Posts Tagged ‘240Z’

Flat Black = Profit? – 1973 Datsun 240Z

January 26, 2016

There are plenty of great classic imported sports cars out there with 4-cylinder engines, but regardless of any power and consumption difference, there’s just something about the feel of a six-cylinder engine, with the minimal filters of sound, smell, and heat that you get in an older car. So that makes it worth taking a look at the Z, with its 151hp/146 lb.-ft. 2.4 liter, most commonly running through a 4-speed manual transmission, and only 2300lb. of weight. However, with that power rating being achieved by some of the better 4-cylinders, like Datsun’s own 2000 Roadster and a European market Alfa Romeo, you’ll find today’s car a more compelling case for the S30 – consider this 1973 Datsun 240Z for sale for $2500 in Newberg, OR.

1973 Datsun 240Z left

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Opportunity Revs – 1972 Datsun 240Z

June 5, 2014

Forty years on, even the most popular cars have lost their daily driver responsibilities. The lucky ones were well-kept or restored and are now promoted to weekend jewelry kept in the garage. Let’s face it, who is willing to live without navigation, Bluetooth integration, bun warmers, electrical everything to make their lives easier, plus some extra safety thrown in? Well, if you are willing to live without those, you’re in the right place! So it’s nice to see a car that could still qualify as a daily driver, at least by its condition – it wears its 42 years proudly, and while you might want to do some upgrades for reliability or just to restore things like seat padding back to new, this could be the basis for a good driver. You can find this 1972 Datsun 240Z for sale for $3300 in Mountain View, CA.

1972 Datsun 240Z right rear

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1972 Datsun 240Z

August 20, 2009

What with getting the interior back in the Lancia Beta and other stuff, it’s been a busy couple of weeks. But, inspired by the August issue of Grassroots Motorsports I picked up at the Concours d’LeMons, I wanted to return to the mainstream and see what was available in the way of Datsun’s mainstream breakout hit (ignoring the 510). They were commenting on how their first project car was a Z, and that back in 1984 it was just a used car. While I’ve never been a huge fan of the early generations of Datsun Z (probably just because of their popularity), they are an attractive car with a good power-to-weight ratio that are on the cusp of being valuable the same way 1950s sports cars are now. And with their spec, they’re still perfectly capable of keeping up with today’s traffic. Also, as with most cars, when they’re not so common the road I remember what I like in the few examples I do see running around.

Let’s go to today’s example, a pale yellow (just like GRM’s) 1972 Datsun 240Z in Sacramento, CA for $2900. According to the seller, it’s got its original paint and has been upgraded to a 5-speed, which should make for easier freeway cruising. At this price level, you’d want to ask how the work was done and about the origins of the transmission to make sure it’s not part of the reason for the sale. In fact, at this price level, when buying a car that’s more popular than, say, a Renault 17, you’d want to do your homework well since even the worst cars command higher prices.

1972 Datsun 240Z side

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