7. 1973 Datsun 240Z
The inclusion of the 240Z on this list is purely a selfish one. There isn’t much about the 1970 Datsun 240Z that’s particularly drool worthy. It was a small, lightweight, sports car that just looked so, so cool. What it did right was put Nissan on the map in North America, especially during a time when the American automakers were on the top of the game.
However, there really isn’t another car from Nissan that does what the 240Z did. The 370Z and GTR are plenty fast and fun, but they just don’t reward the driver. The 240Z (as well as the 260z, and 280z) were special because they created an enthusiast culture that’s genuine. It’s a little nostalgic thinking about the 240Z and seeing the connection to the current no-frills, fun to drive FR-S. I’d drive the 240Z just to remind myself of the genuine sports cars of the past generations.