Lot 745: 1972 Datsun 240Z Coupé
Formed in 1933, the Nissan Motor Company marketed most of its exported products as Datsuns until the latter name was dropped in 1983. There had been Datsun sports cars before the 240Z, most notably the Fairlady series of the 1960s, but with the Big Z’s arrival in 1969 the Japanese firm established itself as a major force to be reckoned with in the sports/GT market. Boasting a 2.4-litre, overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine, five-speed manual (or three-speed automatic) transmission, independent suspension all round and a high trim level as standard, the keenly priced 240Z proved an outstanding success in the all-important North American market, taking sales from MG, Triumph and Jaguar. Styled by Count Albrecht Goertz, stylist of the BMW 503 and 507, the 240Z looked every inch a European product. It was also tough and reliable, as two outright wins in the Safari Rally in 1971 and 1973 demonstrated.
This right-hand drive, five-speed 240Z was delivered new to Australia and first owned there by a Mr Sheldon, passing in 1991 to his son. The latter sold the car in 2001 to the current owner, who brought the car to the UK with him in 2005. Finished in white with black interior, it is reported as original and unrestored apart from a re-spray carried out in 2006 and the fitting of five new Performance alloy wheels. The car is offered with Australian registration document, sundry invoices, current MoT certificate and Swansea V5C.
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Bonhams, National Motor Museum, Hampshire
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£9775|
|Registration number||GYY 696L|
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