Friday, December 28, 2012
Datsun 240Z Sports car
Sports coupe Datsun 240Z was born in 1969. The machine was intended for U.S. car market. The founder of the American branch of Yutaka Katayama convinced management of Nissan in need of such a model. Official presentation of the new two-seater sports car Datsun 240Z held in New York in October 1969. Originally, the car would be called Fairlady, but fearing that the name is not accepted in America, limited numbered – Datsun 240Z.The exterior design in Datsun 240Z has been very successful, he was executed in classical style and reminded «Jaguar E-Type.” Technical stuffing also commands respect. Independent suspension with struts “McPherson” and stabilizer bars, copied from the “Lotus-Elan, provide excellent car driving performance.
The Datsun 240Z was one of the worldнs most groundbreaking sports cars. The 240Z wasn't the fastest, the most sophisticated or the most innovatively styled vehicle of its type. But what it did achieve was a combination of sports car driving characteristics, interior comfort and a level of affordability that the world's sport car market had never before seen. Like MGB had done in Britain in the 1960s, the Zed brought the thrill of sports car ownership to the masses in the 1970s.
In the wake of World War II, Nissan Motor Company Limited concentrated on building relatively pedestrian vehicles for its home market; its export program was sporadic. The company knew it could continue building basic, cheap transportation, but to become really successful it needed to turn its attention to America с the most lucrative automotive market on Earth. Mr Yutaka Katayama was employed by Nissan Motor Company Limited in 1960 and was charged with marketing in North America. Convinced that the best way into the US market was to introduce a line of sports-oriented vehicles, Mr Katayama pushed along the development of the convertible Datsun Fairlady 1500. It is said that the Fairlady 1500 was merely a copy of contemporary British sportscar designs like the MGB. Designed by Hidehiro Iizuka, it was first displayed at the Eighth Tokyo Motor show in October 1961. The 1488cc 4 cylinder motor developed 77 bhp with a top speed of 94mph. The car was released in Australia in mid 1963 and sold in small quantities.australiaforeveryone.com.au