Last updated Jan 1, 2010
The car is a 1972 Datsun 240Z. It has been modified with a early 60s Chevrolet 327 and late model GM 5 speed. My preference has been for the early 327 simply because of my experience with 1960s Corvettes. The 2 1/2 inch dual exhaust runs back into a collector box then through to a split pipe single muffler keeping with a stock appearance. Mechanically nothing else has been done and the seats redone in the original white but the rest have all the interior panels it came with. It is a very quick car and a true sleeper on the road, the only real giveaway is the trademark small block V8 sound! The exhaust on my 70 was very mellow, this one just screams when you stand on it and then you know the car is not stock. At idle it sounds like any hipo small block Chevy of the 60s. It is 100% rust free, appears to have most of the original paint with aftermarket Enkei 14 inch x 8 inch wheels installed in 1972 by the original San Jose dealer. These are perhaps a little wide for this car and I have just swapped the front 8s out for a pair of 7s.
This is almost the perfect swap, cheap power and the fantastic looks of the early Z car. This is my second Z V8 and by far the better of the two, experience paid off understanding my priority is not looking fast but going fast and ensuring the rest of the car can handle it. The car needs the stronger R200 rear that is in the 72 and the rear vibration problem caused by the driveshaft angle was corrected on the 72s by relocating it slightly. The suspension upgrades has taken the handling to a new high. Even though this is an old car now and technology has passed it by it is easy to understand why it obsoleted all the mid range sports cars of the day. The 240Z is one of those cars that almost all ask what it is and comment on its lovely styling.
Back into the USA now, bought by a devout 911 man.
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