1977 Datsun 260Z 2+2 2.8 TWIN SU from Australia and New Zealand


A real 'drivers' car


Front dampers were a little soupy when I first bought her and original engine was very tired.

She is high mileage, not sure how much due to the 5 digit odometer.

She was riddled with rust, seriously riddled.

Interior was appalling, but she had been sitting for 5 years.

General Comments:

This car suits me perfectly. I have driven more powerful cars, cars that are more comfortable, quieter and more luxurious.

We also own a 2nd generation Honda Legend; I prefer to drive my z.

The z has serious handling ability, is very neutral when pushed close to the edge.

When pushed further, she exhibits a tendency to mild initial turn-in under-steer, but is easily converted to mild over-steer with a bit of throttle.

Interior is great if you like the more 'classic' styling.

The seating position is great, instruments are clear and accurate, the clock works twice a day, and the engine is smooth without being so smooth that it can't provoke a coarse growl when pushed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2003

1974 Datsun 260Z 2.6 petrol from Hungary


An E-type for the masses



Prop shaft

Suspension bushings

(all normal wear)

General Comments:

Datsuns rule.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st October, 2003

29th Jul 2004, 06:57

Hi, andrew here,

Thanks for the page.

Just bought a '76 260z. It's a beautiful car to drive, but needs more power. I was thinking about putting a ford v8 and 4 speed.

Does anyone know where I can get info from others who have done this.

Please reply, thank you.

1976 Datsun 260Z 2.6 L26 6-cylinder petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Underrated classic


For its age and mileage, not a lot (not sure of exact mileage, because Odo only had 5 digits!)

Radiator problems, eventually fixed by replacing the whole thing.

Heating and air conditioning didn't work when I bought it, and I never bothered fixing it.

Vapour lock during hot Australian summers.

Small amounts of rust appeared around fuel filler and rear window.

General Comments:

Sensational car. Australian version was infinitely better than the US version, and better than the UK version as well, due to our lax emission laws and design rules at the time. Much closer to original 240Z.

Mine was the 2-seater, not the 2+2. Took a while to find one, as the 2+2 is much more common, but the 2-seater is far better looking.

Very few problems with it, and I was clocking up a fair mileage, using the car as my daily driver (up to 500km/week).

Poor ventilation, exacerbated by all-black vinyl interior, no air-con, made for a bit of a sauna inside during summer, but I learned to live with it.

Similarly, lack of heating was a problem in winter.

Also seemed to have some sort of leak from the engine bay to the cabin, as it tended to smell of exhaust fumes quite a lot. But since I generally drove with the windows down all-year-round (to cool down the interior in summer and stop windows fogging up in winter!), it wasn't a major hassle.

One day I will buy another one and restore it properly...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2003

16th May 2004, 22:05

Exhaust smell in the cab is sometimes caused by a bad seal around the rear hatch. Tends to suck the exhaust from the tailpipe back inside.

1974 Datsun 260Z L26 I-6 from North America


A true classic sports car!


I need to replace the rear end. It has had a clunking problem since I bought it, I have the parts now though, just haven't installed them.

It has had a few electrical glitches. The tachometer doesn't work, and the headlights went out on me. The headlights are fixed now.

General Comments:

I love this car! It is a dream. I can depend on it every morning to start right up and get me to work, fast.

I have after-market carburetors on it, so it isn't stock, plus new wheels.

The handling in this car leaves me breathless every time I push it. It never leaves you wishing for more.

Acceleration is astounding. Beautifully powerful motor, and great geared tranny.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th November, 2001

18th Feb 2008, 10:08

Refering to the clunking in the rear end: what was the problem, what caused it? I am having the same trouble with mine, and can't figure it out.

5th Oct 2014, 09:31

Clunking is caused by the front diff mount getting tired, usually caused by a leak of either engine or gearbox oil blowing back and softening the rubber. Mounts are still available, but you'll only get 1-2 years out of it unless you fix the leak.

Otherwise the cars are solid as a rock. I've had mine for 15 years now and it has never let me down.

Rust is a concern, so if you're serious about the car, get it proofed by a professional (someone who works on beach driven 4WDs, get references).

Later Nissan gearboxes are stronger and much better shifting. Never buy cheap rear wheel bearings or driveline universals; only Japanese or European (ask for proof of origin).

Lastly, prepare to spend a bit of time talking about it, especially at service stations/anywhere you park. These things are becoming rare and people notice.

6th Oct 2014, 14:45

Personally I feel building a well ventilated garage is better. Rustproofing can fill drain holes and leaves etc can trap inside. Sure you can powder coat frame cars or use POR 15, but I prefer a nicely detailed undercarriage. I have a lift in my garage that cost under 2k. If it's bad out the car stays inside. I had a 280ZX and they will rust if you daily drive them in the wet and snow.