1974 Datsun 260Z

1974 Datsun 260Z

The 260Z was produced for less than 18 months, from the fall of 1973 to the very end of 1974, and there were two distinct styles therein: the 1974 cars, and a three-month run of what are alternately known as either 1974½ or 1975 cars. (Though the 260Z ceased production in December 1974, factory literature called them 1975s, and the terms appear to be used interchangeably.)

The first 260Zs looked similar, but they were different enough that Nissan published a 200+-page book chronicling the differences between the two.


Engine: Inline SOHC six, water-cooled, iron block and aluminum head
Horsepower: 139 @ 5,600 rpm
Torque: 137-lbs.ft. @ 4,400 rpm
Gearbox: Four-speed manual, all-synchro
Ratios, 1st: 3.59:1
2nd: 2.25:1
3rd: 1.42:1
4th: 1.00:1
Performance: 0-60 in 10.3 seconds
Quarter-mile: 17.8 seconds at 80.8 mph
Top Speed: 117 mph
Dimensions: (two-seat 4-speed 1974 model)
Length: 169.1 inches
Width: 64.1 inches
Height: 50.6 inches
Curb Weight: 2,660 pounds

Because Datsun reported production for the calendar year, rather than the model year, it’s almost impossible to figure out how many 260Zs were built. The best guess is 310,000 produced worldwide between the years of 1974 and 1978, with between 3,000 and 5,000 sent to the United States for the 1974 1/2 model year.

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