Nissan S30: Fairlady Z & Datsun 240Z Review
Welcome to Datsun 240Z For Sale!
The Nissan S30 which was sold in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z and in North America as the Datsun 240Z; is a classic race car coupe. The Nissan S30 was the first generation of the Z GT two-seat coupe and the 240Z was the first model produced in 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973. Although Nissan was an active brand in international markets, their import cars were sold under the Datsun marquee in North America. Thus for this reason the car is known in the United States, Canada and Mexico as the Datsun 240Z.
The Datsun 240Z was popular during its production as it was a low cost alternative to higher priced sports cars from overseas made by auto brands such as Jaguar, BMW and Porsche. The 240Z continues to be a highly sought after car today among racing, rallying drifting enthusiasts along with classic, vintage and Japanese care collectors.
Website Mission & Purpose
As the Nissan Datsun 240Z continues to be a highly popular car on the used market, the goal of this website is to present every Datsun 240Z For Sale in North America, specifically United States and Canada. We provide resources for both buyers and sellers as outlined below. Read on to learn more about this site and the Datsun 240Z are jump directly into the classified ads by using the navigation to the right.
While there are a few really quality resources online focused on finding late model Datsun cars, and using Craigslist is great for local search; there is (was) not one place dedicated to the 240Z. 240ZForSale.com is designed to be the ultimate source for people looking to buy a used 240Z regardless of condition. Rather they are looking for a mint condition showroom 240Z, a barn find or a parts car; we display all relevant ads on this site. You can use the navigation to the right to select by model year, state or for Canada. Please Contact Us with any general questions regarding this site.
For those who wish to sell a Datsun 240Z, OEM salvage parts or new aftermarket accessories; this website is also here to serve them. We provide this service free of charge; however we are currently in BETA mode so the process is not as streamlined as it will be in complete launch. The best and easiest way to use this service now is to create a local Craigslist ad and to fill out our form on the List Page including a link back to your ad.
The major benefit of using our site is that you will received direct access to buyers looking specifically for 1970, 1971, 1972 or 1973 Datsun 240Z. It is also a great way to get exposure to buyers outside of your local area on Craigslist without paying the fees of eBay, AutoTrader Classics or other national paid directories.
Nissan S30 History
The original Nissan S30 was designed by Yoshihiko Matsuo and brought to the American market by Yutaka Katayama, president of Nissan Motors for USA operations. The 1970 and first half of model year 1971 were referred to as the Series I and were unique in that they had a few different exterior stylings than later model Nissan S30 cars. During the Datsun 240Z production run from the second half of 1971 "Series 240Z cars" and continuing through model years 1972 and 1973; Nissan continued to modify the cosmetics of the car including interior and exterior redesigns.
The 240Z has two distinct honors including being the winner of the 1973 21st East African Safari Rally. The driver was Shekhar Mehta. In 2004 Sports Car International also named the Datsun 240Z as the second best Top Sports Cars of the 1970s.
Datsun 240Z Cutaway
Datsun 240Z Specifications
Listed below are the major specs and features for the stock Nissan Datsun 240Z. As the Datsun 240Z was and is commonly modified by owners including engines swaps for the larger L28 2.8L from the 280Z along with V8 engines from Chevy, Ford and Rover; the numbers below may be very different from 240Zs on the used market.+ Engine: 2.4 L L24 SOHC I6 / 2,393 cc (146.0 cu in)
- Bore: 83.0 mm (3.27 in)
- Stroke: 73.7 mm (2.90 in)
- Power Output: 151 hp (113 kW) at 5600 rpm (SAE gross)
- Torque: 146 lbf-ft (198 Nm) at 4400 rpm (SAE gross)
- Carburetor: Twin Hitachi HJG 46W 1.75 in (44 mm) SU-type
- 4 Speed Manual: Final Drive Ratio - 3.364:1 (37:11)
- 3 Speed Automatic (1971 - 1973): Final Drive Ratio - 3.545:1 (39:11)
- 5 Speed Manual (Non US): Final Drive Ratio - 3.90:1 (39:10)
- Front Independent: MacPherson Struts (Lower Transverse & Drag Links)
- Rear Independent: Chapman Struts (Lower Wishbones, Coil Springs)
- Wheelbase: 90.7 in (2,300 mm)
- Length: 162.8 in (4,140 mm)
- Width: 64.1 in (1,630 mm)
- Dry Weight: 2,355 lb (1,068 kg)
- Wheels: 4.5J-14 steel wheels with 175SR14 tires
- Top Speed: 125 mph
- 0 to 60 mph: 8.0 s
- Fuel Economy: 21 mpg (Gas Mileage)
- Steering: Rack and Pinion
- Brakes: Front - 10.7 in Disc | Rear - 9.0 in X 1.6 in Drums
Datsun 240Z Concept
Nissan launched a unique program in 1998 in order to stir up attention to the 240Z and bring the Nissan S30 line back into the public eye. In an unprecedented move, Nissan purchased original 240Zs and restored them back to factory specs. These were sold to dealerships for $24,000. A year later in 1999 a concept car was unveiled however future designs have deviated from the classic style.