Lot 234 - 1972 Datsun 240Z
|Chassis Number||HLS3 78447|
|Engine Number||L24 098899|
|Estimate||£22,000 - £26,000|
The Datsun 240Z wasn't Japan's first sports car. It wasn't even Nissan's; as that honour goes to the open-topped Fairlady. But it was the first sports car from the Pacific Rim that achieved huge international success, especially in the USA. Nissan's formula for sales success with this car was simple; to imitate the British sports car such as the MGC and Triumph GT6 by accentuating their good points and eliminating the legions of faults. The 240Z's looks were spot on, thanks to styling influenced by a Count Albrecht Goertz concept developed for Datsun in the early 1960s. Performance from its sporty 2.4 litre power unit which owed a lot to the BMC C-Series as well as Mercedes-Benz's straight-six, was more than ample. Being a Datsun, reliability was a given, but the agile (if tail-happy) handling was a pleasant surprise. During its five year run, more than 150,000 were produce and survivors are now seriously appreciating.
This 1972 Datsun 240Z is fitted with a manual gearbox was fully rebuilt and restored in 2013 and has recently been imported to the UK from the Bordeaux region in France. Fitted with period Wolfrace wheels, this 240Z is finished in lime yellow with lime yellow and black interior and supplied with a French registration document, a French transfer certificate, a UK MoT test certificate which expires in February 2017 and, if the car is to remain in the UK, a NOVA certificate will be issued. Japanese sports cars from this period are becoming much sought after and restored examples are demanding high prices; this 240Z would grace any collection and should carry on appreciating in value.
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.