Datsun Fairlady 240Z
Fairlady 1969-1978 - 240Z 1969-1973
Body versions :
Gasoline : 2.0-2.8 liters(93-118 kW)
Curb weight :
Datsun 260Z 280Z
The Datsun Fairlady and 240Z built from autumn 1969 to 1978 for the Fairlady the 240Z built until to 1973 of the Japanese car manufacturer Nissan .
At the Tokyo Motor Show in late 1969 Nissan presented as the successor to the Datsun Fairlady a new, closed sports car, which was again marketed in Japan as Fairlady, exported as Datsun 240Z.
The vehicles manufactured by Nissan were sold under the Datsun brand, especially in export. From the beginning of the 1980s, all cars produced were also delivered under the Nissan brand. Meanwhile, the Datsun brand has been reanimated for export to sell small cars in India and Russia, among others.
The Z-series replaced the Datsun Fairlady and was replaced by the Datsun 280ZX . In the Japanese home market, this wore the name inherited from the predecessor Fairlady .The Z was a major commercial success for Datsun with nearly 500,000 Z and ZX copies sold in nine years. The vehicle was manufactured by Nissan Shatai .
The two-seat combination coupe with self-supporting steel body was in the export with a 2.4-liter straight-six (Type L24) with light-metal cylinder head and two constant pressure carburetors Hitachi HJB equipped. The choice was gearbox with four or five gears and a three-speed automatic. All wheels were suspended individually on struts and wishbones: in front a MacPherson - and behind a Chapman axle.
In Japan, the 2.4-liter was not available (above 2.0 liters displacement luxury tax came on), the local Fairlady had a two-liter inline six-cylinder (S20 type) with double camshaft cylinder head and 3 double carburetor Mikuni. In the home market, the Fairlady Z was offered with shorter, the export model corresponding front end, next to the Fairlady ZG with just under 20 cm longer muzzle, with Plexiglas covers in front of the headlights and in the bumper relocated cooling air opening. There was also the Fairlady Z432a motorsport evolution model with its own 24V two-liter six-cylinder engine (type S20), which was designed much shorter-stroke and thus more revving than the production machine (bore × stroke: 82 × 62.8 instead of 78 × 69.7 mm). The production engine was, like that of the 240Z, equipped with two SU carburettors, the Z432 engine with three Mikuni double carburetors. The Z432 was based on the Z432R, a lightweight version with Plexiglas panes and other weight-loss measures.A total of 156,073 vehicles of this type were created.
A Fairlady Z432RA model that is exclusively available in Japan. For homologation purposes, a Fairlady Z with the double cam 2.0 L inline six-cylinder "S20" engine shared with the KPGC10 Skyline GT-R was released in Japan's domestic market (JDM) to enable its use as a rally car. All of the Z432R's were orange, with black aluminium wheels and a low-luster black hood. Over the Z432, the Z432R had lighter front guards, doors, and bonnets, as well as further engine improvements.
In 1996, Nissan began marketing in the United States as part of a "Vintage Z" marketing campaign, buying up 240Z and undergoing extensive restoration. They were then sold to ten different Nissan dealers for $ 25,000 with a new car warranty. Of the planned 200 copies, only 37 were completed and delivered in 1997 because the restoration cost more time than expected.
With the L20 2.0-litre straight-six SOHC engine, rear-wheel drive, and a sleek coupe body, the Fairlady Z was released in late 1969 as a 1970 model. The engine, based on the four-cylinder from the Datsun 510, produced 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) JIS and was available with a four- or five-speed manual transmission.
Only 2-liter variants were available to Japanese buyers when export models switched to the bigger 2.6-liter 260Z in 1974. The Fairlady 260Z was supposed to be released, but the oil crisis put a stop to it. However, the 260Z was accessible in Okinawa until 1978, and it drove on the right side of the road.
To comply with tougher rules, the carburetted engine's power was reduced to 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) in 1973. In Japan, the Fairlady was only available via Nissan Bluebird Stores, which were Nissan dealerships. The L24-engined Fairlady 240Z model (HS30) was also available in Japan, albeit the larger engine put it in a much higher tax bracket. The Japanese-spec 2.4-litre engine generates 150 PS (110 kW; 148 horsepower) JIS at 5600 rpm, but it was terminated in 1973 due to low sales due to the fuel crisis, and only two-liter Fairladys were available until August 1978, when the Fairlady 280Z was introduced.
The Fairlady Z received all the changes as applied to the export models, including the addition of a long-wheelbase 2+2 model. Introduced in January 1974, this received the GS30 chassis code. In 1975 the L20 engine gained fuel injection to meet new emissions standards (A-S30, A-GS30) and once again provided 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) JIS. At the end of July 1976 the car received the NAPS system, including an EGR system, to meet the stricter yet emissions standards in effect for this year, bringing with it a change in model codes to S31 (C-S31/C-GS31). At the same time, the more luxurious Fairlady Z-T model was introduced - this was strictly an equipment level and did not include a T-bar roof, which was first seen on the succeeding generation Fairlady.
All of the changes made to the export models were transferred to the Fairlady Z, including the addition of a long-wheelbase 2+2 model. The GS30 chassis code was assigned to this model when it was first introduced in January 1974. Fuel injection was added to the L20 engine in 1975 to meet new emissions rules (A-S30, A-GS30), and it once again produced 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) JIS. To meet the stronger yet emissions requirements in effect for this year, the automobile acquired the NAPS system, which included an EGR system, by the end of July 1976, resulting in a change in model codes to S31 (C-S31/C-GS31). At the same time, the Fairlady Z-T, a more opulent variant, was introduced.
Datsun 240Z / Datsun Fairlady Specifications
Fairlady Z / ZG (Japan)
Fairlady Z432 (Japan)
6-cylinder in-line engine (four-stroke)
Bore × stroke:
83 × 73.7 mm
78 × 69.7 mm
82 × 62.8 mm
Power at 1 / min:
(130 DIN PS)
(130 JIS -PS)
Max. Torque at 1 / min:
206 Nm at 4400
166 Nm at 4400
176 Nm at 5600
Two horizontal carburetors SU
Three horizontal double carburetors Mikuni 40
Overhead camshaft, chain driven,
Z432: 4 valves per cylinder
aW three-speed automatic
Four- or five-speed manual
aW three-speed automatic transmission
Five-speed manual transmission
Strut axle, wishbone, coil springs
Chapman strut axle, wishbone below, coil springs
Disc brakes in front, drum brakes in the back
Rack and pinion steering
Sheet steel, self-supporting
Track front / rear:
4135 × 1631 × 1295 mm
Z: 4115 × 1630 × 1285 mm
ZG: approx. 4300 × 1630 × 1285 mm
4115 × 1630 × 1290 mm
Maximum speed (factory):
200 km / h
180 km / h
210 km / h
0-100 km / h:
Consumption (liters / 100 kilometers):
about 12.5 s
about 10-15 s
about 11-16 p