Datsun 240z: Ah, the early ’70s. Those were the years of Three Dog Night, the (temporary) beginning of the end of The Doors, and President Nixon. In the world of classic cars, muscle cars, and all things car-related, it was a great year.
The 1971 Datsun 240 Z made quite a splash in the United States sports car market, and according to ConceptCarz.com, “Road and Truck said ‘it was the most exciting GT in a decade.'” However, the car wasn’t exactly readily available for those looking to purchase one. After its launch, it had a seven-month waiting list full of people grappling to get their hands on one. Those lucky enough to get one paid around $3, 596 in 1971 dollars, which equates to about $19,803 and change today.
Under the hood, an inline 6 cylinder engine whirred, producing 150 horsepower with a displacement size of 2393 cc. The 240 Z had four-wheel independent suspension and overhead cams with twin carburetors. Needless to say, relative to its other sports car counterparts, this car provided a low-cost option for those hoping to own a sports car.
Fans of classic cars often like to see models which are within reach, because let’s face it, the economy isn’t what it used to be, and this car certainly fit the bill for a great car at an affordable price…see what we did there?