There's a new one on the scene, but the original is the perfect collector's item.
An opportunity to purchase a pristine 1970 Datsun 240Z finished in Mexican Orange has come up, with the classic Japanese sports car to be auctioned off by Bonhams at the Scottsdale auction on January 27, 2023, without reserve. Chassis number HLS30-11377 is expected to fetch as much as $80,000, a fair deal more than its launch price of $3,500 just over five decades ago. Admittedly, we have seen Zs going for much more than this, so maybe it can be considered a pretty decent deal. And we can't help but feel now is the perfect time to buy a classic Z car.
A new Nissan Z is now available, which has kicked Z fever into overdrive. Already known as one of the greatest tuner nameplates around, the Datsun 240Z has become particularly favorable among tuners after high-profile owners like Sung Kang placed them in the modified spotlight. That's not to say they weren't popular with tuners before that, though. Finding one in pristine stock condition, however, is a rarity.
The model you see here was purchased by Mr. David L. Fairchild of La Habra, California. He took delivery from a dealership in Orange County, as detailed by the original owner's manual and warranty booklet, with a warranty card on file being sold with the Z.
This OG Z was handed a full cosmetic restoration over the last few years, which included a new set of seats, rebuilt carburetors, engine detailing, and more. Bonhams confirms that the odometer reading of 78,809 is an original figure. The blue and yellow California license plates are also the same ones that the car was delivered with. Since new, this car has gone through two owners.
Other details include a set of period-appropriate alloy wheels that come with the original set together with all original tools and the jack stored in factory bags. Being a Series 1 Z, it comes with a four-speed manual transmission driven by a 2.4-liter six-cylinder engine.
Said engine produces 150 horsepower at 6,000 rpm as it features a single-overhead cam and two Hitachi side-draft carburetors. Dynamic prowess is provided by fully independent suspension and front brake discs. The 240Z was underestimated by many when it was introduced to the American market, but it quickly became a force to be reckoned with as it gave consumers an accessible sports car experience. While the expected sale amount of this model may seem to belie that argument, it's nowhere near as high as some of the new Zs are selling for, and those are arguably less special in the eyes of a classic JDM fan.
While impressive, this listing isn't as special as the collection that hit the market at the beginning of this month featuring six classic Z cars in pristine condition. These cars are true heroes of the Datsun brand, which went defunct this year. If Nissan decides to revive it as an EV brand, let's hope they can make products that resemble its good old days.