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 151bhp 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 its contemporaries and on a par with Porsche 911’s 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.
It was no surprise therefore that, for many years the Datsun 240Z was heralded as the most successful sports-car of all time.
The 240Z offered here is extremely interesting example. Delivered new to California, the 240Z was later restored and fitted with an uprated 6.6 litre V8 motor. At this time the engine benefitted from an overhaul which included new pistons, cams, reground crank, valves and springs. To handle the additional power the suspension was also uprated.
Purchased from Coys in 2016, in the current ownership an estimated £9,000 has been spent. This has included a replacement carburettor, cooling system, head gasket, fuel pump, ignition coil, starter motor and EZ power steering which has been fitted to improve parking ability and overall feel. In 2018 our vendor decided to complete the car by commissioning a full repaint in the current metallic blue, which we must say sets the car off perfectly.
Offered with a current UK MoT certificate in addition to various invoices for works completed, this is very nice classic sportscar with true tyre smoking hotrod performance to match!