• HISTORY: The story of Datsun, Nissan & Prince Switzerland – Part 3 “The early years” (1960 – 1977)

    This is the third part of a multi-post series about the (hi)story of Datsun, Prince and Nissan in switzerland.  Check out the other parts HERE In this third installment we’re looking at the inside of Datsun (Suisse) SA and the Fehlmann Motor Group (excluding the industrial vehicles, which will be covered in a later post) in the years 1960-1977 a bit more in-depht. It was basically the period when the Datsun brand was brought to switzerland and established as a serious car brand from scratch. Remember, back then japan was still a far away and “mystic” country, and it took serious efforts to get goods to the other side of…

  • OTHER: Datsun Colour code charts and color brochures

    My Friend René (which is also the guy to paint my car once it’s ready) recently sent me a picture of an official Datsun colour code brochure, joking he’s preparing to paint my car 🙂 It is a Datsun UK color chart foldout brochure, and it was most probably issued in 1973 Update 2021: My friend Daniel also got a copy from this very same 1973 UK colour chart and was nice enough to scan it for me. See link below for full High-resolution pdf for download. Then myself also got an April 1974 version from the similar colour chart including the C110 Kenmary skyline and the 260Z (inclunding 2+2).…

  • 240Z: Hollow parts sealing Schematic

    Thanks to Daniel, i got this Schematic of a (now defunct) company that makes hollow area sealing (Dinitrol), which is now not used anymore, i guess. Nevertheless, they also made a schematic on how to apply it on the 240Z, and i thought i share this information with you, since it’s rare and interesting. I definitely recommend to do t his type of work on your chassis, if you want to prevent inside rusting in hollow areas like the frame rails or air channels. If you open this areas anyway for welding or replacement, it makes even more sense to protect these areas before closing it again. But i recommend…

  • 240Z: A lot of Documents arrived

    Thanks to Covid-related home-office and the fact i save an hour of driving from and to my office everyday, it seems like i have too much free time to search for Datsun related stuff… Therefore i’ve collected a lot of cool documents lately. The first delivery consists of a lot of Colour sample charts, many marked as “For europe”. Unfortunately not Z-related, but they came for free with the rest and they’re cool nontheless… Then i’ve got the L6 service Manual in German, which might come in handy for me, since it’s my native language… That “Technical Training” Paper folder contains an empty Sample of a warranty report (from one…

  • 240Z: Datsun / Nissan Motorsports schematic catalogues (free download)

    Over the last days i got a few interesting documents. The old version (left), called the “Datsun Competition parts schematic catalog”, which is a copy from a scanned version i got, and the new version (right), Nissan Motorsports Schematic Catalog (Nissan Part No. 99996-M8015), which is a printed original one… They’re basically exploded views and spare-parts catalogues of optional Competition parts for the american market. You’ll find MK63 brakes, solex / Mikuni Carbs, R190 Differentials, 5-speed manual transmissions and much more inside, which cannot be found in the (american market) Factory Service Manual of the standard car. Here is the content of the old version: Click the following link to…

  • HISTORY: Datsun Switzerland Pricelists 1969-1979 (Full Download)

    I’ve collected various Datsun Switzerland dealer price lists from 1969 to 1979 over the years. Some of them are very rarely seen, and some or more common. Since it’s important in some cases (for collector cars insurance, for e.g., ro just because it’s nice to know what a particular car was sold for back then), i decided to scan them and put them here for your useage. You can use them for your own purpose, but please do not remove the watermarks and please do not publish them elsewere without contacting / asking me first. I put a lot of unpaid time into this, just for the love of the…

  • 240Z: The guide to 240Z Sumitomo MK63 / FIA / Competition / NISMO Brakes

    My knowledge post this time is about the optional Sumitomo “MK63” / FIA / Nismo brakes. I chose this topic, because people often contact me to ask about these, and i thought it might be helpful to some of you. This post is focussing on the Nissan / Datsun S30 chassis Sumitomo MK63 brakes, but there is also a lot of useful information for other MK63 users / owners. I put this post together over a course of three years, spent countless hours on this and tried my very best to get all information from trustworthy and official sources, but as usual i cannot guarantee that all information is 100%…

  • 240Z: Factory Transmissions knowledge, overview, Options and Specs

    Here we go with another knowledge post. This time: Transmission. I collected A LOT of information about transmissions over the past few months and put them all together into one single post. Much information is floating around the internet but it’s tricky to puzzle it all together if you’re new to the topic, keep the overview and sort out the wrong information. Especially if you don’t have all the official documents on hand to double check it. Picture below shows F4W71A Transmission, Picture from the 1970 FSM: The purpose of this post is to cover the – not so commonly – available information for the European 5-speed Manual transmission, used…

  • 240Z: Datsun (Suisse) SA 1971 Information Brochure & 1400 Leaflet

    Finding historic Information on the Nissan Motor corporation  Japan and USA is relatively easy, since there are archives full of information and a lot of books around it. Finding specific information on smaller countries history regarding the “Datsun” Brand is a bit trickier… So when i found an old Swiss information document for sale on a local website, i had to get it. From Todays point of view it’s fairly funky with it’s cut-off titles and different fonts used throughout the document. PS, full document for download at the end. It is an information brochure to the new customers advertising the efforts and advantages of the relatively young Datsun (suisse)…

  • 240Z: Optional Passenger Footrest knowledge

    Just a little update on the passenger Footrest i obtained just a few weeks ago from the interwebs. It gathered some interest by some people over at classiczcars and i got some inputs which i’d like to share with you. 1) Some people pointed out that there’s at least a second version of that footrest, on which the “feet” are facing the same direction (vs mine who has the feet in different directions): This is how it looks installed on Kats January 1970 Z432: To reinforce the floor he added big washers to the floorpans: User Scotta pointed out that later cars came with pre-reinforced floorpans in that area, as…