Early VIN: 1970 Datsun 240Z

The Datsun 240Z was a game-changer when it debuted in 1969. It didn’t try to be a Jaguar XKE, but its shape was certainly similar. It didn’t go as fast, but its performance was certainly worthwhile. It cost about… more»

Two Owners: 1971 Datsun 240Z

The Datsun 240Z was one of the best things to happen to the sports car genre since the MGB. It hit the trifecta: it was pretty, powerful, and affordable. Introduced in 1969, Datsun’s new car had fully independent suspension,… more»

No Reserve: 1979 Datsun 280ZX

The Datsun Z Car had a fairly long first-generation lifespan, beginning in 1969 and going until 1977 without any significant body changes unless you count the stretched 2+2, which made its debut in 1974.  The first run cars included… more»

Recently Updated! 1971 Datsun 240Z Series 1

This sporty early Z car spent its early days in the island paradise of Hawaii. The never-restored classic shows minor rust and imperfections, and recently enjoyed a bounty of new parts and a transmission swap to a manual gearbox…. more»

Bored Restoring: 1973 Datsun 240Z

While you can rationalize getting burned out on a ho-hum project, it’s harder to understand hitting a wall on a car that is considered a desirable specimen by most enthusiasts. A 1973 Datsun 240Z that isn’t a rust bucket… more»

Package Deal: 1972 and ’73 Datsun 240Z Projects

Ah, the ambition that comes when someone lays eyes on a new project car. There is perhaps no moment wherein a man is filled with more hope than the day he brings home a rusty pair of old sports… more»

One Family Owned: 1972 Datsun 240Z

In the vintage car marketplace, now and then a particular marque will punch higher in price, catching everyone by surprise. One day you were thinking of buying a particular example for $5k, and the next, the same car costs… more»

40 Years Out Back: Pair of Vintage Project Cars

For reasons unknown, this 1965 Ford Mustang and 1972 Datsun 240Z were parked in Mom’s backyard in the early 1980s – and left there to the elements. They haven’t run since, and both will need substantial work to perform… more»

Low VIN: 1970 Datsun 240Z

The Datsun 240Z (and later 260Z and 280Z) was Nissan’s Japanese answer to those economical European sports cars. And they turned out to be more reliable than some of their British competitors. The 240Z first appeared in 1969 and… more»

Restore, or Not? 1973 Datsun 240Z

Datsun 240Z prices have shot upward in the last few years, as restored examples of this ubiquitous but competent sports car began to hit the market. It’s as if the willingness to spend real money to make a pristine… more»

Desirable Early Example: 1970 Datsun 240Z

It is fair to say that the 1960s was a decade of learning for Japanese car manufacturers like Datsun. They progressed from building lightly re-engineered licensed copies of European models to developing their brands and unique vehicles. For Datsun,… more»

Numbers-Matching: 1970 Datsun 240Z Project

When I was growing up and in my car-crazy teen years, Datsun Z cars seemed to be all over the place in our hometown, but I was so closed-minded in my youth of thinking it was Mopar or no… more»

Package Deal: Trio of 1970s Z Cars

Nissan followed up with the successful Datsun Fairlady roadster (or Sports in the USA) with the Fairlady Z, a small enclosed coupe that won the hearts of Western buyers. Better known in the States as the 240Z, 260Z, and… more»

Desirable Model: 1970 Datsun 240Z Series 1

The Datsun 240Z demonstrated that the Japanese possessed the expertise to produce affordable sports cars. The early “Series 1” version, like our feature car, is the most desirable. It is an unmolested vehicle with no apparent needs beyond requiring… more»

50-Year First Owner: 1972 Datsun 240Z

I was 15 when the 240Z was introduced. I remember vividly seeing my first Z, an orange one just like this, that a neighbor had bought. I couldn’t believe it was a Datsun, who like other Japanese automakers (save… more»

Just Needs TLC: 1973 Datsun 240Z

Seeing the success that imported British sports cars were having in markets like the U.S., Nissan stepped up its game by introducing the Z series of 2-seat coupes. They would be an extension of the open-top roadsters from the… more»