It soon became apparent during its creation, that the Datsun 240Z represented all the requirements of sports-minded drivers by fulfilling their desires for superb styling, power and safety whilst providing them with the most thrilling and enjoyable ride available in any car.
Reporting 151 B.H.P and 146 lb ft of torque at just 4,400 rpm, Car & Driver said; ‘A brilliantly conceived car with twice as much thought having gone into it when compared to the Big Healey, MGC, Lotus Elan, Porsches and Corvettes’.
Offering a 125mph top-speed and the 0-60mph dash in a shade under 8 seconds, the well-spaced 5-speed gear ratios made the most of the engine’s torque whilst retaining the ability to achieve in excess of 30 mpg, this was to put the ‘Z’ ahead of many of it’s contemporaries and on a par with Porsche 911s of the time. Very impressive, by anyone’s standards. Although Datsun didn’t invent the Overhead-Cam Engine, Disc Brakes or all-round Independent suspension, the 240Z incorporated all of these systems into a brilliantly conceived car.
The Datsun ‘Z’ had an immeasurable record in competition, achieving excellent results in both racing and rallying, earning the car a deserved reputation for ruggedness and reliability. Carefully gas-flowing the cylinder head, increasing compression ratios, fitting high-lift performance camshafts and the use of Mangoletsi-type inlet manifolds with triple 40 DCOE carburettors, along with 6-into-1 exhaust manifolds and straight-through exhaust systems, led to power outputs in excess of 190 B.H.P and 0-60 mph times of around the 6 seconds mark.
It was no surprise therefore that, for many years the Datsun 240Z was heralded as the most successful sports-car of all time.
This beautiful 240Z is presented in highly original and unmolested condition, having covered a mere 44,000 miles from new. Our Datsun is fitted with the desirable manual gearbox, which when mated to its smooth yet powerful 2.4 litre straight six motor provides an exciting driving experience. Furthermore we understand the original period interior is in excellent and barely used condition.
Original Datsun 240Zs in good condition are becoming increasingly difficult to find in the current market, and as such we feel this beautiful low mileage example really deserves closer inspection. Finished in period orange with a black interior, we feel this is an excellent buy in the current market, and offered with a US title and EU taxes paid.