On the newest episode of Petrolicious, the team takes a look at a perennial favorite from Japan. Glenn Chiou talks to Petrolicious as to what makes his 1972 Datsun 240Z-L so alluring.
Chiou sourced this relatively uncommon “L” JDM model Z from an avid collector in the Santa Cruz mountains. After paying a premium for the car, he spent the next three or four months bringing the right-hand drive coupe back to life.
Instead of the original 2.4-liter engine, Chiou’s Z is now motivated by a 3.0-liter inline-six, with triple Mikuni carburetors. Chiou spent an enormous amount of time sourcing special “period correct” parts for his Z. “What I was really trying to go with, was the period modified car. I tried to pick pieces out of the Datsun competition catalogue,” Chiou said. “It drives like it would back in the day, it feels like it would back in the day, and it smells like it would back in the day.”
Today, Chiou can’t stop driving his Datsun throughout northern California, hitting roads like Highway 9 and Highway 35 with the flat-six singing. He likes the 240Z-L not just because of the way it drives and the way it looks, but also because of its heritage. Without the 240Z, Chiou notes, we wouldn’t have today’s Nissan 350Z and 370Z. And Chiou also likes that he can easily work on the car and fix problems himself, rather than relying on a dealership’s understanding of complicated technologies.
For a closer look at what makes this 1972 Datsun 240Z-L so special, take a closer look at the latest Petrolicious video below.