The Datsun 240-Z
That is an interesting
question! Over the years people have modified
these cars so much it can be hard to tell. People cut them up, put in parts
from other years or models of Z-cars, removed the original seats, radios,
body parts- even engines, and replaced them with non original parts. Now
that the 240-z has achieved "classic"
status, more and more people are realizing the value of building cars restored
to original specifications. It is our goal to build the highest quality
restored 240-Z autos.
of all the changes made over the years to the early Z's, it is often hard
to know what an unmodified 240Z should look like. In our restorations we
reference all sorts of brochures, ads, promotional materials and other
documentation, to make sure we get it right. Here are some of those references
that you can use as guides to see how the cars originally came from the
1970 240-Z with original color paint and wheel covers.
the hood of an original 240-Z.
The heart of the car
- the classic high revving L24 power plant gave smooth torque and plenty
of juice at high rpms. Very early Z cars used metal blade cooling fans
- many owners replaced these with the later plastic fan to lessen stress
on the fan clutch unit. Note correct cloth braid hoses and zinc plated
underhand hardware. Despite the appearance in this photo, the air cleaner
is not painted to match the body - all 240 Z's used a bright orange air
cleaner box, regardless of body color. The ID plate on the fender well
gives the chassis number and engine number - original "matching number"
cars should have numbers on the chassis and block that agree with the data
Most 240 Zs that you
will find will have a black interior. However, some cars were produced
with other interior colors. For example, cars with a green exterior came
with a tan interior as shown in this photo. There were also white, red
and blue interiors. Note that the armrests, dash and consoles were all
still black! The earliest 240 Z seats did not have an adjustable reclining
back. Most often these seats have been replaced by the owners with the
later reclining style seats. There is a noticeable gap where the seat back
and bottom meet on the 240 Z's seats and the exposed hardware on the seats
was painted a semi gloss black.
Original Dashboard & Steering Wheel
the correct steering wheel for the 1970 240Z did not have the cut-outs
in the spokes. The center was painted a semi gloss black and the faux wood
rim was also a semi gloss. There is the mysterious indent above the hazard
switch, and the speedo zeroes at 20 mph. Note the AM radio in the center
console and the flip up door to the fusebox. The 4 speed's shift knob is
genuine wood. The slot next to the choke was for cars equipped with a throttle
The Classic Datsun Z
Classic Datsun Z restoration project began in 1997 as an offshoot of our
involvement with Nissan's Z Store project and our renown Roadster restoration
service. On 10/31/98, Nissan officially ended the Z Store project
after only 40 of the 250 planned cars.
will continue building customer 240Zs to the original factory specifications.
We can personalize the cars as much or as little as the customer desires. Call
or e-mail for details and pricing.
recently completed restoring a former Ontario Motor Speedway Pace Car for
Bob Bondurant. The car was one of Bob's school cars back in 1971
and is now on display in his museum at his racing school near Phoenix.