Films: Dare to Be Different in a Datsun 240Z

Dare to Be Different in a Datsun 240Z

Owner, Dave Scholz, shares his connection with a Japanese cult classic that could easily be regarded as the 911 of Japan. Its iconic beauty, modular mechanics, and desirability inspired Dave to heed to Datsun’s famous racing campaign of the ‘70s, “Dare to be different.”

American heads spun when the 1970s ultimately snuffed out their beloved horsepower-drunk muscle cars. As the world watched them squirm for performance, Japan was busy developing the 240Z to bring a new thrill to American roads using balance, harmony, and technology.

“Datsun didn’t invent the overhead cam engine, or disc brakes, or independent suspension but it has a habit of incorporating these sophisticated systems into brilliantly conceived and easily affordable cars.” (Car and Driver; June, 1970)

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Phil Ray
Phil Ray
1 year 1 month ago

All Datsun 240Zs can be added to the growing registry on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/121977164809467/

Antonio
Antonio
2 years 1 month ago

i just wanted to say that this video has inpired in me a love for the car. Just how did you get it to sound that way? Thanks for creating an obsession!

Arturo Mendoza
Arturo Mendoza
2 years 6 months ago

Anyone know what type of airdam is on that Z… would like to get one.

Thanks,

AM

Dave
Dave
2 years 6 months ago
I had a neighbor had a silver 71 240z, he would start his car up in the garage next to ours and all my friends would say what the hell is that. Long story short this guy had a Ensenada special, the camshaft he had made for his car was called a “Chico Grind” not sure what other mods were done other than the obvious header pipe and exhaust. Once a year this guy would go to Ensenada to stretch the legs on the old Datsun, and for those that know Baja and highway 1 you don’t know what your… Read more »
niko
niko
2 years 7 months ago

anyone knows what the soundtrack is? 🙁

Jim Ritz
Jim Ritz
2 years 11 months ago

This Z is the inspiration for the Z I’m rebuilding! Does anyone know what size wheels and offset he is using? I really think it looks good on his car!

David Bailey
David Bailey
2 years 11 months ago

I would love one with the same specification. Sounds amazing.

Brian May
Brian May
2 years 11 months ago
This video came out on my 44th birthday. Prior to that day, I had previously owned five different Z’s. The most recently sold was a very modified 350Z roadster. Ever since selling the roadster in July, I felt like I sold off a very essential part of my soul. A Z owner is very different from many other car enthusiasts. The Z isn’t the fastest but it holds a spirit that the designer successfully carried through the design. That spirit transfers to the owner. Dave does a great job talking about his one-on-one bond with the car. All of these… Read more »
Veinticuatro Kilates
Veinticuatro Kilates
3 years 1 month ago

Beautiful!!! in ten years I will drive my 300ZX TT with the same pride as these as timeless classics

Richard Goldstein
Richard Goldstein
3 years 1 month ago
Dave, thank you on several fronts. First for taking custody of such a landmark vehicle and showing it the TLC but also driving it. I am glad it is not a 100\% stock Concours restoration with better paintwork then it had originally. Love that lump. Webber carbs, kick ass exhaust, upgraded suspension. The whole magila. Secondly, I had a 1970 in 77 at the ripe age of 16. 18 months later I drove off the road the in the wee hours of the morning of Thanksgiving after nodding off on my way home from hanging out with the crowd and… Read more »
Michael Squeo
Michael Squeo
3 years 1 month ago

OMG – What a sound. (Is that an Alfa T-shirt you’re wearing?) – Eddie Relvas is right about the sound coming out of a good six. Nothing better and makes my Alfa/Ansa combo sound barely ok. The Z just sings. Well done Dave!

C Helme
C Helme
3 years 1 month ago

Great video!Very enjoyable to watch, the guys obviously a petrolhead and loves his car 🙂 and who wouldn’t? that INL6 sounds glorious and I love the compact design of the car… There is an interesting Autocar article of September 1972, comparing this to the Alfa Romeo 2000GTV and it was a very very close call between the two. One reviewer preferred the Z, the other the GTV.

