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1971 Datsun 240Z

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$105,000

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1971 Datsun 240Z

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1971 Datsun 240Z

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1971 Datsun 240Z

Highest Bid: $105,000 (USD) by: TC

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Auction Type:  Reserve

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Chassis/VIN:

HLS3021991

Location:

Palm City, Florida

Odometer:

51,855 (Mi)

Lot Number:

10950789

Engine:

2.4L I6

Seller:

Private Party

Transmission:

Manual

Carfax:

TITLE/VIN CHECK  

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Highest Bid: $105,000 (USD) by: TC

Auction Type:  Reserve

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Chassis/VIN:

HLS3021991

Location:

Palm City, Florida

Odometer:

51,855 (Mi)

Lot Number:

10950789

Engine:

2.4L I6

Seller:

Private Party

Transmission:

Manual

Carfax:

TITLE/VIN CHECK  

Confirmed

 

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Vehicle Story

This 1971 Datsun 240Z is an unmodified and highly original example that has been single-family-owned since new and received a recent cosmetic and mechanical refurbishment after spending nearly two decades in storage. Originally assembled in February 1971, this S30-chassis sports hatchback offers an independent front and rear suspension, full gauges, factory-correct exterior decals, and a numbers-matching 2.4-liter inline-6 paired with the original 4-speed manual transmission. Finished in Racing Green over a reupholstered Butterscotch vinyl interior, this 240Z is now offered with restoration documentation and a clear Florida title in the seller’s name.

The 240Z, known in certain markets as the Fairlady Z, debuted in late 1969 as a 1970 model. This example from the subsequent year was reportedly driven on a regular basis for its first decade, then placed into storage in 1981 where it resided in safekeeping until 2019. A subsequent restoration was carried out under the seller’s ownership to elevate the car to an original and show-worthy state. Along with the fastidious refurbishment, a fresh coat of Racing Green (907) paint was applied along with factory-correct white accent stripes on the side panels, sail panel logos, and other OEM badging. Brightwork is comprised of the front and rear bumpers, window surrounds, tailpipe, and door handles which were all refinished as part of the cosmetic refreshment.

The original 14"x4.5" date-matching steel wheels with original Datsun-branded hubcaps are wrapped in newer Hankook Kinergy tires. Suspension architecture for this hatchback includes an independent front with MacPherson struts, coil springs, and an anti-roll bar. The rear is independent as well, operating with lower wishbones and telescopic dampers. The seller notes that the factory Bridgestone tires are no longer available and thus could not be ordered and installed.

The two-seat interior is reupholstered in factory-original Butterscotch vinyl high-back bucket seats, color-matched to the door panels, headliner, and center tunnel side materials. Factory-correct black materials are in place for the crack-free original dash, center console, and Datsun-branded embroidered floor mats. Amenities include air conditioning, the hand-refinished original wood shift knob, the factory wood-rimmed steering wheel, a replacement push-button AM/FM radio, and an armrest. The hatch area is carpeted and features matching Butterscotch vinyl over the wheel wells. The original spare tire, which is still holding air, is housed beneath the cargo compartment floor and it is joined by the original jack, tools, wheel chocks, touch-up paint, and more.

Instrumentation is framed by the original three-spoke steering wheel and consists of a 160-mph speedometer, an 8k-rpm tachometer, and a clock and gauges fuel level, coolant temperature, oil pressure, and voltage in the center stack. The five-digit mechanical odometer shows 51,855 miles, which has been documented on the title as actual mileage.

The front-hinged hood opens to reveal the numbers-matching 2.4-liter L24 inline-6 which received a mechanical refresh after the car was moved from long-term storage. Power is directed to the rear wheels via the original console-shifted 4-speed manual transmission.

Photos showing the underside are available in the carousel, and these illustrate the attention to detail applied during the top-to-bottom restoration.

The sale includes documentation from the build as well as spare parts.

