Fully restored in 2001 (The Z farm) and yet again a mere 3 years ago (2015) by Classic car specialists Fourways engineering in Kent this 1972 Datsun 240Z had a small fortune spent on it in the last few years alone. Backed up with detailed service history and photographic documentation of the restoration process the care this 240Z has received over the years is beyond impressive. With MOT certificates and TAX discs dating back 30 years present within the service history folder shows what this car meant to the previous owners. Those looking for an outstanding example of this 70’s Japanese performance icon need look no further.
It soon became apparent during its creation, that the Datsun 240Z represented all the requirements of sports-minded drivers by fulfilling their desires for superb styling, power and safety whilst providing them with the most thrilling and enjoyable ride available in any car.
According to Classic and Sportscar, the ‘Z’ was “In a different technical league” whilst Race and Track Magazine noted “Datsun have reinvented the sports-car with the sleek, civilised, sexy and sporty 240Z”.
Reporting 151 B.H.P and 146 lb ft of torque at just 4,400 rpm, Car & Driver said; “A brilliantly conceived car with twice as much thought having gone into it when compared to the Big Healey, MGC, Lotus Elan, Porsches and Corvettes”.
Offering a 125mph top-speed and the 0-60mph dash in a shade under 8 seconds, the well-spaced 5-speed gear ratios made the most of the engine’s torque whilst retaining the ability to achieve in excess of 30 mpg, this was to put the ‘Z’ ahead of many of it’s contemporaries and on a par with Porsche 911s of the time. Very impressive, by anyone’s standards.
It was no surprise therefore that, for many years the Datsun 240Z was heralded as the most successful sports-car of all time.
Launched in the UK as Car & Driver’s ‘Car of the Year’, it was noted by renowned race-driver and motoring journalist John Bolster of Autosport; “To the man who still regards high-speed driving as a pleasure and an art, it promotes un-ending joy with the benefit of easy door entry, ample seat adjustment and good visibility for even the tallest of drivers”.
Although Datsun didn’t invent the Overhead-Cam Engine, Disc Brakes or all-round Independent suspension, the 240Z incorporated all of these systems into a brilliantly conceived car.
New paintwork colours were introduced (intended to attract the young), such as, Montecarlo Silver, Orange and Grand-Prix Blue Metallic with all cars having tinted glass. Equipment levels were high, the sports theme continuing with an almost entirely black interior. Front and rear spoilers were fitted to improve handling stability.
- Alloy Wheels
- Power Windows
- CD Player
- Rear Spoiler
- Dinitrol Treatment
- Oil and filter service
- 130 Point Vehicle Inspection
- UK Registration