2018 Shannons Melbourne Late Summer Classic Auction

1969 Datsun Fairlady '240Z' Coupe




Engine In-line 6-cylinder, 3000cc (See Text)
Gearbox 5-speed manual
Body Work Coupe
Colour Dark Metallic Burgundy
Interior Red & Black
Trim Velour / Vinyl
Wheels Cast Alloy
Brakes Discs


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One of the most sought after Japanese cars ever made, the original Datsun 240Z was so good it even went back into production a second time, with Nissan releasing re-manufactured examples to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the original.  The combination of attractive styling, great handling and a smooth, powerful overhead cam six-cylinder engine proved irresistible to buyers around the world, not to mention the incredibly low price.  Launched in 1969, the 240Z’s engine was derived from the 1600 four-cylinder and had twin side-draft single-barrel carburettors, developed 150 bhp and drove the rear wheels through a five-speed gearbox (American market cars came with a four-speed only).  Independent suspension all round was via MacPherson struts at the front and Chapman struts at the rear, while disc brakes were employed for the front wheels only.  The Z-car was also well made and proved remarkably durable, though the temptation to ‘improve’ the original design proved too strong for many and finding a good, unmolested example is becoming increasingly difficult.  With race proven credentials (the Z enjoyed a successful career on the international rally circuit as well), the Datsun 240Z is now a popular, not to mention affordable, choice for those getting started in historic motor sport.