1973 Datsun 240Z
1987 Porsche 944 S
Head to Head
When I got my drivers license in 1973 the musle cars were pretty much done. The cars from Japan were catching on with the younger kids, cause the first oil crises made gas prices jump to something like .47-.50 cents per gallon!!! My father got me a 1973 Plymouth Duster, but I really wanted a Datsun 240z. It took me almost 39 years but I found one that was built the same month and year I turned 16. This Datsun is like a time machine for me, I feel like a kid when I drive it and I try to drive it often.
I bought this car used in 1992 with 45,000 miles. It now has 184,000 miles on it and is going strong!
The "S" model was introduced in 1987 and positioned between the base 944 (145 hp) and the 944 turbo (217 hp). The 944S engine differed from the engine used in the base and turbo in that it had a 16-valve DOHC head instead of the 8-valve SOHC head. The engine put out 188 bhp in US form.
The "S" model was produced in 1987 and 1988. In 1987, there were 5,862 "S" models produced. Of those, 3,127 were imported into the U.S., so it is a fairly rare car.
In 1990, the engine was enlarged to 3.0 liters, and the model was renamed the 944 S2. In 1992, the 944 S2 evolved into the 968.
Until the Acura NSX was released, the Porsche 944 series was considered the best-handling car sold in America.
Specs for “Buzzz”
Engine: 2,393 cc (146.0 cu in) L24 I-6, cast-iron block, alloy head, seven-bearing crankshaft, single overhead cam, 9.0:1 compression; Maximum recommended engine speed 7000 rpm. Bore: 83.0 mm (3.27 in)
Stroke: 73.7 mm (2.90 in)
Fuel system: Mechanical fuel pump, twin Hitachi HJG 46W 1.75 in (44 mm) SU-type carburetors
Power: 166 hp at 5600 rpm
Torque: 160 lbf·ft at 4400 rpm
Transmission: Four-speed manual
Final drive ratios: Four-speed manual transmission: 3.364:1 (37:11)
Brakes: Front: 10.7 in (270 mm) discs
Rear: 9.0 in (230 mm) x 1.6 in (41 mm) drums
Suspension: Front: Independent with MacPherson struts, lower links, coil springs, telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar
Rear: Independent with Chapman struts, lower wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers
Steering: Rack and pinion, 2.7 turns lock to lock
Wheels: 4.5J-14 steel wheels with 195/70 SR 14 tires
Wheelbase: 90.7 in (2,300 mm)
Length: 162.8 in (4,140 mm)
Width: 64.1 in (1,630 mm)
Dry weight: 2,355 lb (1,068 kg)
Top speed: 139 mph (233.35)
0 to 60 mph (97 km/h): 7.0 s
Typical fuel consumption: 21 mpg-US (11 L/100 km; 25 mpg-imp)
Specs for “944S”
Engine: 2.5L (2,479 cc / 151.3 cu in) inline 4, DOHC, 16 valves, two balance shafts, aluminum block, cross-flow aluminum head; 10.9:1 compression; Bore: 100 mm (3.94 in); Stroke: 78.9 mm (3.11 in)
Power: 188 hp / 140 kW at 6000 rpm
Torque: 170 ft lb / 230 Nm at 4300 rpm
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Final drive ratios: 3.889:1
Brakes: Front: Internally Vented Discs
Rear: Internally Vented Discs
Wheels: 7J x 16 front / 8J x 16 rear
Tires: 205/55ZR16 front / 225/50ZR16 rear
Wheelbase: 94.49 in (2,400 mm)
Length: 168.9 in (4,290 mm)
Width: 68.31 in (1,735 mm)
Height: 50.20 in (1,275 mm)
Curb weight: 2,866 lb (1,300 kg)
Factory Options for “Buzzz”
All 240z's had a 4-wheel independent suspension consisted of MacPherson struts in front and Chapman struts in back. Front disc brakes and rear drums were standard.
The 240Z used twin, variable venturi Hitachi one-barrel side-draft SU-like carburetors.
Due to its relatively low price compared to other foreign sports cars of the time (Jaguar, BMW, Porsche, etc.), it became popular in the United States and was a major success for the Nissan Motor Corporation, which at the time sold cars in North America under the name Datsun. The 240Z also broadened the image of Japanese car-makers beyond their econobox success.
Factory Options for “944S”
Guards Red exterior
018 Leather-covered steering wheel w/ raised center hub 380 mm and matching leather shift boot
158 Blaupunkt Radio "Reno" AM/FM Cassette
197 Higher amperage battery
341 Central locking system
395 16" Forged Alloy wheels with Anti-Theft Device and Dunlop Tires (928-style wheels)
(Tire size: 205-55/WR-16 F, 225-50/WR-16 R)
404 Stabilizer bars F/R (standard on turbo, optional on others)
418 Protective side moldings
423 Cassette container and coin box
432 Sports steering wheel, leather 363 mm, 4-spokes
441 Fader, antenna booster, 4 speakers
454 Cruise control
455 Wheel locks
474 Sport shock absorbers (standard on turbo, optional on others)
533 Alarm system
553 Version for USA
566 Rectangular front fog lights
567 Windshield green graduated tint
573 Air conditioning w/ air conditioned glove box
576 Without rear fog light
650 Removable top with electrically operated tilt device
651 Electric windows
657 Power steering
946 Partial leather front seats
As equipped, the MSRP for this specific car in 1987 was $36,506.
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