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The Z list: Yoshihiko Matsuo’s legacy

Yoshihiko Matsuo, designer of the Datsun 240Z passed way last week at the age of 86. He took the lead on Datsun’s low-cost sports car project, and the legendary Z-car was born in 1969.


Its formula for success was simple: a drop-dead-gorgeous body, some say inspired by the Jaguar E-Type, with a powerful six-cylinder engine, and an affordable price. An instant hit at launch, it changed the public perception of Datsun and led to a nameplate legacy that has survived for 50 years.


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