Ah! October. What a great month – leaves are turning, there a chill in the air, the sun is starting to get lazy in the morning and grumbles, “fall is here”! Well it’s also an important month for the Datsun Z.
Back in October 22nd, 1969, Nissan released one of its most successful cars ever: the Nissan Fairlady Z, or known as the Datsun 240z here in the States. Sold as a 1970 year model, it featured a 2.4L inline-6 engine and only cost $3,526 USD; a price on par with its contemporaries at the time: the MGB-GT (love that car) and the Porsche 914. In short, it was a success for its affordability, reliability, performance and great looks.
The 240Z helped usher in a new perspective on Japanese sports cars to the American public, and continued its success of the S30 chassis with the 260z and 280z. And as they say, “the rest is history”…or just a link below 🙂
A few cool Datsun 240z ads:
We know that shape anywhere…
My mom and I were checking out houses in the neighborhood, and I did a triple take. She was like, “what are you looking at?!”
Z’s can’t hide from us!
Zoom in and you can lines for thin bumpers, and those clean wheels peeking from under the car cover. From the back side I saw a patina’d reddish / orange body…
I’ll roll around again someday soon and see if we can interview its owner!
From my daily check on Craigslist:
Datsun Car Show + Swap Meet
10/25/15 from 8am to 4pm
Doors open at 6am for vendors to set up
2455 Masonic Dr San Jose CA
– $5 entrance fee (per car)
– $15 selling fee
– Food and drinks will be sold at the venue
So if you’re looking to buy much needed Datsun parts (who isn’t?) or want to sell some of your parts collection then start planning for this event NOW!
Please pass the word along to make this event a successful one so we can continue to plan events like this in our area in the future.
“what ever happened to the Datsun? Still driving the Z? Hey! You never told me you sold it?!”
The 280z is still alive and well. Unfortunately work has been bit super busy these past few months – gotta make $ to spend $ (for the Z), right?! 🙂
But that doesn’t me I don’t have time make a few clicks here, and toss a few things into the shopping cart. I recently picked up these:
Fuel injectors! Last post I did for the new battery terminals, I found that the injectors were being held down by some kind of tired silicon adhesive. One touch and the engine starts to fade drastically!!
Here’s a brief un-boxing:
I can probably expect slightly better performance / efficiency, and almost guarantee increase in reliability.
Now, time to move the cars…taking the Z to work 🙂
I’d like to say my absence from blogging has been because of negligence…or wrenching on the car (you’ll see in the upcoming posts it’s been both), however we open Daily Datsun and 2015 on a somber note…
In February, Yutaka Katayama, well known as “Mr. K” and the ‘father of the Datsun Z’, passed away at a long-lived age of 105. The former President of the Nissan Motor Co. not only brought the company and it’s cars to the world market, but brought so much more to the automotive world. When the 240z hit the US in the 1970’s, it was a hit and the rest is history.
Check out the full write up @ Car and Driver:
It’s with deep sadness that we lose such an icon, however we can remember his contribution and legacy through the joy and pleasure of driving the Z and all other Datsuns that are still on the road today.
Thanks to cousin Mike for the article!
Huh?! First the car needed a jump start for some reason, then on my way to an appointment: headlights go brown, instrument lights get dimmer… Engine, having a hard time firing, turning, accelerating so I can keep up with highway speeds.
Then it goes dark. Out. Broken. Down.
Man and wife pull up next to me.
His black on black late 60’s Stingray ushers in the night even though it’s only dusk. It’s body, alive and clawing at the road even though it’s not moving. I give a hesitant yet enthusiastic thumbs up..
He rolls down his window and says…
“Hey dats like a little corvette, huh!?”
.. In the most Jeff Foxworthy-esque voice.