Z car time line

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Postby Sky240PWR » Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:34 am

wow, almost a 100 views after i asked my question...no answers huh???......lol...it's cool, i found out it is very rare, it's considered the rarest of the bunch


here's one paragraph from the article which says it's rare.(toward the bottom)

Early 260s retained 240-type bumpers, adding chunky black rubber overriders, which added three inches to the front and another three to the rear, while the 1974½ models introduced all-new 5-mph impact bumpers that added yet another 6.3 inches of length and a whopping 130 pounds to the curb weight. That means that the big-bumper 1974½ 260Z was a full foot longer than the 1973 240Z, and all of it at the ends. These later bumpers also saw the turn signals move from beneath the bumper to inside the narrow grille slit; the later 280Z continued with these battering rams. Because they were only produced for four months, the 1974½ models are considered the rarest of the bunch--rare enough that the added bumpers, usually a detriment to sports-car values, have no ill financial effect.

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Re: Z car time line (jEzTeR)

Postby rangaraj1987 » Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:13 pm

The Z-Car Legend TimelineGet an inside look into the Z-Car Legend Timeline and gain a better understanding of where this superior car came from.Category > The Z-Car Legend Timeline See the entire timeline of the Z-Car, from the beginning until today. Trace the history of this well known, adrenile pumping icon.

Look back and witness the storied history of the beloved Z-Car. Brush up on your facts so that you will know where this Nissan Legend came from. Z-Car TimelineFollowing is a timeline gleaned from the Nissan Motors website, chronologizing the history of the Datsun/Nissan Z-Car legend...

• 1966 - Nissan Motors identifies a market for a new kind of sports car. Its product planners envision an agile, compact GT, whose performance and comfort would outrun its price. Nissan engineers begin work on a prototype, which would become the 240-Z.

• 1969 - The 240-Z goes on sale in the U.S. on October 22, 1969. It features a 2400cc six-cylinder, 150 horsepower engine, and delivers a 0-60 time of under nine seconds -- all for a price tag of only $3,526.

• 1970 - Less than a year after its debut, demand for the 240-Z is so high that the Kelly Blue Book rates the value of a used Z at $4,000! Bob Sharp and Pete Brock take the Datsun 240-Z to the race track in SCCA competition -- driver John Morton wins the C-Production national championship for Brock Racing Enterprises.

• 1971 - John Morton wins his second straight C-Production national title.

• 1972 - Bob Sharp drives a 240-Z to the first of his two consecutive C-Production national championships.

• 1973 - At the close of the 240-Z’s fourth and final model year, all-time sales reach 116,712 units.

• 1974 - The engine displacement of the 1974 model is increased to 2.6 liters, and the car is renamed the 260-Z. Due to stricter emissions requirements, horsepower is down to 139. 1974 also brings the introduction of the “2+2” body style, which accommodates fold-down rear seats. In its only year of existence, the 260-Z sets a single-year Z-car sales record at the time, with 63,963 units sold. Walt Moss extends Datsun’s Z-car dominance by claiming the C-Production national championship.

• 1975 - Needing increasingly complex technology to meet even tougher emissions regulations, Nissan boosts the Z-car’s displacement to 2.8 liters and adds a version of Bosch’s L-Jetronic fuel injection, creating the 1975 280-Z. Horsepower rating is increased to 149. Sharp moves up to the IMSA GTU racing circuit, winning eight races and capturing the championship. He also wins his third SCCA C-Production title.

• 1977 - A five-speed overdrive transmission is added to the 280-Z and horsepower climbs to 170. 1977 is also the Z’s highest sales year to date (at the time), with 67,331 units sold.

• 1979 - An all-new, second-generation Z-car is developed, debuting as the 280-ZX. The 280-ZX offers a higher level of luxury to meet the growing demands of the sports car customer. Named Motor Trend’s “Import Car of the Year” for 1979, the 280-ZX sets the all-time sales record for the Z line with 86,007 units sold. The Z-car captures its 10th consecutive SCCA C-Production national championship. Don Devendorf wins another IMSA GTU title for Datsun.