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Comments & Questions

September 09, 2021
08:59 AM

Due to unforeseen circumstances not allowing the seller to show the car or respond to questions the auction has been extended and will end on Friday, September 10th. Please contact AutoHunter directly at 480-745-8443 to set up an inspection or with any questions.

September 09, 2021
08:49 AM

Looks like half of the commenters haven't even bid on the car lol... I reached out to AutoHunter and it sounds like this guy has been off the grid but sounds like he's back today.

September 09, 2021
05:21 AM

Funny the seller can answer other questions about how nice the car is but will not respond to a walk around . Must be something wrong so good luck with the car . Looks nice and I would have payed more for it . But I would have to think there something not right , we all have phones today to respond. Best of luck to the new owner !

September 09, 2021
04:54 AM

I have yet to be contacted by the seller. The auction is over at 2 PM today. As I live in the same town as the car is located, I am very disappointed in this seller and my first AutoHunter experience. I can not bid without an inspection on a nearly $100k car with some questionable photos and pedigree. This seems like a scam. Do not bother contacting me.

September 08, 2021
04:09 PM

@Zeeology – Did you have an opportunity to evaluate the 240Z in person? ...

I have not been contacted by the seller.

September 08, 2021
03:06 PM

@AutoHunter_Info – Please note yesterday evening's post regarding the seller's delay in returning from a trip. He has asked that we let everyone know that he is en route to his home today. ...

I guess I will wait to here if I can do a walk around tomorrow before the time runs out .

September 08, 2021
02:59 PM

@Conserv – No , sorry did not here back from the seller , maybe something to hide ? I am 20 min away from him ...

Please note yesterday evening's post regarding the seller's delay in returning from a trip. He has asked that we let everyone know that he is en route to his home today.

September 08, 2021
02:54 PM

@Conserv – Tomorrow what time ? ...

No , sorry did not here back from the seller , maybe something to hide ? I am 20 min away from him

September 08, 2021
02:52 PM

@Zeeology – Were you able to schedule a viewing with the seller? ...

Tomorrow what time ?

September 08, 2021
11:43 AM

I had heard about this car about to go up for auction a couple of weeks ago. A mechanic I know put me in touch with the seller and I went out to take a good look at this vehicle. Gentlemen I’m here to tell you, the pictures posted do NOT do it justice. I frequent car shows often but I’ve yet to see a 240 Z look so immaculate. The car looks like it just rolled off the assembly line. To most people, it would appear that this car is brand new. The finish, the upholstery, the glass everything was pristine. What I could only characterize as an obsessive attention to detail. You really have to see this car up close to appreciate the fine work that went in to it's restoration. Unfortunately it’s beyond my budget, but after seeing it in person I knew it would be.

September 08, 2021
10:54 AM

@Conserv – I am in west palm beach let me know what time we can view the car . ...

Were you able to schedule a viewing with the seller?

September 08, 2021
10:53 AM

@MASanchez – I would to set up a visit for tomorrow or Wednesday before the auction ends. Thanks. ...

Did you have an opportunity to evaluate the 240Z in person?

September 08, 2021
10:50 AM

@TheZMan – Dear Zeeolgy, Thank you for all your comments and questions. As far as the car being a 99-100 concours car, I never said that , that was one mans opinion. As far as everything else I'm sorry my workmanship does not meet up to your standard. But you are more than welcome to come by my shop and we can talk about it man to man. Oh by the way I have original gas petal rubber & antenna ! Have A Nice Day! ...

Thanks for responding prior to the auction ending, however, travel at this time to visit your shop and conduct an inspection is unlikely. Hopefully @MASanchez or @Conserv can report back with their personal evaluations.

September 08, 2021
10:04 AM
Seller

@James33 – Looks just like the 240Z on the "other" auction site that brought $310,000. I think that car was a survivor, but this example looks equally as impressive. @TheZMan hope your Z finds a great home, it's a beautiful car! ...

