Classic Car | Datsun 240Z (1970)
The Jaguar E-Type's Asian doppelgänger has a similar beautiful look like the Jag with perhaps more brains underneath. The thought that went straight into the car became the hallmark of Japanese sports cars. See, being cool doesn't just mean looking good (however it mostly means looking good ).
The folks at Datsun balk at calling the 240Z a sports car. For them it is a personal GT car. Even so, they know perfectly well who the customers will be-sports car buyers-adventuresome young Americans who were collecting their dollars for the Opel GT or MGB-GT or Porsche 914 until something better came along and changed their minds. Still, the personal GT car description somehow fits. It separates the Datsun from whimsical, superficial sports cars such as the Opel GT and moves it off into your mature class of automobiles which has more to provide than simply amusement. The Z-car, as It's arrived at be called, is an real transportation automobile, meant just the maximum amount of for coast-to-coast journeys as it's for playing around on idyllic summer days. Datsun is perhaps right. The Z-car really is not a sports car.
What could a Japanese automaker possibly understand about making a proper GT car? It was eventually a good question inside the 1960s, once the British, Germans, and Italians controlled the sports-car market, and also the Japanese, with a couple of notable exceptions, built economy compacts. But on October 22, 1969, Datsun unleashed the 240Z : a smooth straight-six with dual carbs and 150 hp, a four-speed manual, four-wheel independent suspension, a curb weight around 2350 pounds, and seductive styling that will have caused it to be attractive at any price. For $3526, about a similar like a 92-hp MGB GT and a few $2000 lower than a Jaguar E-type, it was eventually a revelation. Seems, Japan knew a hell of plenty about building GT cars. No surprise, the Z is now leading the surge of rising values for Japanese collector cars.
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