Back in the early 1970s the Datsun 240Z was the hot ticket for buyers who wanted an affordable, well-equipped GT car. If you missed the opportunity to buy one back then, you might want to consider this remarkably well preserved 240Z with 77,500 miles, which looks like it just came from the dealer yesterday. Find it here on craigslist in Seattle for $14,995.
This 240Z looks to be in excellent condition throughout, and the seller claims that it still carries its original paint and that there is no bubbling anywhere on the body. There are a few nicks and scratches visible in the photos, but nothing major. The car is described as having been garaged for the last 30 years, unregistered for the last 13 years, and needing a few tweeks and a tune-up before being put back on the road.
The interior is one of the best original 240Z interiors we have seen, and is said to need nothing more than attention to a small rip in the drivers seat. The dash is excellent and free of cracks and abrasions, and all of the controls and the steering wheel seem to be in fine condition – a rarity in a Z car this old. A photo in the listing shows that the floor under the carpets is rust-free and looks as new as the rest of the interior.
The vinyl, carpets, and tie-down straps appear to be unworn originals, suggesting that this Z car lived a pampered life. The cargo space behind the seats has always been a very useful feature of these Z cars providing plenty of cargo room. This car looks so good that the survivor claims are hard to believe so we would probably ask for more documentation to back them up.
Everything on the car is described as being “stock and original”, but that’s not quite true. The original carburetors have been replaced by aftermarket downdraft carbs on short manifolds that adapt them to the original intake manifold. Due to more stringent emissions standards of 1973, the 1973 Z cars didn’t run as well as earlier Z cars, which was the main reason why owners sometimes installed this downdraft setup. These non-original carbs might actually be welcomed addition for someone who values driveability above strict originality.