Name: 1973 Datsun 240Z Coupe
Year Produced: 1970-1973
Number Built: More than 40,000
Class: Sports Car
Body Type: 2-door hatchback coupe
Engine: 2.4 L (2393 cc/146 in³) I6
Power: 151 hp @ 5600 RPM
0-60mph: 7.8 seconds
Top Speed: 122 mph
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Length/width/height: 162.8 in/64.2 in/50.6 in
Wheelbase: 90.7 in.
Price: US$34,500 (Hemmings)
Discovering a barn find just the way you want it is like uncovering a long-lost treasure. Freddy Hernandez of jalopnik.com shares us his gem of a find with this 1973 Datsun 2407 coupe. Designed in-house by Yoshihiko Matsuo at the Nissan sports car design studio, the 240z was the perfection of a product that had yet to be built to such exacting standards.
This Datsun was built similar to European sports coupes. In fact, much of it was very similar to the Jaguar E-type series. At the time, Japanese manufacturers were struggling to make a name for themselves in markets abroad, and the only way to do so is to make sure that their cars are set apart from the rest. It seems to have worked well with this Datsun. The Datsun 240Z’s 151hp comes from its 2.4-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with a four speed manual gearbox with two side draft SU carburettors. It may not be the fastest machine in the world, but a very decent one by our present day standards.
However, what’s probably most important with this treasure is that at the starting price of a few thousand bucks, it may just get someone’s attention to be his next awesome barn find project.
Hernandez gives his first impressions of this Datsun. “The car’s Arizona roots lead it to be one of the most rust-free non-runners that you can get, with only some surface rust and minor metal work to be done. The previous owner had the car painted white with the original green color shown in the engine bay and underneath the carpets. Although it may seem a bit dusty, it looks solid for a car of its age and condition.”
Other than the usual fare of changing oils and fluids and cleaning and replacing wear and tear parts, there’s nothing much needed to be done to make this car flaunt itself again. But if he will have it his way, Hernandez would like to put in a newer RB25DET engine to “keep up with the Nissan inline-six theme and get this super-light car up to a power level that would embarrass a Ferrari on a track.”