Datsun Fairlady Roadster to 280ZX: The Z-Car Story

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9781845840310: Datsun Fairlady Roadster to 280ZX: The Z-Car Story
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Announced in October, 1969, the Datsun 240Z quickly earned worldwide recognition as the car the big Healey should have become. But the book starts earlier than that with a history of Datsun, followed by the Fairlady sports cars and the Goertz-designed prototype which sired both the Toyota 2000GT and, in response, the 240Z. The author lives in Japan and has had considerable help from the factory to tell a very complete story, including buyers guides and competition histories the 240Z was a particularly effective rally car. - Review from The Automobile, January 2007

With a foreword by Yukata Katayama, father of the Z-car, you know you're on to a winner with Fairlady Roadster to 280ZK: The Z-car story. Japan-based author Brian Long had the full co-operation of Nissan when writing this book, so it's an authoritative history of the cars from the launch of the Fairlady Z in 1969 onwards. It's insightful and informative with some great archive shots, and useful appendices feature general and engine specs as well as a buyers' guide. - Review from Retro Cars magazine, December 2006

This latest title from Brian Long covers one of the most fascinating times in the history of Datsun (Nissan), and is guaranteed to appeal to any classic sports car enthusiast who enjoys a good tale. The entire story is told in great detail, ending with the 280ZX of the 1980s, and is an entertaining and interesting read for anyone fascinated by the Japanese motor industry. --Review by Paul Guinness for Classic Car Mart, November 2006

Simply called the Z by fans and general auto enthusiasts alike, the Japanese sports car landed on American shores as the 240, and the history of the model varies as much as the number designations over the years, depending on whom you talk to. Most of the general history is easily passed from one person to another; however, the deep background and its birth are rarely shared - at least among the general enthusiasts. Brian Long has finally brought the early story of the Z to the forefront in the first of two volumes, the second of which has already been released to the public, covering the 300 and 350ZX editions. Welcomed and endorsed by Yutaka Katayama-the father of the Z car - Long dives deep into the humble beginnings of the automaker's history that began with the DAT in 1914. Rediscovered is the history of the company, the meaning of the word Datsun, and why the letter Z was chosen for their new sports car. Long does not stop at the U.S. import market, but also divulges the history behind its entry into the U.K., and its stunning on-track success in the '70s and early '80s, both at home and abroad, with drivers such as Bob Sharp, John Morton and Paul Newman. The 208-page story includes 298 illustrations, as well as general specifications covering all Z models and the early Fairlady Roadsters, not to mention engine specs and production figures. Whether you're a Z enthusiast or just an admirer of sports cars in general, you'll enjoy this. --Review by Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, September 2006

This publication covers the often forgotten history of this Japanese manufacturer before moving on to its earlier contributions to the sports car arena. It is not very well know that, under the influence of Austin, Datsun was producing open sports cars in the early 1950s. We are taken through those early days and on to the release of the Fairlady in 1961 and are reminded that despite its resemblance to the MGB, the Japanese car was released first. It's interesting to read about the 240Z's competition history and the various models available in other parts of the world. Sadly, the DOHC Z432 engined version never reached our shores. Although concentrating on the earlier versions, the book then continues with the 260Z and 28OZ. Well recommended. - From Australian Classic Car, February 2005

IF YOU want to know the full production history of the Z, this is the book for you. In full chronological detail over 200 pages, it gives you a concise history of Datsun before progressing to the tale of the marque's hugely successful sports car, right up to the point where it became a flabby cruiser. It's well-researched, down to demystifying the relationship between stylist Count Albrecht von Goertz and the 240Z. Illustration is plentiful and there are brief appendices on buying advice and technical specs. - Review Classic Cars, August 2006

JAPAN was a relatively late entrant to the sports car market but, when it took the plunge, it did so in its usual thorough manner: despite having virtually no sporting heritage the Fairlady of the I960s was a genuine MGB rival and, as we all know, the 240Z finished it off. Liberally illustrated with period ads, Brian Long's softback is lively yet full of detail and includes chapters on Z-cars in racing and rallying. --Review by Octane Magazine, August 2006

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The Datsun 240Z inspired a generation of enthusiasts, outselling and outperforming almost all of its contemporaries. This book covers the full story of the Datsun sports cars, from the Fairlady roadsters through to the final 280ZX production model, illustrated throughout with contemporary material.

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