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BaT Auction: 1970 Datsun 240Z

BaT Auction: 1970 Datsun 240Z

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This 1970 Datsun 240Z is a Series I example that was modified by a previous owner and purchased in the mid-1980s by the seller, who completed a 15-year refurbishment in 2017. Refinished in factory Light Grey Metallic over a replacement black vinyl interior, the car is powered by a rebuilt 2.4-liter inline-six paired with a 4-speed manual transmission and 3.71:1 R200 differential. Features include an E31 cylinder head, a mild Web camshaft, rebuilt carburetors, a 2½” exhaust system, electronic ignition, a period Hitachi AM radio, and more. This 240Z is offered with refurbishment records, factory literature, spares, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

1970 Datsun 240Z

Originally finished in Dark Green, the car was reportedly modified for rally racing by a previous owner and was purchased in that state by the seller in the 1980s. A 15-year refurbishment initiated in 2002 included disassembling the car and repainting the body in the period factory shade of Light Grey Metallic (901).

1970 Datsun 240Z

Series I features include C-pillar badging as well as vents in the hatch and vertical defroster lines in the rear window. The car is equipped with European-style front and rear bumpers without overriders. Six-spoke wheels from a 280ZX wear Dunlop 195/70 tires that are said to be 10 years old.

1970 Datsun 240Z

The seats were rebuilt and trimmed in fresh black vinyl upholstery during the refurbishment. A new headliner, door and side panels, and carpets were installed along with asphalt sound deadening. The center stack retains a period auto-tuning Hitachi AM radio.

1970 Datsun 240Z

The wood shift knob joins a wood-look steering wheel and black dashboard housing factory instrumentation, including an 8k-rpm tachometer and 160-mph speedometer. The 5-digit odometer shows 11k miles and is believed to have rolled over twice by the seller, who has reportedly driven the car more than 200k miles in 35 years.

1970 Datsun 240Z

The 2.4-liter inline-six was rebuilt during the seller’s ownership and uses a replacement P30-series block from a later 240Z and an E31 high-compression cylinder head. Work within the last 1,000 miles reportedly included fitment of a mild Web camshaft, overhauls of the dual SU carburetors, and a valve job. Other equipment consists of a Nissan 2400 OHC valve cover, a 6-into-1 header, 2½” exhaust piping with intermediate and main mufflers, velocity stacks on the carburetors, and an electronic ignition system with extended dwell at high RPM.

1970 Datsun 240Z

Shifting is through a 4-speed manual transmission from a Series II 240Z, and power is sent to the rear wheels through a 3.71:1 R200 differential. Additional underside photos are available in the gallery below.

1970 Datsun 240Z

Photos of the car during refurbishment are also available in the gallery. Invoices covering the refurbishment are included in the sale, as are factory literature, a stock air cleaner and exhaust manifold, and miscellaneous spare parts.

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December 8, 2018 at 12:12AM
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