In 1969 Japanese manufacturer Nissan produced there first generation of Datsun ‚ÄėZ‚Äô two seat coupes, the 240z which later became the 260z and 280z completing production in 1978. Its stylish looks owed a significant amount to a 1960‚Äôs design drawn by Count Albrecht Goertz for Datsun, at a time when they were considering ways to break into the European sports car market.
Developing around 150bhp the early cars were powered by a strong 2.4 Litre, straight six overhead cam engine mated to a five speed manual gearbox. Rack and pinion power steering and front disc brakes were also added to the 240z giving it the performance of the European sports cars of its era. As would the more refined 260z that would be produced in 1974 with a longer stroke 2.6 litre, straight increase power by 15bhp.¬† ¬†
In the 1970s, 240 and 260Zs were the car of choice for track use, given that the car‚Äôs drivetrain was heavily based on the 510 saloon used widely in motorsport, Zs (or the 24 ounce as they were frequently called) were popular with companies such as the Samuri Motor Company, who in the 1970s were producing modified 240Zs and 260Zs as standard.
First registered in August 1974¬† example was delivered new to the UK and is one of just a handful of surviving examples converted to Samuri specification. This particular example was owned and converted early in its life by Kevin Irons himself, a former partner of Spike Anderson at Samuri Conversions at Silverstone. Finished in the correct colours of Nissan 110 red and Rootes Tango bronze metallic the body work is said to be in good all-round condition as well as the interior which displays the correct period Hitachi radio. The car has the usual Samuri additions which include a modified engine with a gas flowed cylinder head, up-rated stage 2 fast road camshaft, triple Weber 40 DCOE carburettors, sports manifold and exhaust system along with a Mishimoto alloy radiator and S14a gearbox conversion. Previously the car was treated to an engine overhaul by historic road and rally restoration specialists, also documented are bills of general maintenance throughout the current vendors ownership.