Nissan Authorized Restored Nissan 240Z's
 
   Z-Car Sales in the US
1970
15,988
1971
18,920
1972
34,605
1973
47,199
1974
63,963
1975
31,151
1976
55,199
1977
67,331
1978
62,699
1979
86,007
1980
53,698
1981
73,177
1982
63,855
1983
55,011
1984
73,652
1985
71,781
1986
60,090
1987
33,282
1988
20,051
1989
4,165
1990
39,290
1991
17,653
1992
6,704
1993
9,801
1994
4,836
1995
 4,176
 
 
On May 3rd at the US Headquarters of Nissan Motors in Gardena, CA they introduced the first of the factory authorized refurbished 240 Z's. Introduced in 1970 the sticker price of a New 240Z was $3,526, the refurbished Z's will run $24,950. The cars, 200 of them, are being done by Pierre'Z Service Center in Southern CA. And will be sold through 10 Nissan dealers designated as "Z Stores".

After the Z's were selected from across the country (many came from Arizona and areas similar due to the more rust free condition) they are fully disassembled, then each part is inspected and inventoried. The unibody is inspected, repaired if necessary and then dipped and painted. From there any parts needing replaced are ordered (yes they have access to parts we don't). Everything is kept as original with the exception of tires, (hard to find the original size) and a few other suspension parts (bushings, struts). The other difference is a small sticker on the quarter window and an emblem on the center console designating it as an official Nissan refurbished Z.

Many a Z fan quickly spotted the yellow Z in the first "Enjoy the ride" TV ads Nissan showed. Although name as "the first Z car" in those ads it is actually the Z that belonged to Yutaka Katayama, the man responsible for bringing the Z-car into existence and delivering it to the US It was difficult at times convincing Japan that the American market needed a car like the Z. Once here the Z became instantly popular. Waiting lists were what you generally saw when going to the dealer to buy one. Many people bought them then turned around and instantly sold them for more than they had paid. The Z quickly got involved in racing and an aftermarket performance parts supply before only seen by Mustang and Camaro owners sprung up.

At a time when Japanese cars were quirky boxes the Z set Nissan's(then known as Datsun's) place in the US A test drive of the 240Z prompted one writer in the early 70's to comment "While we may have won the war it is clear who will in the end rule the roads."

One of the restored 1970 240Z's went for $33,920 the 12th Annual Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction. I was lucky enough to be in Monterey for that weekend (no Citibank wouldn't raise my card limit that high)and brought back some pictures . Look for more pictures coming soon along with clips from the Nissan Z car brochure on the restoration.

Nissan cut the restorations off after about 40 cars were completed. Short of their initial goal of 200 they still definitely managed to remind people of the part that the 240Z played in automotive history.
 



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