When launched in 1970, the Datsun 240Z was literally a game changer. Here was a reasonably priced sports coupe with a strong inline-6 engine, a great chassis, reliability that was unheard of at the time and styling reminiscent of the Ferrari 275 GTB.
And the 240Z was offered with all his at the same price point of an MGB-GT. Its status was solidified with an SCCA championship with John Morton driving for Peter Brock at BRE.
As collector cars, these original Datsun Zs were completely disregarded until just a few years ago as Japanese cars in general started to rise in interest, driven somewhat by the increased value of the rare Toyota 2000GT sports coupe.
How much did 240Zs increase? Well, in the past year we have seen a few of these cars sell for more than $70,000.
The Pick of the Day is a 1972 Datsun 240Z advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Farmingdale, New York, who provides absolutely no description of the car except to provide photos that show that it’s apparently in great condition.
Many people hate listings with no descriptions. I, on the other hand, have found serious deals in listings with little or no description. What this listing does provide are many pictures of the car, and it is in examining these pictures that you get the idea of the quality of this Datsun.
What you see is a nice driver-level car, finished in correct New Sight Orange with a white interior. Looking further, you will notice little or no rust in the car, which is a definite plus. You will also notice that all the rubber window seals look to be old and are likely original.
The interior of the Datsun looks to be either original or a perfect match of the original. It does have aftermarket speakers from the period in the kick panels, but most of the cars from this era had this done at some point. There is discoloring or staining of the center tunnel pieces, but beyond that, the interior looks good. It is a manual-gearbox car, which is another plus.
The seller does list the mileage of the car at 108,144.
The engine compartment looks to be completely stock and quite clean, another indicator of a good example. Many of these cars were modified in period, which this car looks to have escaped.
This 240Z also is riding on period-correct Panasport alloy wheels, which is more evidence of a higher-quality example.
From behind the wheel, a Datsun 240Z is a revelation in performance, especially when compared with MG or Triumph cars of the time. They are great handling and quick cars that will give a Porsche 911T of the era a run for its money. They are also reliable and offer quite a bit of bang for the buck.
And that is the best part of this particular car. The asking price is only $23,900, which represents a solid deal on one of these cars in today’s market.
If the underside of the car is as rust free as the rest of it looks to be, this is a strong buy. You will likely have to replace suspension bushings and the window and door rubber, but even then, you will have one of the most usable and trouble-free classic sports cars of all time.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.