Reportedly just one of 12 built.
We've seen plenty of modified Datsun 240Zs over the years but nothing quite like this one. Supposedly, it's just one of 12 examples built and the only one of its kind in the US - and it can be yours. Up for sale on Craigslist is this 1973 Datsun 240Z JDM Star Road Widebody. What is Star Road?
It's an iconic tuning shop in Japan known for specializing in vintage Nissan Skylines and Fairlady Z cars. As the original ancestor to today's Nissan 370Z, the 240Z has rightly earned its place in sports car history throughout the world. It was the car that really helped put Nissan, then called Datsun, on the map in the US. Datsun proved it knew how to make a sports car Americans wanted to buy and the rest is history.
In the not too distant future, the next-generation Nissan Z car will debut, reportedly with hybrid assist. Until then, it's also fun to look back on old school Z cars and we think this one fits the bill nicely.
However, it's not really that old school. The seller claims it has a new 2.6-liter engine under the hood, paired to an also new five-speed manual gearbox. Total mileage is just 10,948. Other modern-day features include disc brakes, racing seats with Takata harnesses, new Toyo tires and drag wheels, and a custom stereo system that includes amps, speakers, and subwoofer. It's hard not to notice the "Transformers" logo in the center of the steering wheel.
The exterior has also been recently repainted, complete with a pair of black stripes running across the length of the car from the hood all the way through the rear end. And there's that body kit that, quite clearly, widens the car considerably compared to stock. It may even be a bit hard at first to realize this is really a 240Z.
The seller further describes it as the "Japanese Eleanor." It definitely looks the part. We especially dig the Nismo emblem in the front radiator and the Japanese-style license plate. Is this styling for everyone? No, but it's without question a standout. It won't go unnoticed and its next owner is sure to encounter tons of questions wherever they go. It's part of the experience.
If you want to be that next owner, then be prepared to fork over at least $24,997, which sounds quite reasonable given all of the customization work. Anyone who's interested should also know the car is currently located a few hours east of San Francisco, California.