Solid California Car: 1973 Datsun 240Z

This 1973 Datsun 240Z is a stunning survivor-grade car with 93,000 miles and an extensive history out of California. These early Z cars are continuing to accelerate in value, and the seller has put this one up for sale with an asking price of $33,850. With good factory options and records going back to the original owner, there’s a lot here to like. Find the Datsun here on eBay in a classifieds listing. 

This Datsun is the sort of potential I see in the four-car Datsun 240/260Z collection we’re marketing as a Barn Finds Exclusive. While those cars are certainly all projects, the potential exists given how many good parts are included on those vehicles in Georgia. This one comes with the optional rear window louvers, sport mirrors, and dealer-installed A/C.

White on red is a great color combo on most cars, and it looks great here as well. The Datsun is not completely original, with the seats and the paint having been redone in the 1980s. That wouldn’t kill my enthusiasm too much, as finding a Z as complete as this one is without a $50K asking price makes this example extra intriguing. Amazingly, there are no cracks in the very fragile dash.

The seller says this is a no-stories vehicle, which perhaps helps explain why there are few details offered on running condition. That aside, given the popularity of these cars, there’s likely no shortage of restoration shops and vintage dealers who would be willing to inspect a car like this to put any fears to rest. This example has the right vibe and features and should be a fun restoration project for its next owner.

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Comments

  1. Brian Raffetto

    Could it be one of the rebuilt units that nissian did?

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  2. Howard A Member

    I agree, a lot to like,,,except the price. It’s a sharp car, but you want to pay the inflated “California” price, go right ahead. Z cars aren’t rare, and nice ones can be had all day for half this.

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    • Tom Justice

      I am not so sure about that. If you check the prices of these cars lately they are bringing crazy money.

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  3. dirtyharry

    Not a survivor, already been restored once, even requiring new floors due to the very common rust problem these cars had, even in a dry climate. The best low-VIN “early” cars are now, in a few cases, selling for close to six figures. They will continue to climb. The median price for a very nice driver 240Z is still in the $20,000 range.

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  4. Dick Johnson

    Pretty much ten times what MSRP was back then. So are a lot of other ’60s and ’70s cars, except for our ‘67.5 1600 roadster. It’s pushing 20 times it’s original amount.

    Preachin’ to the choir… so much for “7 for a Dollar” hamburgers.

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  5. ken TILLY

    What we used to do in Africa to stop the vinyl dash from cracking, was to have a cover tailor made to the shape of the dash out of thick carpeting, usually to match the interior colouring. In those days we didn’t have double sided tape so used bubble gum !

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  6. Mr.B

    Nice example of the last of the 240’s, but the asking price is a bit steep.

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  7. Wrong Way Member

    For that price I would expect to find gold bars in the trunk!

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