When it was new in 1969, the Datsun 240Z was a European-style Japanese sportscar. It had a straight six like the E9 BMW 2800CS and styling that somewhat mimicked the Jaguar E-Type, with its sugar-scoop headlamps, long hood and cab-backwards design. At the time, it was a cheaper alternative to those European cars and others like the Porsche 911. Over the years, the Datsun has come into its own, and while it's still cheaper than most of its European contemporaries on the secondhand market, owners like Dave Scholz are now appreciating what makes the 240Z different, as seen in this Petrolicious mini documentary.

Scholz owns a hot-rod 1970 240Z with a naturally aspirated 3.0-liter engine making 300 horsepower, and he's smartly fitted it with an exhaust system that lets him hear every pop and gurgle on the overrun, not to mention the beautiful song the car makes at full throttle.

Be sure to head below to watch the story of Scholz' 240Z, and crank up the volume to listen to its raucous exhaust note.


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      Dixon Ticonderoga
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want the 240/60/80 Z and the C3 Corvette to get the Icon/Singer painstaking restomod treatment from a dedicated company. I think it's time.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      awesome car. very unique. petrolicious is one of my favourite shows. they are just classy.
      S.
      • 1 Year Ago
      My dad's second car was a 240z. It still is a gorgeous car, timeless design. I hope to restore my own one day.
      Titansfan1967
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of the first car i desired too own. My dad was so in love with the firebird. He finally bought a 300 zx turbo in 1986!
      The Law
      • 1 Year Ago
      Driving a classic car here in Los Angeles is dangerous, people drive like they walk down here. Texting, caking on make up and reading scrips is more important than paying attention to the road apparently, even cops do it.
      swimd
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome car and video. I want one of these, fully restored by someone else. Just love the beautiful line and proportion of this classic car.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      A man down the street has a Nissan 240Z sitting out in the elements all day... I'm tempted to give him an offer and rescue it from him.
        Brodz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brodz
        Turns out it's a 260Z and it's up for sale.
      flammablewater
      • 1 Year Ago
      Favourite car.
      Cyrus Brooks
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love those old school Z-cars. The first car I bought with my own money was a 280ZX. I wish Nissan would go back to making straight-6 engines. V-6s sound horrible.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      That sounds so wonderful. Had a girlfriend in college with one of the 1974 only 260z's - in that ugly olive green.
      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another car I absolutely love. I almost bought a '76 280Z once but when I saw it I seriously almost needed a tetnus shot just from looking at it..... and it wouldn't start.
      SteveM
      • 1 Year Ago
      The beauty of this car was never lost on me, even "back in the day". I had a 260Z. As time goes by however it's true beauty grows on me... simple ... beautiful... iconic. Still fresh today to look at. @ Dixon Ticonderoga, I recall reading about a company that does Resto-Mod's on these cars. It was more than likely in Car and Driver, maybe within the past 5 years.
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