Lot 225 - 1974 Datsun 260Z
|Odometer reading||103,200 miles|
|Estimate||£22,000 - £26,000|
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 of Japan from 1969 to 1978. It was designed by a team led by Mr. Yoshihiko Matsuo, the head of Nissan's Sports Car Styling Studio. HLS30 was the designation of the lefthand drive model and HS30 for the righthand drive model. This model was sold in the United States for the 1974 model year only but was available in other countries until 1978. A three-speed automatic transmission was an option and the four-speed manual standard. 1974 brought for the first time to the S30 line a new 2+2 seating option, 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 and 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. There was also additional stiffness in the chassis due to a redesign of the chassis rails which were larger and extended further back than previous models. The 260Z debuted a redesigned dashboard and console and door panels for the interior, together with updated tail lights.
This 260Z has been imported into the UK from Nevada and is described as being totally free of rust. However, the vendor, a well respected restorer, has carried out a total mechanical and bodywork restoration on this Datsun. The engine has been rebuilt and a six-branch stainless steel exhaust system fitted. New Koni shock absorbers have been fitted to the front and new suspension bushes throughout. A full bare-metal re-spray has been carried out and the metallic black paint finish appears to be first class. A new leather interior has also been fitted. We are advised the car will be registered on UK number plates prior to the auction and the car will come with a full MoT test certificate. We were unable to test drive the 260Z prior to the auction due to the restoration nearing completion; however, due to the fastidious nature of the vendor, we do not expect anything other than a first class example when finished.
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