by Mike –
Previously we have featured several different classic cars as examples of cool collector cars that can be had for less than $50,000 USD. Today we are discussing the exciting Japan made Datsun 240Z.
Before the Datsun 240Z was introduced in 1969 most Americans did not think much of Japanese cars, they were just cheap transportation.
The Datsun 240Z made a big impression on car lovers and changed the Japanese car image for good. The styling of the 240Z can remind one of Italian cars from the period. It is typical that Japanese car designers borrowed stylings from other car marques. The Datsun 240Z was sold in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z, a name that probably would not have gone over well outside of Japan.
The 240Z was powered by a 2.4 liter overhead-cam straight six-cylinder engine with a four-speed manual transmission. It had independent rear suspension and would hit 0-60 MPH in 7.8 seconds and top speed was 125 MPH. Not bad considering the low price. A three-speed automatic transmission was optional from 1971 on.
The Datsun 240Z was a big success with 148,115 sold of just the 240Z model alone and there were the follow on models 260Z and 280Z plus others.
These are still very stylish cars with parts readily available. Although I have noticed that an unmolested original, or even a correct restoration, for sale is rare.
I liked them when they were new and I still like them.
Number made: 148,115 from 1970 through 1973.
Hagerty Price Guide value for a condition 2 example: $35,200 for the 1970 model and $34,800 for the 1971 through 1973 models.
Sports Car Market Pocket Price Guide median price: $32,600 for the 1970 model and $16,700 for the 1971 through 1973 models.
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