GARY G 1972 Datsun 240Z 2dr Coupe

A wife's expression of love !

I saw a 1972 Datsun 240Z for sale in Indiana in January of 2015 with 23K original miles, being sold by the original owner with all documents. As a joke, I sent the link to my wife and said “Someday, I’d like to have another one of these.” On a whim, I contacted the seller and, after lots of questions, I decided it was just too rich for my blood. On Valentine’s Day, my wife of 34 years told me she bought the car. Believe it or not, it has the original tires from new. My wife and I had to travel about 20 miles north of here to pick it up at a gravel lot filled with mud holes, and there it sat…off loaded from the carrier after being dragged across the entire nation in some of the worst weather lately. At first, I was disappointed because it wasn’t orange as it appeared in the photos; it was more red and, of course, it was strewn with mud and gravel and who knows what from its nationwide tour on the open carrier. One of the first things I noticed was some paint overspray on the rubber hood guides from the hood repaint done 42 years ago…. I was discouraged seeing that. Anyway, we paid the trucker and I reluctantly got in it to drive it home down I-5 on the 43-year-old Bridgestone tires. It started and ran beautifully. I kept the speed down to 40 mph on the Interstate, due to the old rubber, with my wife following in the Jeep with the flashers going. Also, I didn’t turn on the wipers in spite of the rain, because there was a lot of gravel sitting on the original blades from the road trip. Got home, stuck the thing in the garage, went back to work to finish the day and then came home and went to work on her. First, I carefully vacuumed all of the gravel I could out of the nooks and crannies while in the garage, then I pulled it out and did a very careful and thorough rinsing and washing after removing the original hubcaps and washing them separately. I hosed out the wheel wells and under the car and did a preliminary hosing and washing under the hood to remove any potential salt and road crap from the trip west. After it was thoroughly cleaned, I realized what I had. Unquestionably, 23K original miles with a very good color match re-spray of the hood and upper fenders 42 years ago with some minor overspray on a few things easily removed. The rest of the car, all original, beautifully maintained paint with a few minor dings that probably can be taken out with paintless dent removal. Inside were all of the receipts since new, including the dealer invoice, color brochure from 1971, owner’s manual and two original keys [one, never used in the original box]. The original owner had previously UPS’d the original title which I haven’t changed yet. Under the hood, all of the original stickers are in place and excellent, and there are some factory felt pen notes on the radiator mount with dates from ’72. The original “Koito” headlights are still in place, as are the original natural metal wipers, which are almost always black from being replaced with modern units. The best part was when I felt just like Howard Carter discovering King Tut’s tomb and opened up the secret tool compartments in the back and found the tools in their original plastic wrapping in the vinyl pouch and wheel chocks and jack having never been removed. And then on to the spare-tire compartment under the like-new carpet where I was greeted by the smell of 43-year-old Bridgestone rubber wafting out from the never-used spare.

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