Given that we have just reviewed the new Nissan Z Coupe, we were stunned to see a Datsun 240Z has just sold for a whopping $124,240 US dollars on the Bring a Trailer (BaT) website.
It’s one of the highest prices ever paid for a 240Z and marks BaT’s 100,000th auction listing, a milestone achieved in just nine years.
Part of the BaT brand, the 1973 Datsun 240Z is well-known to the motoring enthusiast community.
It was acquired by BaT in 2018 and has since been used for cross-country road trips, BaT alumni gatherings and rallies, as well as being displayed in the company’s San Francisco office.
Repainted in Lime Yellow, the 240Z has been modified with a Rebello Racing 2.7-litre straight-six, triple Weber carbs and a five-speed manual transmission.
Other features include a limited-slip differential, four-wheel disc brakes, lowered suspension and 16-inch Panasport wheels with new Michelins.
The car was sold new on December 8, 1972, at Datsun dealer Rodgers and Rodgers Inc. in El Centro, California, and soon after went on to live in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The BaT “Gimlet Z” comes with original purchase paperwork, service records, a matching front spoiler.
Known for spirited driving and considered a performance bargain when first introduced for 1970, the 240Z continues to gain popularity among enthusiasts and collectors.
The entire proceeds of the sale, including the five-percent buyer’s fee, will be donated to the Piston Foundation, a registered nonprofit organisation.
The donation will be used to directly fund skilled trade education for automotive students and to develop and establish vehicle restoration apprentices.
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