Classic and Sports Car that drew attention towards the 240Z, following a twin test in this month's issue with a Mk 1 Ford Capri. The comparison is fascinating, both cars clearly influenced by the burgeoning American muscle car scene with big engines, long bonnets and rear-wheel-drive.
But it's the little details that mark the Datsun out, and make it seem more modern than the Ford. It's shorter and narrower, emphasising a sense of litheness and athleticism; the styling themes are just as classic, but the 240Z just seems to wear its years better than the Capri. The 240Z's straight-six revs to 7,000rpm thanks to an alloy head and an overhead camshaft. The Capri's Essex V6 will spin to just 5,800rpm, thanks to its all-iron construction and pushrods. And despite having 600cc more cylinder volume, it makes less power.
Don't misunderstand this comparison; I love old Fords, especially Capris. But putting it alongside the 240Z shows how the European car industry underestimated the competition coming from the east.
This £15,000 car is the only 240Z for sale in the PH Classifieds, and looking elsewhere didn't unearth much more. Under £10,000 buys you a project Z in need of work for an MOT whilst spending over £20,000 that gets you a race-prepared 240Z.
The advert states this Datsun was 'Totally Restored In 2008 And Has Covered Only Approx 1000 Miles Since'. OK, capitalising every word makes reading it a test of endurance but the restoration seems very thorough. Almost everything has been replaced engine-wise, the work including a full rebuild and balancing of the bottom end by Fourways Engineering, new valves,a high-lift cam and new carburettors. Then there's the stainless steel exhaust, uprated brakes, immaculate period alloys...
Oh, and if you still fancy a Capri, this Mk 1 3000E looks great.
See the original advert here
Engine: 2,393cc, straight six
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Power (hp): 163@5,600rpm
Torque (lb ft): 146@4,400rpm
First registered: 1973
Recorded mileage: 1,000 since 2008 restoration, no other figure given
Price new: £2,690
Yours for: £15,000