Lot 664: 1972 Datsun 240Z Coup�
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 Sir Roy Grounds, of Melbourne, one of Australia�s foremost architects, who was responsible for the design of a number of important buildings including the Australian Academy of Science in Canberra, and Victoria�s National Gallery and Cultural Centre. Purchased by the vendor in July 1991 and first registered in the UK in May 2007, the car has covered 53,000 miles from new and comes with full dealer service history supporting the recorded mileage. Described as in excellent condition throughout, it is unrestored apart from a repaint carried out in 2006 and reported as standard with the exception of period 14� Globe Bathurst alloy wheels (x5) and (factory) air conditioning. Finished in red with black interior, the vehicle is offered with original documentation (including service booklet and promotional �flyer�), current road fund licence, MoT to May 2008 and Swansea V5C.
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Bonhams, Olympia, London,
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