Mr. K’s Z: 1972 Datsun 240Z
In 1970, the 240Z was introduced to the American market by Yutaka Katayama, president of Nissan Motors USA operations, widely known as Mr. K. Hence the title of this post. Kind of sounds like some rapper, but it isn’t. What makes this one so special? It has been in only 1 family since it was new. And, we like it big time. The eBay listing doesn’t say much but the pictures do. The interior looks good and has those funky chrome eyelets that are factory. And the diamond pattern vinyl on the transmission tunnel is reminiscent of Ferraris from years past. Ferrari used this feature on the rear package shelf mostly. A cool detail none the less. Car & Driver really like these cars when they were first road tested in 1970. They loved the engine’s willingness to spin to 7,000 rpm although they didn’t see the reason why you would go there. Getting back to this one – I wish it wasn’t root beer brown and the wheels need to go.
But many older Zs on offer look like this, so I’ll make do. Bid on it now on eBay.