Last updated Nov 12, 2013
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.
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)
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.
1972 carbs with racing filters
Monza header and exhaust
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