Lot 153 - 1971 Datsun 240Z (G-Nose)
|£32,000 - £37,000
- Rare G-Nose example
- Restored to a good standard
- Imported from California
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 Japan 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 produced and survivors are now seriously appreciating.
Finished in Kilimanjaro White with black interior, this rare and highly desirable G-Nose model 240Z has been restored by a marque expert and as such presents in very good order. Imported from California, the car was stripped with any corrosion cut out and re-fabricated as necessary. Mechanically these cars are very reliable, however the fastidious vendor has ensured this Datsun is in top order mechanically by fitting a new clutch, brakes, dampers, timing chain, wheels and tyres. A service has been carried out and all the fluids have been changed, the carburettors have also been rebuilt. This 240Z was only a two owner car in the U.S. the second owner purchasing the car when it was ten months old; a good history folder accompanies this Datsun which is unusual for an imported car. A G-Nose 240Z is rare and highly desirable, the vendor has ensured this example presents in the best way possible with everything working, even the clock! We are advised the UK registration has been applied for with the DVLA, we expect this to be concluded prior to auction.
Previous lotLot 152 - 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380 SL Roadster
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.