Launched in 1969, the Datsun 240Z was destined to become the best-selling sports car of the ‘70s. What the badge lacked in romance and cachet, the 240Z more than made up for with its well-balanced muscular lines, penned by Albrecht Goertz, father of the beautiful BMW 507. With its long bonnet, recessed lights and those flowing, tense rear haunches, the Z clearly took its styling cues from the E-Type Jaguar fixed head, yet it was pure and elegant enough to have an appeal of its own. A well-equipped two-seater with a rear hatchback, the 240Z concealed few surprises beneath its skin, yet lacked for nothing. The engine, a smooth, punchy straight-six making 151 bhp from 2393 cc, drove through a five-speed gearbox to a well-sorted strut-and-wishbone rear end. There were struts at the front too, and precise rack and pinion took care of the steering. The car handled superbly, if traditionally, and went like the wind, topping 125mph with ease. Sales took off and Datsun never looked back, selling 150,076 before the 260Z took over in 1975.
The 240Z was thus destined to form a part of any serious collection representing, as it did, the most significant coupe ever to reach the mass market. Presenting here in a classic colour of the era, SGF 27L has had a quantity of remedial work carried as and when over the years including a stainless steel exhaust. With just 3 previous owners, an MoT and the striking addition of Nissan sport wheels, this great straight 6 cylinder sports coupe deserves every plaudit attributed to this performance icon.
The Datsun offered here is an extremely interesting car largely because it powered by a Pontiac Firebird Nascar engine. Originally a Californian car, the car was re-imported in 2000 before enjoying, along with the engine upgrade, an extensive restoration. This included: new pistons, re-ground cranks, new cams, a new Offenhauser intake system, as well as new valves and springs, power steering, upgraded suspension and a T-shift auto gearbox. Described as being in good condition throughout, this car is exhilirating. Its runs like a modern car, does not overheat and goes like a rocket and if this is not for you, it can be reverted back to a standard 240z with ease.