This is the best feature of Datsun 240Z

The Datsun 240Z was a game-changer that the Japanese needed to enter the American automotive market, and it entered the market with grace.

Earlier when Datsun started producing their vehicles, they all came in box-shaped housings that made them look like a piece of an engine in boxes. It was the popular thing back then, until 1970, when Datsun finally decided to do something different than what people knew him for.

The result is the Datsun 240Z, a cool two-door coupe sports car. It caught the attention of many people and gave the Japanese automaker a name in the United States.

The 240Z entered the market to compete with several other luxury cars at the time. These included the MGB GT, which was in production 5 years before the 240Z, the Opel GT and the Porsche 914. These all had their sporting characteristics and were high performance sports cars at the time of production of the 240Z. What then makes Datsun’s 240Z different from others?

Let’s take a look at some features of this sports car.

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Datsun sports car performance

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No one would want to buy a sports car without looking for its performance. Why would anyone call it a sports car without great performance in the first place?

When it comes to performance, horsepower and speed are two important factors to watch out for in any sports car, and Datsun didn’t disappoint in that regard.

The 240Z has something that one could call remarkable at the time. With a 2.4 inline six-cylinder engine that produces 151 horsepower, the car can reach a top speed of 126 mph and go from 0 to 60 in eight seconds. It’s not what you would expect in any modern sports car, but for the time, it had pretty decent performance, able to compete with its rivals.

Power transmission is via a five-speed manual gearbox and the car is rear-wheel drive. Those numbers gave it an edge over some of its rivals at the time, most notably the MGB GT and the Opel GT, both of which have top speeds of 115 mph. Even though the Japanese car did something good with the performance of its car, it had something even better, the appearance. This, we can confidently call its best feature.

The 240Z has a good look to complement a good performance

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When it comes to looks, the Datsun 240Z has exactly the appearance one would expect from a sports car. What’s better than an affordable, high-performance sports car with a attractive exterior?

Besides its fairly good performance, the exterior characteristics of this two-door coupe speak volumes. The Japanese got tired of their square cars, so they gave the 240Z what it deserves; a sporty and aggressive silhouette.

Throwing away the boxes, Datsun did something different for their first Z car, a sleek body with a long hood and a short rear – a typical sports car design. This design is what you will find in some modern sports cars, such as many modern Ferrari models.

The protruding front bumper fits perfectly into the mudguard, giving the circular headlights a perfect view.

The sides have flowing lines without a break with the B-pillars, and the short rear is all the car needs to have that great look.

You could probably say that Yoshihiko Matsuo, the designer of the Datsun 240Z, did a really good job, and his design was way ahead of its time. This has to be the best feature of Datsun’s sports car.

Not only does the car look good, but Datsun combined that with something great – affordability. At the time of production the Datsun 340Z, compared to other sports cars, it was the most affordable. It had a starting price of $ 3,500. It was much lower than its competitors which cost thousands of dollars more than it was. This gave the car an edge in the auto market, and the Japanese automaker responded by producing more. However, today the price of the 240Z continues to skyrocket with the rise of each new day.

One downside, however, to the 240Z’s beautiful tread pattern is that it does rust. This is because some of its parts hold water, especially outdoors.

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Simplicity is all that is needed

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the spacious luxurious interior 240Z has a beautiful and simple look that is one of a kind. The instrument panel has the typical 70s style, containing several gauges arranged in such a way as to give the instrument panel a wave shape.

The arrangement of the aerators is very simple, the same goes for the steering column; simple and cool. No extra buttons or buttons to add weight to the car. All of this makes the car light and easy to control.

To top it off, the all-black vinyl and plastic wrap of the car’s interior completes everything about it. Datsun really gave us enough reasons to love the Datsun 240z: simplicity, performance, and affordability.

Datsun prepared the car well for both daily driving and highway cruising – a precious delight. The Datsun 240Z is a sports car considered to be one of the most important classics in history.

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