Adam Fairfax
Adam Fairfax
3 years 1 month ago
WOW … what an awesome car. I have been building a RHD 1971 240Z with a very similar set-up that is in the final stages of completion, following over four years work. Like Dave, I’ve stuck with the original L24 motor, but with porting, boring, trick extractors and triple dual throat O.E.R racing carburetors it’s good for ‘only’ 250HP, still a decent hike over 150hp stock. The car is due for completion in a few weeks, and now has Panasport eight spoke racing wheels, Koni Sport suspension, and Dunlop tarmac rally tyres. I hope to show you when she’s ready.… Read more »
Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay
3 years 1 month ago

Nice, clean work all around, Adam. Please do share when you are ready.

Jim Parker
Jim Parker
3 years 1 month ago

I had a red ’70 240Z in college and for a few years after. Always wished it had more power. Looks like Dave addressed that issue. Love everything about this car. The exhaust note is intoxicating!

Erik Tomlinson
Erik Tomlinson
3 years 1 month ago

Why the hell do Americans call them “Dotsuns”? It’s DATsun!

Also, beautiful car etc etc. 😀

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay
3 years 1 month ago

Very nice.
Looks great, sounds glorious.
I’m inspired.
Thank you.

D.j. Hite
D.j. Hite
3 years 1 month ago

All your videos make me want whatever particular car is featured. I watch the video, get all excited and rush off to craigslist or ebay to look for examples of the featured car. Well done!

Esteban Morales
Esteban Morales
3 years 1 month ago

Small world, I’ve seen this guy’s car on my street a few times – sounds even better in person!

Eddie Relvas
Eddie Relvas
3 years 1 month ago

What an awesome sound! I’ve always maintained that a good six makes the best noises, and this proves it! Even I, as a diehard italian car enthusiast, have to admit to wanting one after watching this. The lines are pretty faultless, and there’s quite a sound machine underneath. It’s not perfect, but a machine that’s enjoyed on a regular basis is much better than a councours queen. As always, awesome video!

Ollie Streek
Ollie Streek
3 years 1 month ago

Lovely 240, sounds fantastic.
Check out my 240z on youtube, it’s a rat car with a full restoration underneath.

Steven Stamopoulos
Steven Stamopoulos
3 years 1 month ago

What a beautiful car and video!

Rich Breese
Rich Breese
3 years 1 month ago

Such a beautiful Z. Awesome video guys, been waiting for a something S30 related. I enjoy just walking past mine, looks just like his but blue. He is dead right with the rear 3/4 of them, so much good looks on a vehicle.

Nathan Leland
Nathan Leland
3 years 1 month ago

That sound is so sweet, love the shirt too!

Nathan Leland
Nathan Leland
3 years 1 month ago

Having a stepnose I was motivated to find the shirt and thought I would share for those of you interested too… http://www.drivenautowear.com/category/shirts

orgigeorgie
orgigeorgie
3 years 1 month ago

Such a cool car and video. Shared on my facebook business page 🙂

BiTurbo228
BiTurbo228
3 years 1 month ago
The part when he talks about all the older people coming up to him and saying how they had one back in the day, and telling him stories about it. I get this exact thing when I tell people I have a Spitfire. First thing my dad said when I showed him the spitfire I’d found was ‘I had one of those as a first car. My dad (my grandad) bought me one that had been rolled as a first car and I fixed it up’. He went on to tell a story about how he and a friend were… Read more »
Stephan P
Stephan P
3 years 1 month ago

Stunning! Too bad Datsun lost their way (name change included) and started building bloato mobiles like the later Z cars, this is a reminder of how great they once were.

Witawas Srisaan
Witawas Srisaan
3 years 1 month ago

Always wanted one when I was in my teenage years. Nice to see one is still running and screaming. Also very cool Alfa T-shirt.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
3 years 1 month ago

That sound is spine tingling! Cool car, cool video and Dave, has a very cool jacket too!

Josh Clason
Josh Clason
3 years 1 month ago

I was jealous of his jacket while I was filming this.

Edwin Verhaagen
Edwin Verhaagen
3 years 1 month ago

Wow! The looks and sound of this car are awesome!

Rodney Wren
Rodney Wren
3 years 1 month ago

[b]That is one sweet sounding Z. Man every Tuesday I want a different car. Just have to get the 944 Turbo I just bought on the road to satisfy some cravings. Great video.[/b]

Josh Clason
Josh Clason
3 years 1 month ago

That is a car that also deserves a video.

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