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September 2004 Issue
 
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Datsun Z Literature
By Robert McLellan
 
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As speakers at the Houston "Z" Club, McLellan's Automotive History reinforced the value and accessibility of literature available for members' cars. Two surprises caught our attention: a) youthful enthusiasts, often teenagers, find the 1970s Z-cars affordable and desirable restoration projects and great fun; and b) literature for these cars is not very common, especially original sales literature. At swapmeets and on eBay 1970s foreign sports car literature does not appear as often as you might think it would. These cars and their literature are now becoming rare, but that is what happens after 30 years. Now is the time to find the literature because it will not get cheaper or more common.

 

Datsun 240-Z automobiles hit the American market in 1970, just when British sports cars were beginning to fade from the scene. The market for a high quality, inexpensive and exciting sports car was wide open. The 240-Z was modern in design and styling and had performance and handling superior to anything in its price range. Sports car magazines such as "Road & Track" and "Car & Driver" showered it with praise and, overnight, the $3,500 price became inflated by dealers who gleefully watched their waiting lists grow.

Later in the 1970s the 240-Z became the 260-Z and then the 280-Z/ZX. Now, with the introduction of the 2003 350-Z, early Z models are nostalgically being sought after, along with literature on those cars. Like the members of the Z club, you may be surprised at the variety of literature that is available for those early models.

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If you visited a Datsun dealer when the 240-Z initially came out in 1970 this is the brochure you would probably have received. Simple and to the point since the cars were selling themselves. Click here for full description and price.

 


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Every car needs an original Owners Manual. Click here for full description and price.
 


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Are your options factory original, dealer add-ons or a local shop's after market brand? Don't pay for original when it is not. Catalogs provide information for correct identification. Click here for full description and price.

 


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In 1974 a revised version of the Z-car was introduced as the 260-Z. With a larger engine and other updated components, the 260-Z was only available for one year. The brochure on the right is a Japanese version which was printed in English for export models. Click here for full description and price.

 


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1974 was also the year a 260-Z 2+2 was introduced. The catalog on the left is the initial May introduction publication and the catalog on the right is the British version. Click here for full description and price.

 


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The 1975 Datsun Competition Parts catalog includes part numbers, descriptions of parts and quantity of each part needed for Datsun 240-Z, 260-Z, 510, 610, 710, 1600, 2000, 1200 and B-210 competition models.
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In Japan the Datsun Z-car was called the Fairlady Z and had a 2000 c.c. engine. A very impressive and elaborate catalog was produced for their home market. Click here for full description and price.

 


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The 280-Z was introduced as a late 1975 model, with more engine displacement and larger tires. Late in the 1978 model year the 280-ZX was introduced. The ZX replaced the Z for 1979 and continued until the 1984 300-ZX arrived. Click here for full description and price.

 


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From 1976-79 Scarab Engineering produced a Z-car conversion which replaced the engine with a 350 H.P., 5.3 litre, V8, with tuned suspension, special interior, paint and magnesium wheels. Click here for full description and price.

 


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Factory made custom accessories ranging from special gear shift knobs to floor mats, wheels and rear window louvres were available from the factory or as dealer installed and can vary significantly from what is in the car today. Click here for full description and price.

 

McLellan's Automotive History has hundreds of catalogs for models of Datsun from 1958 to the 1980s, plus many through more recent years to the present. For a complete listing click here

 
 
 
The Automotive Chronicles, September 2004
 
 
 
 
 
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