When most people think of classic sport cars, they rarely think of Japanese cars first. But there is one Japanese sports car that embodies everything that a classic sports car should be. It has great styling, fantastic handling, and overall impressive performance. That one car is the Datsun 240Z and when it hit our shores, it completely changed the image of what a Japanese car could be. There were a lot of these cars that made it our way, but few have survived. Many have either rotted away or been highly modified. Well we found this 1972 240Z here on eBay and not only is it intact, but completely original. The seller is asking $35,000 for this museum quality car, which seems high, but given that the car is rust free and wearing its original paint it might be worth it.
This car is in immaculate condition, with almost no signs of wear. The interior looks as good as it did the day it left the factory. The seller claims the car only has 26,000 original miles on it, and just by the looks of the interior we think they’re probably correct. The first thing we noticed was that the dash cap looks great and doesn’t have a single crack in it. We also noticed that the seats are still like new, as are the carpets. The originality continues from the interior out to the exterior, were the car’s original orange paint is still bright and in great shape.
One of the features that made the 240Z such a fantastic car was its 2.4L straight six. It wasn’t the most powerful engine, only producing 150 hp and 146 lbs. of torque, but it was reliable even at the limits. This car’s original engine has been well maintained throughout its life and has recently been serviced. These engines have a lot of potential, but given the quality of this car we would leave it as it is.
This car looks to be in impressive condition and restoring another 240Z to this condition would cost a small fortune. So while the asking price seems steep, we think it’s pretty close to market value. The real question is will the seller be able to find a buyer? Demand for these cars is all over the place right now, but we wish the seller luck finding the right buyer.