A Listing Of Z Car Related
Reference Books and Magazines

The Purpose of this page is to provide a listing of Books, Magazines and Magazine Articles that contain information about the Z Cars. As well as to give you an idea of what to look for and where to find it.

Our Thanks to IZCC Members for their inputs and comments to this list:

Page Last Up-dated 30 Dec. 2012
by: Carl Beck, IZCC #260

Where To Buy


"Datsun 280 Nissan 300 - ZX"
by Brian Long, Veloce Publishing, 1999, $39.95

ISBN 1-901295-06-0 [hard back, 8.5x10inch]

Review: by Carl Beck, IZCC #0260

Ever since I finished Brian Long's first book about Z Cars, "DATSUN Z - FAIRLADY TO 280Z", I've been waiting on the second.

I'm glad to tell you that the wait has been worth it! I've just finished Brian's latest contribution to Z Car Fan's titled, "DATSUN 280 NISSAN 300 ZX".

Just as his first book was, this one is thoroughly research, beautifully laid out, and jammed with color pictures of your favorite "X" Cars. Equally impressive are the sharp black and white photos. Many of the color and B/W photos, not seen before.

The book is almost equally divided in its coverage of the 79 thru 83 Datsun 280ZX, the 84 thru 89 Nissan 300ZX and the 90+ Nissan 300ZX. Each section covers the development of that models concept and styling, as well as its design.

Complete technical spec.'s for all production models as well as production figures are given in an Appendix.

As I close the cover on this book, which was hard to do once I started reading it, and put it on the shelf with the first volume - I'm also pleased to see that its the same size... a thoughtful detail....and a clue as to how much room to reserve for the third...now its back to waiting....

You can get this matched set - or add the second in the series by contacting either the Publisher in England or the US Distributor on the Web. I highly recommend that you do, you will find none better.

"Datsun 280 Nissan 300 - ZX"
Second Review: by Tom Kyle, IZCC #6574

I just received my copy of "Datsun/Nissan 280/300 ZX" by Brian Long. I enjoy it, and it does have tidbits like what changes were introduced year by year, and also comprehensive descriptions of the various foreign market Z's. The author has obviously paid much attention to detail and paints an accurate picture of the Z car and its heritage. Add to the mix lots of Nissan technical diagrams and photos, as well as advertisements, and you have a book that even makes loyal drivers of other makes smile.

My biggest complaint is that, although the author repeatedly states that the overwhelming majority of Z's were sold in America, there is little attempt to go into greater detail of US 280ZX and 300ZX models. Special models, such as the 1980 and 1984 Anniversary Editions, as well as the 1988 SE, are primarily mentioned in passing, although one would think that the Z enthusiast (presumably the target audience) would be greatly interested. However, I may be exaggerating this point, since I happen have one of the aforementioned '88s in my driveway.

All in all, this is a fine book that will find its way onto my bookshelf as soon as I let myself put it down. Any self-affirmed Z-car nut would love having it, or at least borrowing it from a friend. ;)

Tom Kyle

"Datsun 280 Nissan 300 - ZX"
Third Review: by Preston Pratt, IZCC #3088

Although I have an extensive library of Datsun Z Car related books in hard cover and paper back, I found this book extremely enjoyable. Even though, Brian Long is a British writer, often if not permanently living in Japan, he provides a worldwide perspective that is often missing in most books about the Datsun Z Car. He seems a master at uncovering facts in the history of the Datsun and the Z Car previously known to only a very few Datsun insiders.

Within its cover, there are great pictorial representations of Datsun cars, many not seen often. It is an excellent write up about the Datsun car history, the early Datsun Z car as it progressed to the touring GT becoming the 280ZX and first generation 300ZX ('84-'89), to the Super Car it became in the 1990's with the 300ZX Twin Turbo. The author outlines the racing efforts of some well known drivers with some great photos. Some advertising photos of the period are also captured within the pages of this marvelous book.