• 1980 - A new T-bar roof option is introduced. Cumulative American Z-car sales reach 500,000 units.

• 1981 - A turbocharged engine is offered for the first time on the 1981 280-ZX. Sales remained brisk through the 1983 model year.

• 1982 - Devendorf and his Electromotive racing team win Datsun’s first ever IMSA GTO championship.

• 1984 - The third-generation Z, the all-new 300-ZX, makes its debut. The 300-ZX offers sleek new styling and a powerful new 3.0 liter V6 engine, elevating the sports car’s performance image to even greater heights. The normally-aspirated 300-ZX produces 160 horsepower, while the turbocharged version offers 200 horsepower. The 1984 model becomes the second-best selling Z ever, with 73,652 units sold.

• 1985 - Paul Newman, splitting time between the SCCA’s professional Trans-Am series and the amateur ranks, sets 10 track records in his 280-ZX Turbo and leads the national championship race wire-to-wire to win his third title.

• 1986 - Newman wins his second straight SCCA GT-1 national crown.

• 1988 - Scott Sharp, son of the legendary Datsun racer Bob, wins his second straight SCCA GT-1 national championship, and his third title overall.

• Late ’80s - Toward the end of the 1980s, the overall sports car market faces a downturn due to a significant increase in consumer demand for multi-purpose vehicles such as minivans and sport utilities. Back-to-basics is the name of the game when it comes to sports cars, and for Nissan, it means a return to more of a performance orientation during the development of the next generation Z-car

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Postby tzh » Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:25 pm

Great thread , lovly .

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Re: Z car time line (jEzTeR)

Postby jerseymike68 » Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:23 am

thanks for these information

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Re: Z car time line (jEzTeR)

Postby PepperEvans » Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:09 pm

Funny that I stumbled on this forum, as my dad's Z32 is undergoing repair after I damaged its bumper last Monday. Wonder how much it would cost him to get it fixed.

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Postby grk nickafis » Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:57 am

1993 convertibles came out. i thought.

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Re: Z car time line

Postby JDMZ32 » Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:47 pm

Someone may have already said it, but the convertible Z32 was introduced in '93, not '91. '91 was the slicktop, which wasn't mentioned. Nice info though!

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Re: Z car time line

Postby JDMZ32 » Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:48 pm

Someone may have already said it, but the convertible Z32 was introduced in '93, not '91. '91 was the slicktop, which wasn't mentioned. Nice info though!

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Re: Z car time line

Postby AZ-ZBum » Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:30 am

JDMZ32 wrote:Someone may have already said it, but the convertible Z32 was introduced in '93, not '91. '91 was the slicktop, which wasn't mentioned. Nice info though!
Quit reading old, outdated, incorrect pages. This information is WRONG!.

A less confusing way of stating the convertible issue:
The first NISSAN Z32 convertibles were introduced in 1992 as a 1993 model year car. R.Straman started converting any 2 seater Z32 as early as 1989 when the 1990 models reached showroom floors.

Slicktops were made for every year of the Z. There were 62 1990 models with hard roofs.
source: NISSAN: http://www.thezregistry.com

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Re: Z car time line

Postby Akon » Sat May 25, 2013 3:39 am

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Re: Z car time line

Postby z32guyforlive » Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:55 am

my z is super fast. im talking like fast and furious fast. wanna race? letmeknow i will bet my pink slip on it. it has a 2jz in it its super cool. and a nice japanese spoiler its pretty nice to. fast fast fast.

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Re: Z car time line

Postby zzzZZZsth » Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:07 pm

The Z is a sweet ride. Unfortunately the manual on the z33,34 are horrendous. I love my car but all the naysayers (jay leno etc) not calling it a true sports car do have some merit here. However, it is still in my book a true sports car. Having said this I'm not sure how the older gens drive. But I will say that the Z wasn't meant to be sitting in traffic. That's for damn sure

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