Lot 258 - 1973 Datsun 260Z Coupé **WITHDRAWN**
|Odometer reading||52,000 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
The Nissan S30 (sold in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z and in other markets as the Datsun 240Z, then later as the 260Z and 280Z) was the first generation of Z GT two-seat coupé, produced by Nissan Motors, Ltd. from 1969 to 1978. For the 260Z the engine was enlarged over that of the 240Z with a longer stroke to 2.6 litres and increased the power output increased to 165bhp. 1974 brought for the first time to the S30 line a new 2+2 seating version, which offered room for four passengers and an extra 11.9 inches of wheelbase. These cars have a notably different roofline from the two-seat coupés, incorporating larger opening quarter panel windows. The 260Z claimed a few updates or improvements over the 240Z. The climate controls were more sensibly laid out and easier to work, and those cars with air conditioning now had the system integrated into the main climate control panel.
This 1973 Datsun 260Z coupé with the automatic gearbox option was purchased by the vendor in southern California in 2011 where it had been dry stored for the previous seven years, prior to that it is believed it had been used as a film prop for numerous years on different films and TV shows. This completely rust-free example has been the subject to a restoration and updated to European specification. The restoration included stripping the car to bare metal and repainting, completely renewing all the trim including headlining, seat covers, carpets, replacing all the rubber weather proofing, giving the mechanics a full service, replacing the wheels and tyres with hand polishing the period Wolfrace wheels and the correct American tyres and updating to UK specification with regard to bumpers and lighting requirements. The vendor is currently having the car registered in the UK and should have the V5C document by the time of the auction. It is supplied with an MoT test certificate which expires in August 2015, an original handbook and a copy of the American title.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.