. The main problem areas are floor pans, front wings, wheel arches, door bottoms, tailgate and windscreen surrounds. So check everywhere thoroughly looking out for dodgy repair work as well.
Interiors are pretty simple with little to go wrong. Wear and tear is the main culprit with tired upholstery and tatty carpets. These can be replaced however easily enough but cracked consoles are another matter.
The six cylinder engine is strong and reliable providing it’s well maintained which means a good service history and regular oil changes. Due to the alloy cylinder head regular coolant changes are also required. If there are any problems with the oil supply the top end will rattle. Any noises from the bottom end could spell trouble.
Bearings and synchromesh are the two problems to look out for on the 240Z’s transmission. Lack of correct parts makes a replacement of the gear box a good alternative. The later 280ZX is a commonly used choice but this may have already been done.
Steering is precise but if it isn’t then rack mounting bushes are your problem but can be replaced. Suspension doesn’t normally present problems but in time shock leak and springs sag. Fitting stiffer suspension and poly bushes will save the day.