I have had and continue to have a love affair with the Datsun Z Car, as I have owned over 200 of the early 240Z's, but Brian Long's Book on the 280ZX to the 300ZX, gave me a greater appreciation for the car and the history behind it. It was thoroughly enjoyable reading, and a welcome addition to my collection of Datsun Z Car books. I couldn't stop reading it to the end. Whenever possible I spend some time reviewing the chapters on racing and design work history, over and over again. I never get tired of it. This book and his companion book entitled, 'Datsun Z, From Fairlady to 280Z', are probably the only two Datsun Z Car books a person really needs, although there are several other good ones. But it is of course, nice to own them all.

"Datsun Z From Fairlady to 280Z"
by Brian Long, Veloce Publishing, 1998, $39.95

ISBN 1 901295 02 8 [hard back, 8.5x10inch]

Review: by Carl Beck, - To date, this is without question one of the best books published about the first generation Z Cars. Very well researched and very well written. This is a Must Have for any true Z Car Fan. Track down a copy and make it yours! Filled with great writing, lots of facts and figures supported with lots of great photo's.

If you are interested in the Design History of the Fairlady Z or the Datsun 240 you will be greatly rewarded by the purchase of this book.

Brian's wife Miho, is originally from Japan and thus they spend half their year in Japan and the other half in England. This has given Brian a great opportitunity to do a very good job of research at Nissan Motors Ltd. Japan - and in turn, Brian is capable of giving the reader the full benefit of the hard work done by him and his wife.

"Z Car A Legend in its Own Time"
by Ben Millspaugh, Tab Books, 1991, $24.95

ISBN 0-8306-3536-X [hard copy]
ISBN 0-8306-4339-7 [paper back]

Review: by Carl Beck, - This is a really fabulous book. A book every Z car fan should own. Covers the Z Car from 1969 though 1990. Gives Spec.'s and production numbers. Covers the history of the Z, The Z Car National Conventions, Z Car Clubs (in the US and Abroad), Profiles well known Z Enthusiasts (but left me out:-(, Restoring your Z Car, as well as a list of articles on the Fairlady Z's.

Very comprehensive book, well written and very few technical mistakes or myths

"Z Car Enthusiasts Guide"
by Ben Millspaugh, Benton Cutter Press

ISBN 0-961-5702-0-2

"The Stainless Steel Carrot - an auto racing odyssey"
by: Sylvia Wilkinson, published by: Houghton Mifflin Co. Boston, 1973

ISBN 0-395-17222-5 (hardback)
Sylvia Wilkinson hooks up with John Morton and the BRE Team in 1971 and becomes a walking tape recorder for everyone's thoughts, but with a focus on John Morton, through the following racing season. A wonderful book, great insight into the workings of of the BRE Team and John's early days with Shelby.

If you can find a copy of this book - and your a BRE Fan, buy it and read it!

In 2012 "The Stainless Steel Carrot" was updated and re-issued.
ISBN: 978-1-888978-15-5 (hardback)< BR> Try: BRE2.net for autographed copies

"Nissan/Datsun: A History of Nissan Motor Corp. in U.S.A. 1960-1980"
by: John B. Rae, published by: McGraw-Hill Book Co. 1982

ISBN 0-07-051112-8 (hardback)

Reveiw: by Carl Beck - This is the offical history of Nissan / Datsun in the USA. Very interesting and easy to read. This book tells the story of how Datsun came to the U.S., and built itself into one of the leading importers of automobiles. Gives you an insite to the workings of the company and the leadership that Mr. K provided. - Anyone really interested in what it takes to make it happen and why we Z Car Fans loved Mr. K - should read this book.

"Datsun Z Series - the Complete Story"
by David G. Styles, The Crowood Press Ltd, 1996, $29.95

ISBN 1 86126 001 6

Review by: Carl Beck: - This is a hard book to write a review for quite franky. There is so much I would like to cover, but space here won't allow. Let me say that I would recommend anyone have a copy of this book in their Z Car Library. It does have a lot of good information. At the same time, it should be marked with a large "Caution" sticker -ie. "Caution", the book you are about to read, is filled with Mr. Styles' opinions and odd perspectives, it should not be taken as "factual" in many cases.

