Japanese classics are getting more and more valuable every day. It is no doubt that the Datsun 240Z, despite its high production numbers, has risen in value like crazy. Conditions vary, but nice ones are now fetching mid-five figures.
The Pick of the Day is an exquisitely restored example, a 1972 Datsun 240Z offered by a dealer in Spokane, Washington, advertising the sports car on ClassicCars.com.
When one thinks 240Z, the mind trails back to 1970-71 as the flashy little sports coupe took back-to-back SCCA C-Production Championships with wheelman John Morton and BRE team owner Pete Brock. As an everyday street car, the beautiful lines and the normally aspirated 2.4-liter 150-horsepower straight-six with dual SU carbs made for a head-turning combination.
It was a game-changer! Affordable, quick, great handling – pure fun. The design departure from the roadsters by Datsun/Nissan changed the way enthusiasts viewed the company, too. Here was a car, in an age of large sedans and muscle cars, that were winning on the track and creating “smiles per mile” for their owners.
According to the dealer, “This ’72 240Z just went through a meticulous and well-documented restoration. I could write volumes over what has been done, but you’re really much better off simply seeing the car for yourself. The photos are good, the car is actually better. I didn’t bother crawling around for chassis shots…. trust me, it is just as well-finished as the rest of the car!”
The dealer also mentions that the car was painstakingly restored with an emphasis on originality. However, there are some enhancements. It has been customized with an air dam, spoiler and alloy wheels. For the rest of the car, OEM original parts, down to every nut and bolt were used and restored, as much as possible. It should pass muster at any Concours. There are less than 100 break-in miles on the car since completion, the ad says.
The Orange on Black looks very racy as well. Clearly a turnkey Japanese classic, priced at $47,500, that should continue to appreciate as the collector car world continues to recognize the significance of the marque.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.