Japanese classics are really coming into their own as collectors
are heating up the market. So if you're looking for an example that
is worthy of awards and is extra fun to drive to the shows, then
this 1973 Datsun 240Z is the right fit. With a beautifully restored
body, more power out of the original motor, and an upgraded
five-speed manual transmission, this is the best of everything.
This example was restored to be particularly striking. The white
paint was professionally applied during the restoration to have a
huge gloss and shine. So the moment the sunlight hits this one, it
radiates while also showcasing all of the best features. This
includes the long hood, sloping rear deck, and rear fenders that
had a powerful muscle car-like kick-up. It's all of this attraction
why the 240Z wrote the first chapter in Japanese sports cars being
accepted by the American public. And as you dig deeper, you can see
why this example deserves the extra scrutiny. All the panels have a
crisp feeling that shows good care. The grille, taut rubber trim,
and blacked-out rear panel make for an attractive contrast to the
white. And the 15-inch Panasport style wheels are great for
distinction while still looking vintage.
The original Z-car was made for two, and this one sports inviting
black buckets inside a nicely presented interior. In true Japanese
fashion, they took what was already great about contemporary sports
cars and enhanced it with user-friendly design. As a result, the
cockpit talks directly to the driver with no interference from
quirky ergonomics or heavy control actions. Instead, the speedo and
tach are set into twin round pods with a trio of auxiliary dials
set up high on the dash. The restoration focused this as a driver's
machine, and so the steering wheel was upgraded to a Momo Prototipo
sports unit with a Datsun horn cap brightly in the center. Have you
counted the gears on this one yet? So while you might have an
upgraded AM/FM/CD stereo, this total package signals to your senses
that your favorite soundtrack really starts under the hood.
The engine bay shows off more great signs of investment as the
bright long cover draws your attention to the original 2.4-liter
inline six-cylinder. This exceptionally tidy setup is great to show
off, and it gives you a clear view of the upgraded triple Weber
40DCOE side-draft carbs. Not only do these dominate the engine bay,
but they also inject some serious extra power in this package.
Plus, it has all the right supporting components like an MSD
ignition, Optima red top battery, and an aluminum radiator/dual
electric fans. There's even a header package with stainless steel
exhaust to add even more power and give this Z-car a great rumbling
note. And best of all, you get to take full control of this machine
with an upgrade to a five-speed manual transmission. When you get
this out on the road, you'll instantly feel the excitement of a
European-level sports car that comes with easy everyday livability.
That's thanks to a lively fully independent suspension, front disc
brakes, and added lowering springs.
This is the cut-above Japanese classic for someone who loves to
drive and be memorable everywhere. If that's you, call today!