Thank you for your comments, I hope it finds a good home too.......

September 08, 2021
09:58 AM
Seller

@1SloEco – I was thinking the same thing. Looks like it’s the exact same spec too. Considering that one went for over $300k, I wonder how much this one will jump up to. ...

Thank you for your very nice comments...

September 08, 2021
09:55 AM

Wow

September 08, 2021
09:53 AM
Seller

Dear Zeeolgy, Thank you for all your comments and questions. As far as the car being a 99-100 concours car, I never said that , that was one mans opinion. As far as everything else I'm sorry my workmanship does not meet up to your standard. But you are more than welcome to come by my shop and we can talk about it man to man. Oh by the way I have original gas petal rubber & antenna ! Have A Nice Day!

September 08, 2021
06:58 AM

@James33 – Looks just like the 240Z on the "other" auction site that brought $310,000. I think that car was a survivor, but this example looks equally as impressive. @TheZMan hope your Z finds a great home, it's a beautiful car! ...

I was thinking the same thing. Looks like it’s the exact same spec too. Considering that one went for over $300k, I wonder how much this one will jump up to.

September 07, 2021
08:03 PM

The auction has been extended and will end on Thursday, September 9th, due to the seller experiencing delays returning from a trip. We are working with the seller to answer questions promptly, please feel free to call AutoHunter directly with any bidder questions or concerns at 480-845-6600.

September 07, 2021
06:43 PM

@Zeeology – After reviewing the description, photos, and video I have several questions which pertain to this auction. First and foremost, to verify the numbers matching of this engine, why aren't there two clear photos displaying this? Regarding the photos overall, its too bad the quality (resolution) of them isn't par with what we've been accustomed to viewing on other competitive auction sites. I can't view this vehicle in person and a clear representation of it would be very helpful in its evaluation. The video didn't seem to help me, it seems that there are statements being made in it which fall far from being accurate and are more of one persons interpretation of it. Now I understand that this was a restoration with an exterior respray, is there any information/photos regarding what body work may have been performed? Was the interior also resprayed in any areas? Restorations take on all types of classifications, this one doesn't seem to be on par with a "concours 99 hundred point" example as stated in the video. As for it being one of the "finest examples" I fail to see this as well and would rather focus on the facts which can be determined from the presentation within the photos. Perhaps the seller can explain the following: Why are there screws missing in the license plate light assembly and why is it not color matched to the taillight panel? Why was the pass side 1/4 window replaced with non-Nissan glass and was the drivers side window also replaced? Why is the ignition key assembly trim ring missing? Why is the steering column cover shroud not secured? Why does the glove box not close tightly against the dash? Why is an aftermarket antenna used instead of an original bullet tip type? Why are the plastic chrome dash vents not polished? Why is the speedo cable not routed correctly to the transmission? Why is the radio faceplate smooth and not textured? Does the A/C system operate? Other items which were brought to my attention which were replaced: ignition coil, battery cables, hood prop plastic clip (original metal was broken off???), zinc plated hood hinges (suppose to be color matched to paint code), emission control sticker on hood placement in wrong location, inspection cover bumpers incorrectly placed, gas pedal rubber replaced, sloppy sealant on hatch seal, vinyl on hatch towers wavy, seats mounted to wrong sides, and an array of other replaced and non-original bits of hardware/hoses/parts. Is it possible to obtain a complete photo set or list of all the parts invoices and billing for body/labor which went into this 240Z? I'm not interested in their costs, only the parts which were purchased and description of labor. With all this in mind, can us bidders get more transparency with this vehicle? Can the seller share more of its story as to what its condition represented prior to the restoration work performed? This looks to be a very nice example and for the most part care was taken to bring it to this condition, but more info is required. ...

Thank you for the detailed post. The seller is currently unable to respond due to unforeseen circumstances and will reply as soon as he is able, likely tomorrow. Your patience is appreciated.

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