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Datsun 240Z

Datsun 240Z 1960s Japanese classic sports car

The Datsun 240Z was released in '69. It would go on to become the best-selling sports car of the Seventies. It was proof positive that Japan was now in the top echelon, when it came to car - as well as bike - design. That was thanks, in no small part, to Yoshihico Matsuo - head of Nissan's Sports Car Styling Studio.

The 240Z was not just about looks, though. Its mean and lean straight six motor saw to that. It transported the Z to a top speed of more than 125mph. 151bhp was available. Capacity was 2,393cc. There was a 5-speed manual gearbox. As well as all-independent suspension ... struts up front, strut-and-wishbone at the rear. Rack-and-pinion steering was positive and precise. Last, but not least, was the Z's ear-splitting exhaust note!

Though its interior trim was not plush, as such, the Z came comfortably enough equipped. Its build quality let the side down a tad, however. Let us just say - rust took too many 240Zs before their time! 156,076 cars were built - up until '78. A lowish price tag - relative to its European rivals - helped the car's cause in the showrooms. All in all, the Datsun 240Z was a pukka 2-seater, to rank with the best of them. Japan was permanently plotted on the world's sports car map!