Thursday, January 7, 2016

Mildly Upgraded: 1970 Datsun 240Z

The Datsun 240Z is the grandfather to all modern Japanese sports coupes -- sure, it wasn't the first sporty hardtop to come from Japan, but it was the first that sold in big numbers and put notice to the world that the Japanese were coming.  Find this 1970 Datsun 240Z here on eBay bidding for $8,000 with 4 days to go, located in Fort Mill, SC.

The Z stole sales from domestic and foreign competition alike when it hit the US showrooms in 1970, and sales of everything the MGB GT, Mustang, Camaro, to the Porsche 912 were converted to the Yoshihiko Matsuo designed two-seater.  It was a good looking car, fast enough, and fun in the turns.

Please ignore the carpet roll holding up the forward hinged hood and instead admire the 2.8 liter L28 inline-6 that fits nicely between the front fenders of the S130 chassis (the original engine would have been a 2.4 liter L24).  The L28 is rated at 170 horsepower when fitted with the original Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, but probably makes the same power with the twin carb setup seen here.

 See another classic Japanese sports coupe from the 70s?


  1. This is my sports car dream. just beautiful. oh, and this is an s30 chassis, the s130 was the 280zx.

  2. Looks like a decent low budget restoration/clean up of a pretty solid little car. It would be a great one to grab up to keep tinkering with as you drove it. The flares scare me a little, and the interior needs some major cleaning. But for 8k, I'd be passing this one by.

  3. So it seems like many of these are getting the bolt on fender flares and it is an acceptable mod.
    What size tire can one fit in the stock wheel arches and what size after the Flare? It must be a difference that really helps get more tire in there.


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