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1974 Datsun 240Z

First run of the Datsun 240Z engine

It’s been a while but we were assured by the previous owner that the engine did run so we thought we’d spend a bit of time this morning seeing if that was indeed was the case…

…and with a little drop of fuel and a battery connection away she goes!

1974 Datsun 240Z pre-restoration

More pictures of our 1974 Datsun 240Z pre-restoration.

We’ll soon start the process of a full strip down to fully assess the body work that will need to be carried out.

Brand new Datsun 240Z badges

In preparation for the full restoration of our 1974 Datsun 240Z we are now starting to collect the available components required for the build.

Classic parts are very rare to come by so we always have one eye on what’s available at all times just incase something becomes available that we know we will need for future projects.

Here we have a brand new set of Datsun 240Z badges.

Coming soon – 1974 Datsun 240Z

Due in tomorrow is our newest project, a 1974 Datsun 240Z.

Sales of the Nissan Z Car started in October 1969 (for the 1970 model year), with separate versions for the Japanese and US markets. The Japanese Fairlady Z featured a 2.0L SOHC L20A inline-6 producing 130 hp (97 kW), while the US 240Z featured a 2.4L L24 inline-6 with twin Hitachi SU type carburetors that produced 151 hp (113 kW) . A third Z, the Z432 PS30 shared a performance version of the DOHC 2.0 L S20 engine with the Nissan Skyline.

In Japan, the Z was still known as the Fairlady to keep the car in line with the previous generation Datsun Sports roadster. JDM versions had the Fairlady Z badge on the lower fenders with the 432 badge above (the 432 designation was 4 valves, 3 carburetors, and 2 camshafts). However, Yutaka Katayama ensured the American version had all Nissan, Fairlady Z, and 432 badging replaced with “Datsun” and prevented all dealer shipments until they were replaced.

The 240Z was released in America on October 22, 1969. Combining good looks, and powerful performance, it sold over 45,000 units through the ’71 model year and over 50,000 and 40,000 in 1972 and 1973, respectively.

Our Car

The Datsun 240Z has just been released from its slumbers that started in 1984 when the car was put away due to a growing family and the reluctance to part with it.

Believed to be one of seven RHD cars built in this year makes it even rarer.

With mostly LHD cars only coming to the market, this car is very rare indeed especially with this mileage and this amount of previous owners.

33 years later this one owner plus demonstrator with 50,000 miles has seen the light of day and is ripe for one of our highly sought after concours restorations

The interior is time warp and is in fantastic condition with everything standard, mostly irreplaceable.

The body will be striped, dipped and rebuilt to as new and will be painted in its original metallic blue.

The engine, gearbox and back axle will be subject to a full rebuild.

All other parts will either be refurbished or replaced as necessary to make it Bridge show winner.

We don’t expect this car to be for sale very long and it is not for sale un-restored.