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 fabulous two-owner car has never been completely restored, but has benefitted from light refurbishment, notably a repaint in its original shade. As such this car is presented in excellent condition in all respects. Offered with Belgian papers, what a wonderful sportscar for the connoisseur.
|Auction||Interclassics Maastricht January 2017|
|Day of Auction||N/A|
|Registration Number||EU Registered|
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