Sunday, June 8, 2014

Road Kill: What Would You Offer? 1972 Datsun 240Z

 Last week I attended the local Redondo Beach Car Show located near Ruby's diner on Friday.  This car show is located just a few feet from the Hotel Portofino -- finish line for the infamous Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash and is usually populated by a combination of classics and late model oddballs.  This week I stumbled upon a 1972 Datsun 240Z offered for sale by owner with no asking price.  What would you pay?

This Datsun Z-car is covered in what looks like a decent coat of white paint but it is showing some signs of bubbling in several spots.  Paint preparation is difficult and even the best body shops cant get the same paint quality and adhesion as the factory (with some notable factory issues notwithstanding).  Fix those few bubbles and suddenly this Z looks mighty nice.  A peak on the inside shows a 4 speed manual shifter and an interior that looks good -- but was impossible to photograph clearly with my iPhone in the diminishing sunlight. 
A simple for sale sign made from a manila folder gives a phone number and the always dubious "make offer" request.  It could be a good deal, or it could be an insane seller...only one way to find out.  If you are reading this in the year 2020, please do not call Ken and ask to buy his car as it is long gone and you should be able to pickup a flying car now anyway.

Got your own roadkill to share?
Have a idea what this is worth? Comments below.


  1. Futureman Freddie LawsonJune 9, 2014 at 5:00 AM

    Greetings from the year 2020. We've made a lot of advancements in time travel (once you realize space time is actually 6 dimensional, it works out a lot easier.) but flying cars were a big mistake. They've been banned ever since a drunk driver crashed one into the oval office window. Good thing president Ted Nugent was on vacation to bow hunt pandas (no longer endangered) in The New People's Glorious China That Is In No Way Affiliated With Old North Korea (NPGCTIINWAWONK). In Other news, The rest of the world has switched from gasoline to ethanol produced from Algae, which is actually quite palatable, as well as cheap to produce. The US still runs on dead dinosaurs and ethanol from foodstocks, thanks to lobbyists.

    In the year 2020, a condition 2 Datsun 240z is worth about 100k USD due to massive inflation during Dennis Rodman's single presidential term and Monsanto's "accidental" release of an amoeba that spreads rust like wildfire.

  2. Without seeing the floors, engine bay, hatch area or title cleanliness, I'll assume them to be rusted through and dirty, respectively. $3k because it has blue plates and made it there under its own power (presumably). Of course, solid floors, sorted engine bay and a clean title would bump it up a few grand to, say, $7k.

    For market reference, in April I bought my '72 240z barely-runner with beautiful paint, a solid documented ownership history for the past 30 years, and 98% solid floors/rear hatch and clean title for just north of $4k. I'm still sub-$1k in parts & labor into it and its now a strong, non leaking runner with a 5-spd and no rust.

  3. I just ran the Hagerty Valuation for a '72 240Z and a #3 is valued at $12,500! I was thinking around $5K due to the rust bubbling underneath.

  4. Perry here. $5000 or up to $7500 if it is as nice inside & out as the pics suggest.

    Funny how 510's are worth more.

  5. sold my very damned nice 1972 240z with 5 speed two weeks ago for 14K and some change.
    The " market " is beginning to recognize the early light weight cars.


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