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[Datsun 1200 encyclopedia]


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Category: Datsun B210

Datsun-Nissan South Africa produced specials based on the Sunny Excellent B210 series, marketed as 140Z and 160Z. These were coupe-only with special tape stripes applied.


Datsun 140Z


John Conchie, former racing driver and renowned tuning specialist, first came to prominence as co-founder of Alconi Developments in Johannesburg in 1964. He was instrumental in the development of a succession of special models for several South African motor manufacturers, including Renault 8 Alconi, Fiat 1500 OTS, Fiat 124/125 Scorpion, Datsun 1600 SSS Zero and Datsun 140Z.


The 140Z was model number KPB210(GKQ) thus offered only in Coupe (K) form, was equipped with the L14 carbureted engine, manual transmission, and marketed as the DATSUN 140Z.

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According to this plate, the 140Z was manufactured by Nissan Tokyo, but assembled by Datsun-Nissan South Africa. They may have received partially assembled units from Japan, and completed them, or they may have gotten CKD (Completely Knocked Down) sets and fully assembled them right in South Africa. At some point in time it is known that South Africa started manufacturing vehicle in-country (notably at their Rosslyn factory).

WA 140Z cardomain
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There were minor cosmetic differences between the 140Z and 140Y GX:

  • DX/GL front grill (without integrated driving lights)
  • front and rear spoilers
  • different side marker lights
  • blacked-out bumpers
  • mag wheels <source?>
  • unique exterior graphics
  • twin Dellorto sidedraught carburetors
  • 'D' grille badge
  • '140Z' rear badge

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Datsun 160Z

GB211 160Y Coupe was the basis for the 160Z special.


Datsun 160Z - Limited Series 
1978: 120 Nov-Dec
1979: 121

The 160Z also in Coupe-only form, was introduced for the 1978 model year:

  • Front spoiler
  • Canary Yellow with black stripes
  • "Mexican Stripe" cloth seats color-matched (yellow and black), high back
  • Twin Hitachi sidedraft carbs
  • L16 engine from the 160U-SSS
  • Larger brake rotors and calipers
  • Revised rear leafs and shock absorbers with anti-tramp properties
  • Alloy wheels designed by Eddie Keizan of Tiger Wheels
  • rear window Louvers

reference: 160Z Road Test (ZA)
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160Z spotted
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Mexican-stripe seats


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Datsun 140 (B210)
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old school racers
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Z Part Numbers

140z parts numbers