This is especially true of his perspectives of the contributions of Albrecht Goertz to the design of the Z Car and Goertz's contributions to the design of the Toyota 2000GT. With that caution - I would say read this book, it will make you think, and if you do, you will most likely disagree with many of Mr. Styles perspectives, none the less its interesting reading. If you live in the U.S. and know a bit about its auto industry and history you'll find Mr. Styles perspectives... ah, ... interesting.

Illustrated Datsun-Nissan Sports Car Buyer's Guide
by "Matras, J"

"By John Matras. Datsun-Nissan has a long history of sports car manufacture stretching back to 1959. Here Matras profiles a variety of those models, including the 1500, 1600, 2000, 510, 240Z, 260Z, 280Z, 300ZX, 200SX, 240SX, NX2000 and more. Packed with Nissan development history, technical specs, purchase advice, and 5-star ratings to help you discover which models are the most desirable and why. (Sftbd., 7 3-8x 9 1-4, 128 pgs., 125 b&w ill.")


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"The Z Series Datsuns A Collector's Guide"
by Ray Hutton, Motor Racing Publications, 1985, $27.95

ISBN 0-947981-02-0

(Motor Racing Publications, 28 Devonshire Road, London W4 2HD. Detailed descriptions, invaluable reference data, restoration and maintenance information, plus a review of competition histories.)

"Essential Datsun Z - 240Z to 280ZX"
by Colin Shipway. Published by Bay View Books Ltd, 1994, reprinted 1998

ISBN 1-870979-51-6

Comments:by Carl Beck: I have a copy of this book in my Z Car Library. Inexpensive, lots of good pictures, pretty good reporting on the development stages of the original Z, and better than average coverage of the Competition Z's around the world. I'd recommend it - so I will - pick up a copy.
(soft cover, 8.25 inch x 10.25inch, 80 pages)

DATSUN Z-CARS, By -The Editors Of Consumer Guide
Collector Edition
Published by Castle Books, 1981
Principal Author: Mike McCarville, 96 pages
Copyright Consumers Guide 1981

ISBN 0-89009-437-3

Comments by: Carl Beck. An interesting book, now out of print. If you have an opportunity to pick up a copy at a used book store or via an on-line auction, and if you don't have to pay to much for it - its worth adding to your Z Car Library. Good section on Competition Z Cars and good color photos.

"Datsun Z, 240Z / 260Z / 280Z Super Profile".
by James Morris

(Published by Haynes, of Haynes repair manual fame. British slant.)

"Nissan 300ZX: The Enthusiasts Companion"
by Ray Hutton

(A complete look at what makes the 300ZX such a Super Car. Includes a thorough engine and Chassis design analysis, history and much more.)

Produced and Published by Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. - Japan 1978

Comments:by Carl Beck.
This book was produced and distributed by Nissan/Datsun to introduce the all new, Datsun 280ZX in 1979. It contains the story of how the 280ZX was designed, a history of the Z Car, and lots of technical spec.'s and production figures. Loaded with information about the 240Z and its history. Great and not often seen pictures taken at the design center and factory.

It was sent as a "Thank-you Gift" by Nissan Motors Japan - to Datsun Customers whom had filled out a Customer Survey that Datsun conducted via mail early in 1977. This survey was intended to determin what their customers wanted too see in the Next Generation Z Car. Upon arrival of the new 1979 280ZX in late 1978, Datsun invited these same Customers in to test drive the new 280ZX. If the Customer visited the Datsun Dealer and filled out a Customer response form related to the new model Z - Nissan sent them a copy of this book.

