S30 Z Cars 70-78
The Z car first came to the U.S. as the 1970 Datsun 240Z. The 240Z was an
instant success in the United States because it offered performance on par
with other import sports cars like Porsche's, BMW's and Jaguars at a much
lower cost. With features such as an overhead camshaft, 4 wheel
independent suspension and MacPherson front struts, it was miles ahead of
U.S. car makers.
The S30 body style continued production until 1978. After the 240Z came
the 260Z, which had various improvements over the 240Z such as factory
climate controls, increased power output and also came with the first ever
2+2 ( 4 seater ) option. Unfortunately U.S emissions standards were too
strict for this model and it was only sold in America as a 74 model, while
sales continued in other countries.
In 75 the 280Z was introduced. Sporting the same S30 body, with a newly
designed fuel injected 2.8 liter engine that complied with American
emissions standards and made more torque at the cost of less top end
horsepower and more weight.
The powerplant for
the S30 Z cars, the
L series engine.
This picture is an
L24 2.4 liter inline
six for the 240Z.