Friday, October 31, 2014

Night of the Living 240Z

That 1972 Datsun 240Z (say it two forty zed and the title makes more sense) that you thought was long buried and gone, it's back.  Back from the grave, and for sale here in this ALLCAPS eBay auction, currently bidding for $12,100 with less than 1 day before it breaks down your doors and feasts on your spare parts.  All it needs are a few parts from a running 240Z and it'll be back from the dead.

Welcome to the 2014 Daily Turismo Halloween Horrorod special, where movies and cars collide. Beware of zombies.

The owner of this 240Z left it in his garage for dead, but he made the all too common mistake of building his garage on top of an old pet cemetery, which of course was on old Indian burial ground...wait a few years an presto, the thing is back to life with a strange hunger for flesh...

The seller claims he purchased the car from the son of the original owner and that the car had sat in a garage for 22 years.  A carb rebuild and a few magic spells later, the car fires up and runs okay, but the tires have flat spots from sitting for so long.  You are gonna need more than a few old pallets of wood to keep this thing out of your basement.

See another zombie ready for reanimation?


  1. Wow, 107,000 miles on the original spark plugs, according to the ad! This thing really is one of the Un-Dead.

    I am not afraid of Zombies (well, not much....) but the mention of 1970s-era Ziebart rustproofing scares the h*ll out of me. Back then, the Ziebart treatment was famous for developing tiny surface cracks that would allow water infiltration, and then trap the brine against the very metal it was supposed to be protecting. I have spent many hours scraping Ziebart off lovingly-rusted inner fenders on Datsuns.

    Otherwise, this looks like a well preserved original car, in surprising shape for the mileage.

  2. They were absolutely the tits back in their day, but oddly they don't do much for me any more.

    From a purely personal standpoint, in cars from that era even if you exclude the rusty '70.5 Z28 under a cover two blocks from me that I take the checkbook every time I walk past the house just in case, these days I'd rather have a 510, or an early 610, or a 2002, or etc.

    But it does look good for what it is.


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