1971 Datsun 240Z Prototype for the Vintage Z Nissan Program
This Series 1 240Z, identifiable by the vents located in the hatchback, was acquired by an enthusiast in December 1991. He had become acquainted with Pierre Z Car Center when he acquired a 1974 Datsun 260Z some years earlier, and brought the car to Perrot in January 1992 for his expert evaluation. Perrot confirmed that the 240Z was an excellent candidate for restoration, with a straight body that indicated it had been in no accidents.
During the fully documented, nut-and-bolt restoration, the car was refinished in a single-stage urethane, for an authentic factory appearance. A new interior was installed, with matching black cloth inserts in the bucket seats in place of the original vinyl for the owner’s comfort. The 240Z’s original engine had been replaced at some point with an engine from a later 280Z, but Perrot was able to supply a correct engine from his considerable inventory. The iron-block six was completely rebuilt, with new pistons, bearings and valves.
After several years of enjoying the car, the owner had the car refinished by Perrot in 2007, and had the original, discolored exhaust header replaced with one with a thermal coating developed by the aerospace industry. More recently, the engine has been fitted with an electronic distributor and upgraded fuse block from a Datsun 280Z, the SU carburetors have been cleaned, the radiator has been recored, and a reproduction rear muffler and mandrel-bent, stainless steel exhaust have been installed. The gas tank was removed for inspection, and reinstalled with new grommets and several new vent hoses. The engine produced a healthy 138.9hp at the rear wheels in a recent dynamometer test.
The car was featured in the February 1997 edition of Road & Track magazine, and its restoration was the subject of a six-page feature in Hemmings Sports & Exotic Carmagazine in December 2007.
All serious inquiries should be directed to Mark Starr at +1 (914) 217-4817.