1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828

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1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé
Registration no. EKH 629J Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828

£ 30,000 - 40,000
US$ 37,000 - 50,000
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé
Registration no. EKH 629J
Chassis no. HLS30 42664
Engine no. L24 054828

*Iconic Japanese classic
*Matching chassis and engine numbers
*Imported from the USA
*Restored by a marque specialist
*Left-hand drive

Footnotes

  • 'In the sixties no-one who knew anything about cars would have predicted that the Japanese would ever build a classic or thoroughbred. By the early seventies, however, they had to change their minds - the Z-Car had arrived.' - Graham Robson.

    Formed in 1933, the Nissan Motor Company marketed most of its exported products as Datsuns until the latter name was dropped in 1983. There had been Datsun sports cars before the 240Z, most notably the Fairlady series of the 1960s, but with the Big Z's arrival in 1969 the Japanese firm established itself as a major force to be reckoned with in the sports/GT market. Indeed, the Datsun 240Z was the first Japanese-made sports car to achieve worldwide recognition. Although designed at Nissan by a team headed by Yoshiko Matsuo, with input from consultant Count Albrecht Goertz, stylist of the BMW 503 and 507, the 240Z looked every inch a European product.

    Boasting a 2.4-litre overhead-camshaft six-cylinder engine, five-speed manual (or three-speed automatic) transmission, independent suspension all round and a generous equipment level as standard, the keenly priced 240Z proved an outstanding success in the all-important North American market, taking sales from MG, Triumph and Jaguar. Writing in his book 'A-Z of Sports Cars', Mike Lawrence observed: 'With a top speed of 125mph (0-60mph in eight seconds), a high level of trim as standard (options included air conditioning), a low price and new standards of reliability, the 240Z not only replaced the Austin-Healey 3000 but took sales from both the MGB and Jaguar E-Type.'

    In addition to its commercial success, the 240Z was immediately successful in motor sport, particularly in club racing in the USA and on the world rally stage. Factory prepared and run rally cars quickly gained a reputation for durability on long distance events, especially the Safari Rally where the 240Z won outright in 1971,'72 and '73. Leading drivers included Edgar Hermann, Rauno Aaltonen, Harry Kallstrom, Shekhar Mehta and Tony Fall.

    This matching numbers Datsun 240Z was imported from California in February 2014 and then subjected to a thorough restoration by a 240Z expert, with meticulous attention to detail. The body was stripped down and found to be generally solid and in good rust-free condition; any repairs were made by means of metal fabrication, and the car was given a complete re-spray including the underside. The engine, suspension and running gear were all rebuilt and reassembled. Care was taken to preserve as many of the original parts as possible. In total, some 3,000 hours were spent restoring this car to the show condition it enjoys now. As such, it could well be the finest example currently available. The car has covered only a relative handful of shakedown test miles since the work was completed in 2013, and currently displays a total of 4,931 miles on the odometer. It remains in fabulous condition and is supplied with a photographic record of restoration, the original owner's handbook, UK V5C registration document, and MoT valid until June 2016.
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1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
1971 Datsun 240Z Coupé  Chassis no. HLS30 42664 Engine no. L24 054828
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