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Lot 120: Datsun 240Z

Classic - Collectors - Historic and Sports Cars, Barons (6 December 2010)

With the 1970 Datsun 240Z, the Japanese motor industry arguably moved from follower to leader. The 240Z was not Nissan's first noteworthy sports car, as it was preceded by the Datsun 1600 and 2000 roadsters. Very good sports cars, but they looked very much like European offerings. The 240Z was all Datsun. In Japan and some other markets the 240Z was called the Fairlady Z.

The 240Z was powered by a smooth-running 2.4 litre, single-overhead-camshaft, straight six engine. Its specification included a fully-independent suspension, rack-and-pinion steering and disc/drum brakes. The well-laid out interior with complete instrumentation could comfortably accommodate a 6-foot tall driver and passenger . The luggage area was huge by sports car standards. The heater worked exceptionally well, the interior was free of wind noise. The 240Z was a serious player, despite being dubbed the "poor man's E-type".

The example offered here has been in the vendor's ownership since 1975, when he bought the car from The Chequered Flag in Chiswick, London. During the early Eighties the car underwent a major refurbishment, engine rebuild and gearbox overhaul. The vendor spent over �10,000 on the car (25 years ago) and the car has been dry stored since 1995. The vendor states that the car has covered just 500 (five hundred) miles since being restored.

Finished in racing green with black interior, the car has had just one former keeper (Chequered Flag) and is offered in quite outstanding condition.

The photograph is a temporary, library item.

Lot Details
Auction Classic - Collectors - Historic and Sports Cars
Barons, Surrey
TypeCar
Lot Number120
Estimate£7500-£9000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£7100
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1973
Condition rating0
Registration numberTGU143M
Mileage-
Chassis numberH530102157
Engine numberL24164883
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2