Sign in to follow this  
Prowler

What are the main difference between the 240z, 260z & 280z?

    Recommended Posts

    As topic states, what are the major differences between these three cars and which would you say is a better vehicle and why?

    Thanks alot again guys

    Share this post


    Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Major differences...

    240Z = 2.4 L Engine

    260Z = 2.6 L Engine

    280Z = 2.8 L Engine

    Better vehicle? To each it's own I think, although the '73 240Z did come out with some crappy flat top carburetors that many people replace. Late 240Z, 260Z, and 280Z had bigger bumpers in the front and back, as well as different vehicle weight.

    http://www.zhome.com

    Excellent source of Z information. You'd be surprised how much the 240Z itself changed from 1970-1973 models.

    Share this post


    Link to post
    Share on other sites

    AND since you are posting from Barbados, you may want to consider that much of the information you'll find here and zhome is SPECIFIC to the US market.

    Not sure about Barbados, but you may have had more than ONE year of 260's, unlike the US which only had them in 75.

    2¢

    E

    Share this post


    Link to post
    Share on other sites

    The 260Z was a 1974 model in the U.S. 1975 - 1978 models were 280Z's

    The big differences here were the extra emissions controls on the 73-74 cars, and the introduction of fuel injection in 1975.

    Share this post


    Link to post
    Share on other sites

    280z's were fuel injected, an added benefit. Not sure if some later models(77 and 78) had 5 speed trannys, but some had the R200 rearend instead of the R180, a little bit stronger. I just hated the bumpers on the 280z's. The thin ones looked so much better. Oh, and 77 and 78's had vented hoods.

    Share this post


    Link to post
    Share on other sites
    What about body parts are there comparable

    Largely yes. Fenders, hoods, and hatches although not all exactly the same are perfectly interchangeable. Doors are not. Bumpers are different (got much larger and rubbery starting on late year 260Z's) but can be retro-fitted with a little work.

    5 Speed showed up as an option on the 280Z but I don't believe was standard during any model year.

    Read Zhome.com. It's all there.

    Share this post


    Link to post
    Share on other sites

    I don't know if I'm missing it, but I don't see anything on Zhome for topics on the 260Z. I wanted to know the car weight and compare to other S30's, but I am having trouble finding it through search. Can someone help me, please?

    Share this post


    Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Rough estimate...

    Early 240Zs weighed in at about 2400 lbs. They porked up a bit each year until the 260Z in '74 when they weighed approx 2600 lbs. The 280Zs were close to 2800 lbs. Actual numbers are out there, but I'm too lazy to find 'em... but these are close.

    Share this post


    Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Create an account or sign in to comment

    You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

    Create an account

    Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

    Register a new account

    Sign in

    Already have an account? Sign in here.

    Sign In Now
    Sign in to follow this