I did all that - and I still have the original cover letters from Nissan. Over the years, somehow I lost my copy of this book. I was lucky that one of the IZCC members came across a copy, bought it and sent it to me. Today a copy in very good condition can be found on-line.

Restoration Guides

"The Complete Restoration Guide"
by Bill Reagen, IZCC #3632

Techniques, Tips, Tricks, Tools, and Chemicals.
Featuring the 1970 Datsun 240Z
This is a book/booklet, about how to restore your early Z - by someone who has plenty of "hands on" experience. Bill has restored 240Z's to National Show Winning Levels and in this book he tries to give you the benefit of his experience. It is comprised of a series of 22 Articles that cover a year of work on his 1970 240Z. From stripping the body to tuning the SU's.

The Datsun 240Z featured in this book, years later went on to be the actual 240Z used for the Franklin Mint Model. The Franklin Mint Model is so accurate and complete that you can read the VIN number on the dash, through the windshield. {of course you have to use a magnifying glass}.

You can order the Book (aprox.60 8.5x11 pages, black and white photocopy), directly from Bill at: Bill Reagan, billreagan@charter.net
It may still be available from the Z Club of Texas:

"How to Restore Your Datsun Z Car"
by Wick Humble, Fisher Books, 1990, $24.95

ISBN 1-55561-026-9

A step by step guide to restoring any 1970 to 1977 240 / 260 / 280 Z. Includes body repair, suspension and brake rebuilding, engine and drive line detailing and interior restoration.

Modify, Tune, Rebuild - Engines and Chassis:

"How to Hotrod and Race Your Datsun 510, 610, 710, 200SX, 240, 260, and 280Z"
Revised edition by Bob Waar, Steve Smith, Autosports

ISBN 0-936834-41-2

(Covers 510, 610, 710, 200SX, 240Z, 260Z and 280Z. Contains info on engine building, tuning, road racing, handling, suspension, bolt on power, etc.)

"How to Modify Your Nissan/Datsun OHC Engine"
by Frank Honsowetz, HPBooks, 1986

ISBN 0-89586-353-7

"How To Modify Datsun 510, 610, 240Z Engines & Chassis"
by Fischer & Waar 240 pages, HP Books 1973

(Probably out of print now but worth the effort to get. Covers all aspects of modifying a Z car or sedans for autocross, IMSA and other road-type racing. Known as "The Bible" amongst old time Z nuts.)

"How to Rebuild Your Nissan/Datsun OHC Engine"
by Tom Monroe, HPBooks

ISBN 0-89586-095-3

Reprints Of Magazine Articles

Brooklands Car & Driver article reprints on the roadsters and Z Car, 1966 - 1984.
by Brooklands Books

Brooklands Road & Track article reprints, 1970 - 1983.

Brooklands Datsun 240Z and 260Z, 1970 - 1977.

"Road & Track on Datsun Z 1970-1983"
by Brooklands Books

ISBN 0-946489-29-7

"Datsun 240Z 1970-1973" (compilation)
by R.M. Clarke, Brooklands Books (England), 100 pages.

ISBN 1-869826-833

(Yes, there is a bit of overlap of these three books.)

Engine Swaps:

"Datsun Z V8 Conversion Manual"
by Mike Knell, Jaguars That Run, 2/90 and 6/94 editions

Repair Manuals:

"How to keep your Datsun-Nissan Alive: a manual of step-by-step procedures for the complete idiot"
by Messer, Colin. 544 pages. John Muir Pub., 1987, pbk. $21.95

ISBN 0-912528-65-6

(This book is not really aimed at Z-car owners. It's aimed more at the 4-cylinder L- and Z-series carbureted engines from 1968-1986. But it's a very detailed book, with lots of illustrations, and a lot of it applies to Z-cars. If you've seen the book: How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive, then you have an idea of what this book is like.)

