Garage-find Datsun 240Z looks like a complete project
A family-owned 1971 Datsun 240Z in Yorba Linda, California, has recently been unearthed from its long-term hibernation and is now up for sale on eBay. Early S30 Zs are among the most desirable of ‘70s Japanese cars, and for good reason. Their wonderful inline-six engines and absolutely stunning looks have made them a hot commodity, and this low-mileage example is proving these striking coupes are as collectible as ever.
Showing just 44,268 on the odometer and wearing Datsun’s 907 green paint, this garage find will require quite a lot TLC to restore, but the photos seem to show a factory paint job that’s been returned to its glory with a bit of buffing. The engine bay looks like it will require the same sort of attention and quite a bit of polish to return the 2.4-liter inline-six to its rightful luster, although the listing does note that the car runs and drives. After sitting for ages, the car needed some new fuel lines, clutch cylinders, a new brake master cylinder, and tires, but there is no doubt that other mechanical parts will need tending to. Inside, the upholstery and carpet reflect more of the car’s age than its mileage, but the potential is clearly there.
The auction, which still has a day to go, has reached $20,000 but has not yet met the reserve. A 1971 Datsun 240Z in #4 (Fair) condition is currently valued at $14,000. The chance to own a one-owner car with its original paint and such low mileage has clearly been enough to coax at least five bidders to offer more than the #4 value. We’ll be back to check on this one tomorrow, does anyone think it will hit the #3 (Good) value of $30,700 before then?