BaT Auction: 1971 Datsun 240Z

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This 1971 Datsun 240Z was reportedly purchased new in Colorado, and moved to Arizona around 1974 with a previous owner. The car is finished in Monte Carlo Red over black, and power is from the original 2.4L inline-six backed by a 4-speed manual transmission. A repaint and engine rebuild were performed under the previous owner in 2013, and the California-based seller has owned the car for 18 months, replacing the clutch and brake hydraulic systems, installing rebuilt factory-spec  carburetors, and more. This S30 Z shows 89k miles, and is offered with removed components, spares, a set of period mag wheels, recent service receipts, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

The body was repainted in its original Monte Carlo Red (905) in 2013. The August 1971 build date is one month prior to the introduction of Series 2 revisions, and this car features vertical defroster lines and an un-vented rear hatch. Chrome bumpers show a few dents up front and cracked rubber strips.

BaT Auction: 1971 Datsun 240Z

Minilite-style 15″ alloy wheels wear new Toyo T1-R tires, which were installed in preparation for sale and are not shown in pictures. Euro-spec tail lamps were installed by the seller, and the original tail lamp assemblies, a set of clear head lamp covers, and H4 headlamps are included in the sale.

BaT Auction: 1971 Datsun 240Z

280Z reclining seats and a MOMO steering wheel were installed by the seller. The dash is cracked in several places and covered by an included cap in some photographs. The steering column cover is missing, and the removed original steering wheel is included in the sale. 89k miles are shown on the 5-place odometer, with true mileage unknown.

BaT Auction: 1971 Datsun 240Z

New black carpeting and new door seals were installed by the seller. Black vinyl upholstery shows two 1/2” tears, and the driver’s door panel has come loose in one area. The ignition switch and headlight controls were refurbished by Z Car Source. The seller notes that the wiper motor works intermittently, the Alpine cassette-radio is inoperative, and some gauge lights and lenses are in need of replacement.

BaT Auction: 1971 Datsun 240Z

The rear hatch cargo area includes a full-size spare and jack beneath the floor. The trunk floor sheet metal is shown in the gallery, along with two rust spots around the hatch edges which have been treated with POR15 during the seller’s ownership.

BaT Auction: 1971 Datsun 240Z

The numbers-matching 2.4L L24 inline-six was reportedly rebuilt to factory specification in 2013 under the previous owner, and pairs with a 4-speed manual transmission. The clutch and associated hydraulics were replaced by the seller, who also installed new shifter bushings, transmission seals, a Petronix electronic ignition, and a new starter. Refurbished factory-spec carburetors were installed with aftermarket air cleaners, along with a strut tower brace. Driveline fluids have been replaced and a tuneup performed, and the factory air cleaner is included. Results of a compression test performed under the seller reportedly showed ~170 psi with 2.5% loss across all cylinders.

BaT Auction: 1971 Datsun 240Z

A collection of lift shots show the underside. Brake lines and the master cylinder were replaced under the seller. A frame rail dent from improper jacking is noted under the passenger side. New Eibach springs and urethane steering rack bushings are included in the sale.

BaT Auction: 1971 Datsun 240Z

The engine block is stamped with #052417, which corresponds to the engine number stamped into the under hood data plate shown in the gallery. The seller states that the transmission and differential are the matching units as well.

BaT Auction: 1971 Datsun 240Z

Provided photos show the engine with the valve cover removed, and detail typical corrosion points like the battery tray and doglegs. A summary provided by the seller is included in the gallery below. Spares are said to include the following components:

  • Four period Centerline-style mag wheels with tires.
  • Factory tail lights
  • Hella H4 headlights
  • Factory steering wheel
  • Factory starter (functional)
  • Factory air cleaner
  • Unused window weather stripping
  • Suspension parts including a tension/compression rod kit, urethane steering rack bushings, and Eibach ProKit lowering springs
  • New 4 piston front brake caliper conversion kit

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