1971 Datsun 240Z
In the 1950’s and early 1960’s the British car and truck industry was one of the largest and most successful in the world. A series of small blunders led to bigger blunders, with even the government getting involved in a way that turned out not to be very helpful. If you’re a history buff, a good book about this is British Leyland: Chronicle of a Car Crash 1968-1978.
Of course, one big factor was external. That is, cars from other countries were getting better. A lot better.
Japan’s cars took a massive leap forward in the 1970’s, with one of the best examples being the groundbreaking Datsun 240Z. (“Z” to us, “Zed” to the Brits). For only a couple hundred dollars more than a comparatively primitive* MGB/GT, you got looks and performance closer to an E-Type Jaguar. Silky, powerful inline-six. Independent suspension. And gorgeous, modern looks. We want one.
And this looks as nice as any we’ve seen. Great color, and low miles. Find this 1971 Datsun 240Z in Arizona here on eBay.
* We own one, so we can say that.