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1970 Datsun 240Z

Asian, Classics  /   /  By Tony Piff

Of all the vintage sports coupes to choose from, the first-gen Datsun Z car is, in my opinion, the one to have. You can see how Nissan designers took simultaneous inspiration from sexy European curves and American “pony car” muscle, creating something uniquely Japanese—best realized in the small-bumper 240Z of 1970-73. In addition to looks, you also got handling, horsepower and, most thrilling of all, reliability.

Porsche 911 and BMW 2002 prices went through the roof in recent years and won’t be coming down. I predict the same fate for the 240Z. Today’s collectors in search of that raw, hard-cornering, vintage driving experience are paying up for well maintained, rust-free examples, and prices are creeping up. If you like these cars, buy the best one you can find right now.

This 1970 240Z was restored four years ago and features a handful of tasteful modifications, like aftermarket front air dam, plexi headlight covers and gloss black hood and matching black bumper. The original 2.4 has been swapped for a 2.6 with three side-draft carburetors. This thing is going to haul.

See the listing here: 1970 Datsun 240Z

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