Always Garaged: 1973 Datsun 240Z

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Datsun’s first-generation Z-car is an incredibly popular vehicle among collectors, especially the 240Z model, which was the first of the Z cars sold. It should come as no surprise that the seller of this 1973 Datsun 240Z that is available here on eBay is in the process of thinning out the collection that this sports car was part of, and it is a clean example from the final year the 240Z was sold.

This Datsun is available in Riverside, California with a clean title. The seller is a broker for the current owner, who has owned the vehicle since 2010, and other vehicles from the current owner’s collection are going up for sale soon. During the current owner’s tenure, they only added 600 miles to the vehicle and like its previous owners, it was always stored in a garage and well maintained.

Fifteen years ago, this Z received an exterior paint respray in its original Orange color. Additionally, both the front and rear bumpers were re-chromed, and the windshield and window gaskets were replaced. There’s also plenty of new brake and suspension parts that help this Z maintain its prowess as a sports car, such as brake hoses, brake pads, drums, brake cylinders, and rebuilt brake proportion valves, as well as new suspension bushings, tie rods, and stabilizer bar bushings.

Inside the cabin, the current owner reupholstered the front seats and also replaced both the door panels and carpeting.

The advertisement states that this Z has the L28 engine from the later 280Z model, which is a 2.8-liter inline 6-cylinder unit as opposed to the 2.4-liter inline-six that it left the factory with. The engine pairs to a 5-speed manual transmission, and the 5-digit odometer shows 57,511 miles. This example “starts as soon as you touch the key,” and it also runs and drives without any issues.

Bidding for this sports car has just begun, as the highest bid is only $1,125, but the Buy it Now price is $22,500. Would you also treat this Z as a collection piece, or would you add some more miles to it?

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  1. T

    Numbers don’t match? I’ll pass.

    Like 4
    • Mr.BZ

      Numbers don’t match? I’d drive and enjoy the hell out of it!

      Like 14
    • Alan Dempsey

      Just re-stamp the motor, stupid!

      Like 1
  2. 370zpp 370zppMember

    Beautiful Z.

    Like 3
  3. Steve R

    This is a really good looking car. If it’s a nice as the pictures suggest it could make a great driver at a reasonable price, compared to most of the 240Z’s featured on this site. The 2.8 engine isn’t a big deal if the new buyer plans on driving the car often.

    Steve R

    Like 5
  4. Classic Steel

    These bring high dollars original 👀

    The pricing is a high for mod Z.

    Ironic on low mike replacement engine and transmission

    It is nice to-look at 👀

    Be safe folks and wear a mask to respect others as were riding high again sadly on spread.

    Like 2
  5. TimM

    Clean interior, good looking motor compartment, larger motor, and a good repaint!! Numbers don’t match, so what this looks like a great drivable car!!

    Like 4
  6. Bob Mck

    Love it! Would like to drive her home.

    Like 2
  7. JMB#7

    I think they did “drivers” a favor by swapping the motor. Keep the price reasonable, and maybe some extra torque.

    Like 2
  8. Joe

    I had a 260z in high first car.
    I loved that car.

    Like 1

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