1969- The 240z goes up for sale in the U.S. on October 22, 1969. It’s equipped with an L24 engine (2.4 liter inline-6). The car produces 150 bhp and the 0-60 time is under 9 seconds. Price? Only $3,526 U.S.
1970- Less than a year after its released, the Kelly Blue Book rate is $4,000 for a used 240Z.The Datsun is taken to the track in SCCA competition and takes the C-Production national championship for Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE).
1971- The Datsun 240z gets its second C-Production national title with BRE.
1973- Towards the end of the 240Z's last model year, 116,712 cars were sold.
1974- The engine is increased to 2.6 liters(L26), and the car is re-named the 260Z. To meet emissions requirements, HP is decreased to 139. Also, the 1974 model brings the choice of a 2+2 body. The 2+2 had fold-down rear seats. '74 being the only year the 260Z was sold in the U.S, it set a single-year-Z-car sales record of 63,963 cars sold. The 260Z also took home another C-Production national championship.
1975- Tougher emissions means needing more complex technology, so Nissan Motors swap the L26 engine for the L28(2.8 liter), and add a version of Bosch's L-Jetronic fuel injection creating the 1975 280Z which produces 149 HP. The 280Z is entered in the IMSA GTU (Grand Touring under 2.5 Liter Engines) and wins 8 races and takes home the gold. It also wins another C-Production national championship.
1977- a 5-speed transmission becomes an option. HP is boosted to 170. 67,331 cars sold making the highest z-car sale year to date.
1978- The Black Pearl Edition 280Z is sold being the only Z painted black. This is the last year for the 1st generation body.
1979- The first year of the 2nd generation Z is sold, the 280ZX. It has a higher level of luxury to meet buyers demands. The 280ZX is named Motor Trend's "Import Car Of The Year" and it sets the highest Z-car sales record with 86,007 cars sold. It captures the Z-cars 10th consecutive SCCA C-Production national championship and wins another IMSA GTU title for Datsun( American version).A special edition 280ZXR is sold to the public.
1980- T-Tops are introduced as a new option for the 280ZX. Total Z-car sales reach the half million mark.
1981- The option for a turbo-charged engine appears. Sales remain brisk through 1983.
1982- The 280ZX wins the first IMSA GTO (Grand Touring Over 2.5 Liters) championship ever for Datsun.
1983- The last year of the 2nd generation Z-car.
1984- The 3rd generation Z-car makes debut, the 300ZX. The all new 3.0 liter V-6 engine puts out 160 HP while the turbo-charged engine put out 200 HP. This is the 2nd best selling year with 73,652 cars. A 50th Anniversary Edition is sold to commemorate Nissan Motor sports Of Japan's 50th year in existence (founded in 1934).
1985- The 300ZX turbo sets 10 track records.
Late 80's- minivans and SUV's become extremely popular setting the Z-car sales down. Nissan develops more of a performance orientated z-car to make debut in 1990. 1989 is the last year for the 3rd generation Z-car.
1990- The all new fourth generation z car, the new 300ZX has a more aggressive stance and features a DOHC( dual over-head cam) 3.0 liter V6 engine that produces 222 HP (VG30DE) for the normal model. The VG30DETT that is put in the twin turbo-charged model creates an amazing 300HP. The 300ZX turbo is named Motor Trend's "Import Car Of The Year" award, and also puts it as "One of the Top 10 Performance Cars". Automobile Magazine honors both models as its "Design Of The Year", and the twin turbo model in the "All Stars" category. Road and Track see's it as "One of the Ten Best Cars in the World". Car and Driver names it "One of the Ten Best Cars". Accumulative Z-car sales reach the 1,000,000 mark in 1990 making it the all-time best selling sports car ever.
1991- The twin turbo model is once again named Car and Drivers "Ten Best" and Automobile Magazine's "All-Stars".
1992- For the third straight year the twin turbo model is in Car and Drivers "Ten Best" and Automobile Magazine's "All Stars".
1993- The twin turbo model for the fourth straight year is named Car and Driver "All-Stars" and Automobile Magazines "Ten Best" list. first year for the convertible.
1994- A race made Z wins the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours at Sebring, and wins the GTS class in the 24 Hours of Lemans, making it the only car to ever win all three in one year. For the fifth straight year the twin turbo model is named Car and Driver's "All-Stars" and Automobile Magazine's "Ten Best".
1995- '95 marks the 25th anniversary for Z-cars. The 300ZXTT is named once again, Car and Driver's "All-Stars" for the sixth year straight.
1996- Because it did not meet the U.S. safety and emissions standards, this is the last year the 300ZX/TT is sold.
1997- People start hearing rumors of another Z-car in progress.
2003- Nissan designed the all new 350Z. The new Z-car was equipped with a new engine, the VQ35DE and put out 287HP and 274ft/lbs of torque.
2004- the introduction of the 350Z roadster.
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