Lot 95: Datsun 240Z Super Samuri
Launched in 1969 as a direct competitor to the Jaguar E-Type, Triumph TR5, Alfa Spider and Healey 3000, the Datsun 240Z amazed everyone by becoming the best selling sports car of all time, clocking up over a million sales before it was replaced by the equally successful 260Z in 1973. With a combination of Ferrari-esque styling, bullet proof mechanicals and a lusty straight six engine (2.4-litre in the early cars, 2.6 in the later), the car's popular appeal was cemented by a highly successful career in international rallying.
And among Z-heads, there is no greater name than that of Spike Anderson, legendary proprietor of Samuri Conversions and the man responsible for a succession of Z-based racers in the 1970s, most notably Win Percy's famous 'Big Sam' which trounced Porsche and TVR to win its class in the 1974 Modsports Championship. Only about 74 Super Samuris are believed to have been built and survivors are now rare and sought after.
Dating from 1973, this 240Z Super Samuri is said to be in good running order and comes with 12 months' MOT. Specification includes triple Dellorto carburettors, six-branch Janspeed exhaust and original Wolfrace alloys. In the current ownership for the last 16 years, it is said to be in generally fair condition overall, although it does need a repaint.
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Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
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