1973 Datsun 240Z

By the late 1960s, Nissan had begun work in-house on a new sports car designed specifically with American drivers in mind. Looking to the clear winning formulas of the Jaguar E-Type and Porsche 911 for inspiration, the team under Chief Designer Yoshihiko Matsuo came up with a brilliant front-engined coupe that debuted in 1969 to immediate and enthusiastic acclaim. With gorgeous styling conceived in consultation with Count Albrecht Goertz, designer of the BMW 507, high performance from its 150 horsepower 2.4-liter single overhead camshaft straight-six, independent suspension and disc brakes, the 240Z was on par with or even superior to many of the best sports cars of the period. Almost immediately it did away with the preconceived negative notions about Japanese automobiles, and for the first time ever, a car from the Far East became a dream car for enthusiasts across the United States. Fast, reliable, gorgeous and affordable at just $3,526 POE, the 240Z is still as ideal a sports car as it was forty years ago.

This 1973 Datsun 240Z is a very well restored and extremely strong example. Finished in orange, it has a black vinyl interior, Toyo tires and an upgraded CD stereo system. When the car was restored, it was also lightly and tastefully upgraded with Koenig alloy wheels, a chrome valve cover, triple Weber carburetors and a Cannon intake manifold. A large number of 240Zs have suffered unfortunate fates that include neglect, hard driving, rust and extensive modification, often in poor taste. This example, on the other hand, has been restored to very high standards and its modifications are subtle and appropriate. Very few Datsuns are anywhere near as well presented as this, and it is a fantastic example of one of the most historically significant Japanese cars in history.

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