About 1971 Datsun 240Z
Initially, Datsun had a hard time breaking into the U. S. automobile market, similar to other Japanese automakers, but they had one ace up their sleeve: the 1971 Datsun 240Z. Although the Datsun sports car debuted in the United States in 1970, it was not until 1971 when sales of the Z car, which enthusiasts also know as the Nissan Fairlady Z or Nissan S30, finally began to gel. The 240Z is a powerful two-door, rear-wheel-drive sports car with a design reminiscent of other popular sports cars of the day, such as the Opel GT and the Porsche 911. This Datsun 240Z rolled out of the factory with a 146-cubic-inch, L24 inline-single overhead cam 6 engine mated to either a four-speed manual transmission or a three-speed automatic transmission. The Z is capable of achieving 151 horsepower at 5600 RPM and 146 lbs. per foot of torque at 4400 RPM. This is the result of the engine's alloy head, cast iron block, and two valves per cylinder. Although orange is the most common color, other factory colors are available, too, including black, white, silver, and blue. Even though rust is a common problem with older Datsun models, there are still plenty of 1971 Datsun 240Z models available in the large inventory of sports cars on eBay. For those nostalgic for a time before emission systems robbed cars of their power, the Datsun 240Z is terrific choice to energize that journey.