Here’s an interesting story: I spotted a 240z while flagging down a Corvair 95!
This guy was hummin’ along well over the speed limit in his blue Corvair 95 van, wheels tipped in – really punchin’ it!
Lol looking at the picture again – man, this says so much. You can see my speedometer..i’m going 40 and barely keeping up!
So I sought to flag him down to chat Corvair, and ended up at his driveway. Lo’n-behold, his neighbor owns a yellow Datsun 240z w/ some very interesting modifications i’ve never seen before! Check it:
You really get a Knight2000 vibe to it, yeah? You know when KITT goes into Super Pursuit mode? :]
First off, he’s got the Xenon body trim all the way around – left the rear black. Blacked out gas door and turbine styled wheels. Can’t really see it but also a stacked muffler like a Master Blaster. But what are those 2 items?! Is that a hatch spoiler? Are those white hatch vent covers?
Let’s work our way up: white hatch vent covers. I’ve never seen these! Usually, they’re slotted and chrome hatch vents, minimally raised from the hatch. These are clearly well pronounced comb-like covers made to force air down and out. Of course the ‘net doesn’t give much on these obscure guys!
Now check out that hatch spoiler! Again the internet lets us down! Though dark, it didn’t seem like it was home fabricated, so there’s got to be something out there on this! Anyone?
Now I KNOW we’re living in the right neighborhood! Just a street down from my house I spot…
What an example of a classic Datsun 240z! One of these days, I’ll head over there and we’ll get a chance to know more about this guy!
From the Bay Area Datsun Z Facebook community, I met Hector, owner of a 1972 240z! What a great guy, and he really needed Z flares. I just happen to have them! Actually, I had them for quite awhile, initially thinking they’d be on the 280z, but my dad convinced me otherwise (which was a good decision for the style of my car). Regardless, they’ve gone to a good home!
Hector’s 240z is powered by a L28et (turbo’d) riding on BC coilovers. Just check out that whale tail!
My 280z may not have the killer stance / looks of the ZG flares, but the NEXT Z will DEFINITELY have them on!
[edit, 10/11/17] – Hector put the fender flares on and they look awesome – good job, man!
Highlighter yellow 240z on 101!
Mirrorless and on Centerlines.
I like the louvers…gotta find me some shades!
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:
Short post today – my cousin sent this over from Petrolicious. Love that site. You wanna spend your afternoon down the blissful car-enthusiast abyss?
Thought so. Start it off with this one:
Mom and Dad spotted this white Z up in Palo Alto!
“A little rough around the edges…”
Regardless, shows well in pics 🙂
Bumper-less, badge-less, and lowered on wide Rota Shakotans. Better yet, looks like a daily!