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1971 A Dazzling Datsun 240Z With An Incredible 56,622 Miles SOLD
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A dazzling Datsun 240Z with an incredible 56,622 miles and two owners from new.
Steel unit body, safety glass, front and rear air spoilers, fully instrumented padded dash, 160mph speedometer, 8000rpm tachometer, fuel gauge, water temperature gauge, oil pressure gauge, ammeter, 3-speed heater/defroster, heated window, electric aerial, push-button self-seeking radio, cigar lighter. Dealer fit: Frigitte air-conditioning.
Astonishingly this sleek Datsun 240Z has never been restored and wears its factory Monte Carlo Red paint, (Code 905), with pride. The graceful distinctive lines still look contemporary today and draw admiration from onlookers. Minor marks and chips to the 47 year old body pale into insignificance when desirable originality is discovered. A deep shine to the paintwork from continual garage storage and amazing chrome work and bright trim will enable immediate enjoyment on the show circuit. Close scrutiny will even reveal factory spot welds to the wheel arches and sills along with small compressions to the wing tops from elbows during servicing. Purists will be thrilled to see an exposed underside in body colour with 56,000 miles of use but no corrosion or underseal. The glass still has the Nissan vehicle emission sticker attached. Remarkable in all respects.
Contoured adjustable high-back bucket seats with built-in headrests and ventilation buttons are finished in Black vinyl and remain in perfect condition. Black carpeting has been protected by genuine Datsun rubber floor mats and incredibly all the diamond patterned trim to the foot wells, transmission tunnel and boot area is undamaged. The sports wood-effect steering wheel has discoloured with age and all instrumentation including the Jeco electric clock, self-seeking push-button radio and electric aerial function. The glove box still has the vehicle data sticker and key no sticker. The stainless steel Datsun sill covers to both sides and vehicle identification plate to the door shut remains attached. The large boot area is factory original even retaining the plywood spare wheel cover, luggage straps and toolkit all in pristine condition. Utterly fabulous.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The in-line 6-cylinder 2393cc engine with twin Hitachi carburettors produces 150bhp at 5600rpm which propels the car effortlessly to 60mph in 9 seconds and a top speed of 125mph. Stunning originality from the unpainted orange air box with factory stickers to the Paint Code sticker on the front cross member are amazing testaments to the unmolested character of this rare survivor. A light and easy to use 4-speed gearbox with perfect ratios and near 50/50 weight distribution enhances the experience.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Distinctive and attractive wheel trims proudly displaying the ‘D’ emblem are virtually unmarked and again have escaped the popular alloy wheel replacement. All four wheels are shod in matching Michelin Harmony 195/70 R14 tyres. Incredibly the spare wheel still wears the factory supplied white-wall Pirelli Cinturato CN75! Fail-safe stopping power with a dual hydraulic braking system and power front disc brakes and Al-Fin drums at the rear for positive braking in any weather.
This thrilling Z-Car is a remarkable survivor with a verified ownership record of just two individuals. Purchased on the 16th June 1971 by Richard E Friese, an Air Force pilot then stationed at Robins Air Force Base Georgia who remained the custodian for 43 years! The Certificate of Title present in the history file along with a personal letter to the only other owner and UK resident, Mr Christopher Roberts, confirms the transfer of this special car took place in July 2014. Mr Friese writes an account of how he managed to acquire the car and jump the long waiting lists by having a lunch appointment with the owner of the Datsun Dealer in Cochran Georgia and bringing along a cold six pack of beer! Mr Friese gives a fascinating account of how the 240-Z was only a second car covering low miles while he was based at various locations including RAF Brize Norton when he was a Navigator/Bombardier in Strategic Air Command. At the age of 80 the decision was made to sell the car. The second owner wanted the very best, lowest mileage unrestored example money could buy and was delighted to acquire this prime example. Magazine featured on two separate occasions and now available to a lucky third custodian wanting the pure unadulterated Datsun experience.
MOT August 2018, HPI Clear.
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