Sunday, February 19, 2017

McSushi Buffet: 1974 Datsun 240Z V8

Nissan's fabulous 240Z was sold in the US of A with a Datsun badge, but it offered ninja-like reflexes and a silky smooth inline-6.  For years folks joked that Japanese cars would never be collectable, and 240Z prices hovered above scrap value, so many were (for better or worse) turned into hot rods. Find this 1974 Datsun 240Z V8 offered for $8,500 in Van Nuys, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

The era of the ultra-cheap 240Z is long behind us, but prices are still reasonable if you don't get in a bidding war for the last totally stock one with 20k miles on the odo.  This isn't a stock example by any yardstick, but it looks seriously quick.

Under the hood is a 350 cubic inch small block V8 with a mild camshaft and 10.5:1 compression plus some other breath-right goodies.  It makes 280 horsepower at the wheels according to the seller, so there is room for improvement.

 See another 570Z for cheap?


  1. Interesting car, but the driving videos that he posted don't do him any favours. Top tip: get a friend to video while you are driving. Top tip #2: turn the phone sideways.

  2. Until about a month ago I thought a V8 swap was the perfect upgrade in a 240 until I started watching youtube videos of 240z with modified 280 engine L28ET (I believe)
    The sound is amazing!
    It still blows mw away that these cars are affordable. Really a perfect balanced design. The above listed one is really great looking.
    that sound

  3. Just to nitpick, that would had have been a 260-Z

  4. I wonder if these will ever appreciate to the point where people undo the engine swaps and body work to get them back to original. I kinda hope so.

  5. As far as what people say about collectibility goes, my father used to say that '65 Mustangs would never be collectible because they made too many of them. My father also turned down a 427 Cobra in the seventies for a ridiculously low price, telling me that nobody wanted one back then, so his crystal ball was cloudy, I guess.


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