Saturday, March 21, 2015

10k: SEMA Booth Survivor: 1971 Datsun 240Z

Ah, good old SEMA.  The yearly display of cars and chicks in Las Vegas-- officially known as Silicone, Energydrinks, Machines, and Ass.  If you've ever been to the invite only (no looky-loos) Automotive aftermarket industry exposition of boobs, bros, and bosozoku, you'll know what it means to be a SEMA car.  It means that you've had retired strippers posing on the hood, children in strollers bumping into your fenders (seriously, who brings a baby to an industry trade show -- oh yeah, about a thousand people), and crowds of people wandering aimlessly by, hoping for some worthless piece of free tchotchke or an autographed poster from a booth professional.  But when the show is over, you are now just another magazine car looking for a new owner.  Find this 1971 Datsun 240Z offered here on eBay currently bidding for $11,500 with one day to go, located in Erie, CO.

The Datsun 240Z was the first mass market Japanese sports car to hit the US market and it was fantastic.  The 2-seater features a low driving position, peppy 150hp inline-6 up front, and communicative steering make for a great sports package.


Power comes from a stock looking 2.4 liter L20A SOHC inline-6, rated at 150 horsepower from the factory when new.   The smooth revving inline-6 plays nicely with the 5-speed manual gearbox mated to the rear wheels.


If you want the JDM experience, you'll need to find a right-hand-drive example like this one.  The seller states that the car was purchased by an overseas stationed US soldier who took it home with him when his deployment was over.  The car has had a few owners since, and in 2010 it was given a quick make over to show in the Enkei wheels booth at the 2010 SEMA show.

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8 comments:

  1. Gorgeous and I love that the wheels are black on one side, gold on the other. I'd leave it exactly like that.

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  2. Ha! It seems to be a much brighter white on the RHS too. Maybe it is just the light!

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  3. Beautiful Z
    I have fond memories of those wheels. My dad had a gold set on his brown 320i in the 80s.

    I love to look at old Road&Track aftermarket wheel ads. It was pretty limiting to what one could get.
    [img]http://i26.tinypic.com/2qsqij9.jpg[/img]

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    1. Oh yeah. I remember those teddy bear wheels. Of all that was holy...thanks for dredging up that nightmare again. Thanks a lot.

      [img]http://img.izismile.com/img/img3/20100606/640/teddy_bear_wheels_640_08.jpg[/img]

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  4. Love the white w/ gold mesh wheels as well. The only other car I've seen that comes to mind that looks good in this combo are the good ol' Trans Am GTAs... and those just seemed to look good in every color.
    [img]http://img.mx.autos.cozot.com/pics/mx/2013/09/20/Pontiac-firebird-trans-am-gta-20130920015452.jpg[/img]

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    1. .... and even though I'm a T/A fan, I'm more towards the Datsun here... beautiful car.

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  5. Sold for $21.1k. Strong money but a good-looking Z. Love the RHD on this.

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  6. I've attended the SEMA Show for almost 20 years in a row now and I can't ever remember seeing a baby stroller there.

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