1971 Datsun 240Z Is A Mostly Original First-Gen Import

Sep 3, 2019 2 min read
1971 Datsun 240Z Is A Mostly Original First-Gen Import

It’s looking for a new owner to give it the proper TLC.

If you’ve been in search of a fun import car to pour some TLC into, then look no further. The 1971 Datsun 240Z you see here is up for consignment through Classic Auto Mall for $17,900; you can also make an offer on the car here. This example has some minor patina, but boasts great drivability for a first-generation 240Z. There is a lot you can do with the car, so the possibilities are ultimately endless. It’s the type of car you want to hop in and go out and enjoy.

This ’71 Datsun has consistent gaps with some rust areas that are small and contained. The badging is all original, as is most of the car. Since it’s a 1971 model, all of the crash bumpers and emissions have yet to hit the car market, so this vehicle benefits from that with nice, simple chrome bumpers and great body lines. This red classic rides on 14-inch Mag-style wheels on all four corners.

Open those doors and you’ll find a stock interior that will appeal to several enthusiasts. The cabin features cloth inserts and vinyl bolsters that are all in black and bucket form. The dashboard and steering wheel are all original with inset gauges in the center. An aftermarket AM/FM/cassette player replaces the original radio so you can still play all of your favorite tunes. What’s more, the rear cargo area is covered in nice black carpeting, the headliner is tight, and the door panels are in good shape.

Powering this Japanese sports car is an original, unrestored 2.4-liter inline six-cylinder engine mated to a four-speed manual transmission. It also has dual Hitachi HJG 46 W 44mm SU-type carburetors on the side and a 3.36 Posi rear end. The undercarriage is in fair condition and none of the rust is seen as invasive. This car may need some TLC, but it is mechanically sound. This is a great early example of the beginnings of the so-called “Japanese Invasion” movement. If you aren’t afraid of some attractive patina on a really cool sports car, then call today. You’ll be glad you did, especially when you see all those heads turning to look at you pass by.

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