Lot 240: 1973 Datsun 240Z Rally Car
Launched in 1969, the Datsun 240Z was destined to become the best-selling sports car of the '70s. What the badge lacked in romance and cachet, the 240Z more than made up for with its well-balanced muscular lines, penned by Albrecht Goertz, father of the beautiful BMW 507. With its long bonnet, recessed lights and those flowing, tense rear haunches, the Z clearly took its styling cues from the E-Type Jaguar fixed head coupe, yet it was pure and elegant enough to have an appeal of its own. A well-equipped two-seater with a rear hatchback, the 240Z concealed few surprises beneath its skin, yet lacked for nothing. The engine, a smooth, punchy, straight-six cylinder producing 151bhp from 2,393cc, drove through a five-speed gearbox to a well-sorted strut-and-wishbone suspended rear end. There were struts at the front too, and precise rack and pinion took care of the steering. The car handled superbly, if traditionally, and went like the wind, topping 125mph with ease. Sales took off and Datsun never looked back, selling 150,076 before the 260Z took over in 1975. The 240Z was thus destined to form a part of any serious collection representing, as it did, the most significant coupe ever to reach the mass market. TRO 111M is very special indeed, having been expertly converted in 1999 for historic rallying while meeting all the requirements of the FIA's Appendix K regulations. It is beautifully finished in dark blue metallic with a blue interior and sits on golden Minilite-style wheels; it comes as no surprise that the present owner rates it as being excellent in every respect. A rare chance to purchase what must be one of the best 240Zs on the market, and one which provides fun on historic rallies or is equally able to turn heads on the street. If only the best will do, this is the 240Z for you.
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