1974 Datsun 260Z

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Date of creation: 
1974
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ID/Accession No: 
HT2001.0483
Description: 

Silver two seat, two door coupe with 2.6 litre in-line 6 cylinder engine.

History: 
The Nissan S30 was the first generation of Z GT two-seat coupe, designed by a team led by Mr. Yoshihiko Matsuo, the head of Nissan's Sports Car Styling Studio from 1969 to 1978. It was sold in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z and in other markets as the Datsun 240Z, then later as the 260Z and 280Z. Between 1970 and 1978 it was also produced as a 2+2 hatchback by Nissan Motors, Ltd. of Japan. Due to its relatively low price compared to other foreign sports cars of the time (Jaguar, BMW, Porsche, etc.), it became popular in the United States and was a major success for the Nissan Motor Corporation, which at the time sold cars in North America under the name Datsun. The 240Z also broadened the image of Japanese car-makers beyond their econobox success. The Datsun/Nissan Z model has continued to have strong sales and an enthusiastic following.This vehicle appears to have originally been built as a 240Z but had been rebuilt as a 260Z before being sold to the Premier of South Australia, Don Dunstan. It is likely this occured before delivery because Nissan was aware of the publicity it would receive as a car owned by the Premier, and coincided with the release of the 260 model.
Significance: 
This vehicle was originally driven by former South Australian Premier Don Dunstan shortly before his death in 1999. It is an example of the growing success of Japanese made cars in the Australian market.
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