"S30 Electrical Supplement Datsun 240Z"

Reprinted from Nissan by Motorsport Auto

"Datsun 240/260Z Repair and Tune-up Guide 1970-1974"
by Chiltons,

ISBN 0-8019-6214-5, 0-8019-6215-3 (pbk)

"Datsun 240-280Z 1970-78 Shop Manual"
by Clymer

ISBN 0-89287-290-X

"Datsun 240Z, 260Z, & 280Z Owner's Workshop Manual"
by Haynes Publ., 1979. $16.95

ISBN 0-85696-206-6

"Datsun/Nissan Z and ZX 1970-1984 Repair and Tune-up Guide"
by Chiltons

ISBN 0-8019-7466-6

"Datsun-Nissan Z & ZX 1970-88"
by Chilton, paperback , 312 pages.$15.95

ISBN 0-8019-7851-3

"Datsun 1970-78 Zs Shop Manual."
161 pages, Motorbooks Intl., 1987, pbk. $19.95

ISBN 0-87938-255-4

"Datsun Z-Cars"
by the editors of Consumer Guide.

(Most certainly one of the first Z car books I'd give up, but surprisingly decent considering the source.)

"Datsun Z Super Profile: 240Z/260Z/280Z"

James Morris 56 pages

Haynes Publishing Group (England) 1986

Other Recommended Specialty / Repair Manuals: (non- Z Car Specific)

"How to adjust, tune, repair and rebuild SU and SU-Hitachi

Carburetors for Maximum Performance"

Motor Books International, ISBN 0-87938-252-X

SU, SU-Hitachi Carburetors:

Tune, Adjust, Repair, Rebuild

Gerald Rothman 47 pages

Carbooks, Inc. 1973

"Turbochargers" by Roy Macinnes

HP books (Excellent general purpose turbocharging

book. covers all topics. Touches on Z-cars. Updated Frequently.)

"Metal Fabricator's Handbook"

HP books. This book contains all you'd ever need to know about fabricating automotive metal. Especially handy for old Z-car restorers is the section on hand-fabricating body parts.

ISBN 0-89586-171-2

"Mitchell's Electronic Fuel Injection Troubleshooting Guide" Import vehicles.

ISBN 1-55561-031-5

"Auto Math Handbook" by John Lawlor.

HP Books. A good book of basic formulae used to calculate parameters concerning engines, chassis, 1/4mile performance and so on. Recommended even for advanced mechanics.

ISBN 1-55788-020-4

.Electronic Fuel Injection" - Internal Nissan training text from the National Technical Training Center.

This book is almost impossible to get but is absolutely vital for those working on Bosch L-jetronic injection systems. This book provides very in-depth coverage of the design, operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting concepts for the L-jetronic systems as installed in 280Zs in the 1975-79 timeframe. This book was designed for use in factory mechanic training courses. Well worth the trouble to get.

Specialty Sources For Z Car Books:

OEM Factory Service Manuals
Factory Service Manuals For the Z Cars are published by and sold to the public for NISSAN MOTORS OF NORTH AMERICA by:

For The U.S.A. - but they will ship overseas
Dyment Distribution
20770 Westwood Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44136
Phone: 1-800-247-5321

For Australia - local publisher:
Stan H. Earle Pty Ltd
Automotive Publications
46 Isabella St,
Moorabin, Victoria, 3189
+ 61 3 9555 6555

Classic Motorbooks
P.O. Box 1
Osceola WI 54020-0001
You can order by Calling:
(US) Order Hot Line: 1-800-826-6600
Overseas 1-715-294-3345
Faxes 1-715-294-4448
On The Web
Classic Motorbooks
(they carry a very extensive range of books on all things automotive- get their catalog)

Brian Long's Books are available direct from the publisher in the EEC
Veloce Publishing Plc,

33 Trinity Street,
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1TT

Tel: +44 1305 260068.
Fax: +44 1305 268864.
E-mail: veloce@veloce.co.uk.
Internet: http://www.veloce.co.uk

Please send comments / reviews / list additions to me.
Carl Beck e-mail beck@becksystems.com