Is This 240Z Worth $23k For Rising Sun Rear-Drive Bliss?

If you wanted to spend about 25k a "lightweight" rear-drive coupe there is the popular choice of the Toyobaru twins, but that is the safe bet. Or you could get the original Japanese sports car such as this 240z in "excellent condition."


Many of us fantasize about a weekend car for cruising, canyon carving, or attacking our local race track. A car that throws practicality aside for pure driving enjoyment. Therefore, Car Buying has scoured the internet to find a ride for your perfect Sunday Drive!

At first glance a 23k pricetag for a 1972 Datsun is a little steep, but keep in mind that the Z car was meant to be the Jaguar sports coupe that would spend more time on the road than in the shop. This particular Z comes with a slew of upgrades, here is what you will get in addition to that classic blue paint and retro wheels:

Rebello built 3.0 liter (235whp/217wtq) (rebuilt less than 3000 miles ago)

Triple Mikuni 44 carbs

Koyo race radiator

280ZX 5spd transmission

Full ZCG exhaust system

ZCG carb heat shield

JWT clutch/flywheel


Ground Control coil-overs front and rear

Techno Toys LCAs

16×8 Panasport wheels

Front and rear strut bars

Front and rear spoilers

Four point race belts on passenger and driver bucket seats

Z Car Garage HID headlight upgrade


And now the bad news:

What needs work:

-Clearcoat/paint on the roof will need to be touched up.

-Brakes are starting to glaze. They still stop great, but at low speed/low

pedal pressure they'll squeal

-Going to need new tires if you plan on serious tracking/canyon carving


That should buff right out.

So a BRZ/FRS is new, has a warranty and a much nicer interior, but it is a bit "underpowered" and every college kid drift-king wannabe has one. If you really want that "classic" Japanese sports car feel, you should actually buy a classic Japanese sports car. You will get much more respect at your local Cars and Coffee and it might even be a good investment if the Japanese collector market becomes the next big thing.


(Have a tip for Sunday Drive, drop me a line on Twitter @AutomatchTom or and don't forget to include your Kinja handle.)

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