1973 Datsun 240Z
Original, 3 owner, matching numbers car with very few miles driven since full nut and bolt rotisserie restoration. The car is immaculate and as new.
This is a UK delivered car and was originally white. The first owner didn't like the colour so promptly painted the car metallic blue, but unfortunately left the engine bay white. A year later the car was sold to the second owner in Zimbabwe. The car was shipped there and used sparingly from 1975 until March 2015. We bought the car with a genuine 43,000 miles on the clock and shipped it to South Africa where the car was stripped completely to the bare shell. The shell was then taken to bare metal.
We wanted to keep the car as original as possible, but weren't excited at taking it back to white. We opted for a period 240Z colour - Safari Gold 920 - instead, and the final result has vindicated our decision. The car looks stunning. As the car came from the highlands of Zimbabwe, there was no rust whatsoever, just 42 years of light wear and tear.
During the restoration process, not one single part was left untouched, nor expense spared. We imported a large shipment of new parts from the USA, and everything that we felt needed to be replaced with new was replaced. All suspension parts were sandblasted and powder coated. New shocks and polyurethane suspension rubbers fitted, All brackets painted or zinc plated, as were the nuts, bolts, clamps etc.
The motor was stripped and the head redone, and water and oil pump replaced. A full new gasket set was fitted. The gearbox and diff were checked, cleaned and refitted. We fitted a new clutch and all hydraulic pipes etc. A new custom 50mm stainless steel exhaust system was fabricated and fitted using the original as a template.
The interior is immaculate and original. The dash is un-cracked, new carpets were fitted and the driver seat repaired on the bolster, but otherwise the interior is completely original.
We managed to source original steel rims and hubcaps for the car, and she pretty much looks like she would have driving off the production line in 1973.
You will struggle to find a cleaner Z in Australia at the moment, and there is absolutely nothing to spend. The full restoration process was photo documented and copies of all the parts invoices are available to be supplied with the car.
This particular car featured at Motorclassica in Melbourne in October 2016, and was the only Japanese car featured in the main hall. A testament to the quality of the restoration. The car is currently registered on Victoria Club plates which are not transferrable, so will be sold unregistered.