Sport Car / Special Spec Car
The Fairlady Z was developed as the successor to the Fairlady 2000 (SR311). In late November 1969, the S30 (first-generation model) was launched (announcement: October 18). At first, only a 2,000cc model was available, but two years later, in November 1971, the 240Z was launched in Japan (announcement: October 20), powered by a 2,400cc engine.
With the adoption of a closed body design, the Fairlady Z was able to offer much improved comfort and safety. And thanks to the high-performance engine and 4-wheel independent suspension, it gained a strong following in overseas markets. As a sports car, it was a rare best seller: the total number of models produced for the whole series topped 1 million units.
The engine for the 240Z was the powerful L24 (2,393cc, 150PS) used in the models exported to North America. There were 3 grades available: the 240Z (1.15 million yen), the 240Z-L (1.35 million yen), and the 240Z-G (1.5 million yen). The top-of-the-line 240Z-G - with its long nose, over-fenders, and rear spoiler - was the fastest Japanese car, boasting a top speed of 210km/h.
This particular vehicle, preserved by Nissan as a commemorative car, is a 240Z-G that served as a patrol car with the Kanagawa Prefecture Highway Police from March 1972. It has 370,940km on the odometer. Specially equipped for highway patrols, it features a siren, flashing red light, speedometer with stop device, and a radio.