For Sale: 1970 Datsun 240Z in O'Fallon, Illinois

Vehicle Description

Gateway Classic Cars Houston Showroom is excited to offer this unique 1970 Datsun 240Z restomod. Originally a California car before it was "imported" to Texas, this 240Z now sports a lustrous, painstakingly executed medium gray metallic finish, with two very subtle metallic gray stripes that are a shade or two lighter than the main color. The stripes really add some pizazz to its look when the light is just right - otherwise, they blend in unobtrusively until just the right lighting is there, and then "bang, there they are"! The real secret to this car is its drivetrain and suspension - under the skin is where the real excitement begins...but before we get to that, we'll build up the suspense a bit. Most of the work done on this restomod was performed by the wizards at SZR Pro and Awesome Z (both in the Houston, TX area). This 240 has been stripped to bare metal, and nearly completely disassembled to begin the restoration that happened prior to the modification. With almost 30 pages of receipts, detailing new nuts, bolts, fasteners, seals, weatherstrip, gaskets, jute, carpet, trim; well, you can just about name it - this car now looks and feels "fresh from the factory", but it's way better! If something wasn't right or didn't work, it was fixed, replaced, or custom-fabricated. The sheet metal on this 240 is what Z-lovers looking (but have a hard time finding): the bodies of these cars weren't known for being able to stand up to the invasion of rust once it started to get into their nooks and crannies. However, this baby is solid, and was restored to be a lasting tribute to the potential of the S30 platform. If it seals something, it was replaced. If it holds something together, it was replaced. If it was oxidized, it was cleaned, dressed, and finished properly. This car is THAT good, and we haven't even gotten to the fun parts yet...inside, virtually every piece has been replaced, from the headliner all the way to the jute under the new carpet. The dash is outfitted with a custom set of Speedhut white-faced gauges, including a GPS Speedometer, tach, temp, oil pressure, ammeter, fuel level, and (hint) a boost gauge! The seats are covered in a nice grade of leather, which not only feels and smells better than the original vinyl, it also breathes better (which the vinyl didn't do at all). Even the original walnut gear shift knob was replaced; but this one has a 5-speed gearshift pattern emblazoned on it, which gives away one secret (the original 240Z's that came to the U.S. market were all 4-speeds). The custom Vintage Air HVAC control knobs also hint at the thoughtfulness of this car's design and functionality. The sound system has been updated: a RetroSound Hermosa head unit and RetroSound Premium Component Speaker system have been installed to provide an enhanced audio environment, so you can pair a Bluetooth music device and listen to whatever you want; or subscribe to SiriusXM satellite radio (or both), for virtually unlimited audio entertainment options. Most, however, may never turn on the radio: the song of that amazing Nissan Skyline powerplant under the hood is what they'll be enjoying!Yes, that's right - this vintage Fairlady is hiding an R33 Skyline underneath its skin! A freshened RB25DET (2.5L I-6) lurks under the hood, and it looks absolutely "factory", except for the fact that its cam gear timing belt cover and cam covers are paint-matched to the body. The RB25 is kept cool by a massive aluminum radiator with twin electric fans, is fed by a Walbro 255LPH fuel pump, and has been upgraded with a Greddy intake manifold and a custom-fabbed 27"x7"x4" intercooler with wastegate, among other enhancements. The custom 2.5-inch stainless steel exhaust system is a near work of art in its execution, and when the RB25 is at full song, it produces some "serious car music", both inside and outside the car. Behind the RB25 is the ubiquitous ER34 5-speed manual transmission, which is built to take the extra ponies that the intercooled RB25DET unleashes. A custom driveshaft was also necessary to transfer the power to the 1985 Nissan 300ZX Turbo Z31 rear end, which now sports stronger axles, a disc brake upgrade, and Apex tubular lower control arms. This beautiful 240Z is riding on some gorgeous Panasport wheels, which are shod with some ultra-sticky Toyo Proxes R1R ultra performance radials. The tires are so fresh that the vent spews (the little "hairs" on the outside surfaces of the tires) are virtually completely intact, so you'll get to drive nearly all the miles that these tires are capable of before you need replacements. This is perhaps the finest 240Z you'll find anywhere - it has the performance that one could have only dreamed about 50 years ago, and it achieves that without having a had to take the V8 engine swap path to get there. Z Lovers - don't let someone beat you to this one!

Vehicle Details

  • 1970 Datsun 240Z
  • Listing ID: CC-1625158
  • Price: $88,000
  • Location:O'Fallon, Illinois
  • Year:1970
  • Make:Datsun
  • Model:240Z
  • Exterior Color:Grey
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:131
  • Stock Number:HOU2293
  • VIN:GCCHOU2293
Listed By:
Gateway Classic Cars
1237 Central Park Dr
O'Fallon, IL 62269

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