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Lot 118: Datsun 240Z Coupe

Collectors' Motor Cars and Related Automobilia, Bonhams (24 July 2010)

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 the UK and first registered here on 1st January 1972, making it one of the earliest to reach these shores. The Datsun was immediately exported to South Africa (papers available) and was acquired there in 1986 by the previous owner, who kept the car for the next 24 years and brought it back to the UK when he emigrated in 2006. Totally restored in 1994, it is described as completely standard apart from a free-flow exhaust, ported cylinder head, electronic ignition and a lightened/fully balanced crankshaft. The car is finished in silver with black interior and is described by the private vendor as in generally very good/excellent condition. A 'delight to drive quickly', this Japanese classic enjoys tax-exempt status as an historic vehicle and is offered with current MoT and Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars and Related Automobilia
Bonhams, Silverstone Classic, Northamptonshire
TypeCar
Lot Number118
Estimate£10000-£15000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£11500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£13225
Year1971
Condition rating2
Registration numberEXP 329K
Mileage-
Chassis numberHS30-01903
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2