This Southern California Datsun 240Z was lovingly restored by its third owner, who has had it since 1996. The restoration took over two years, from 2005-07, at 162,256 miles, and included a complete overhaul and rebuild of the original L24 engine (HLS30 67615) engine. The engine rebuild included new cylinder head, valves, valve seats, pistons, rings, main and rod bearings. The clutch, master and slave cylinders were replaced. It's also equipped with the original SU carburetor and Nissan valve cover. The restoration also included a complete refinish of the body, including new floor pans and original color, new upholstery, interior panels and headliner. It also received new OEM chrome bumpers, Eibach springs, Tokico shocks, RetroSound radio, new floor mats, stainless-steel exhaust, replacement badges and dash. It has Dynamat sound and heat insulation throughout. It rides on restored 1980s Carroll Shelby 14" mag wheels wrapped in new Kumho Sense tires. Other features include OEM parts from Nissan or Motorsport Auto in Orange, CA. With less than 1,100 miles since the restoration, it's always been garaged and never a daily driver. Other parts of the restoration include replacement of the flywheel, brake master, differential and fuel pump, installation of electronic ignition, rebuilt SU carburetor, powder-coated lines, polished valve cover and manifolds, plate headers and heat shield, refinished wheels, rebuilt steering rack, replacement of heater core and replacement of choke cable assembly.
The Nissan Z has been a staple Japanese sports car for decades. It’s been something of an icon in the U.S., too, despite disappearing from the market for half a decade. Let’s walk back in time…
Japanese collector cars are kind of a new thing, with some of them making it into the higher echelons at auctions and private sales, and being included in museum collections.
An undervalued darling of the recent run-up in collector car values, the Datsun 240Z has become one of the few mass-produced Japanese cars to gain any notice.
The Datsun 240Z changed everything in the world of affordable sports cars. It offered serious performance, tremendous build quality and striking styling.
Eighteen of the greatest Japanese sports cars will be on display at the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia as part of a special exhibit, the Best of Japan.
“The difference between the Datsun 240Z and your everyday three-and-a-half thousand dollar sports car is that about twice as much thinking went into the Datsun…
Datsun scored a major breakthrough in the American perception of Japanese cars with the launch for 1970 of its 240Z.
Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s iconic creation appeals to the younger crowd as well as the memories of older gearheads
The Pick of the Day looks to be in immaculate original condition