SHARP 280Z, RISING IN VALUE, 2.6 I6, AUTO, DUAL SIDEDRAFT CARBS, COLLECTOR OWNED
We often get asked for advice on the best starter collectables-cars that can be purchased for not a lot of money and enjoyed with a minimum of fussing. This 1974 Datsun 260Z certainly qualifies. With a smooth-running inline-six and a cosmetic freshening, it's a handsome car that delivers a vintage driving experience that's easy to use in today's traffic. If you're looking for a fun, sporty, unusual driver that will always get people talking, it's hard to do better than this.
The paint was refinished a few years ago in the original bright color, and compared to all the silver and black Z cars you see out there, it's a classic combination that looks remarkably good on the curvaceous sheetmetal. It's very clean and there are no obvious signs of rust or previous damage, making this the ideal car for a first-time buyer who isn't looking for a project. The purity of the original Z-car's shape is undeniably attractive, and the classic long nose profile is more Jaguar E-Type than Datsun functional, and the stretched wheelbase to add a back seat doesn't hurt the look one bit. Fit and finish are quite good, and the reputation that Japanese cars earned was based largely on cars like this that were worlds better than their domestic competition and it's noticeable today. The rubber bumpers remain in good condition with no cracking or fading and there's still enough chrome on it to look dressed up but not '70s goofy.
The black vinyl interior is 100% original and remains in decent condition with plenty of life left in it. The seats show only moderate wear, with a few splits in the driver's seat, but the foam underneath remains firm and comfortable. The passenger's seat and rear seat are in excellent condition, as you'd expect, and the carpets have been protected by heavy-duty rubber mats, so they're tidy, too. All the gauges are fully functional, including the auxiliary gauges on the top center of the dash, which are a styling cue that still in use on Z-cars today. An automatic transmission, along with the larger engine and back seat, were concessions to American tastes, but it also makes the car comfortable and a first-class long-distance cruiser. For the most part, this car doesn't deviate much from the original spec, and even the original radio is still in the dash. Under the hatch, you get a good-sized trunk with nice carpets that haven't been backed by the sun.
Datsun knew that the 260Z needed to be competitive, so the 2.6 liter inline-six is a gutsy powerplant that revs smoothly and delivers impressive torque. Thanks to nicely tuned twin side-draft carburetors, it starts and idles beautifully, and pulls through the gears with a musical tenor that you'll enjoy every time you fire it up. The engine bay is tidy and clean, showing signs of conscientious maintenance throughout its life and plenty of recent parts. The big orange air cleaner gives it a purposeful look and there aren't many aftermarket upgrades, suggesting that this car has always led an easy life. The 3-speed automatic transmission slips through the gears almost telepathically, and suspension is supple yet athletic, showcasing the car's grand touring mission. It rolls on a handsome set of factory alloys wearing 205/75/14 blackwall radials that fill the fenders just right.
The same things that made the original Z-car popular when it was new makes it a fabulous collector piece today: great performance, fun handling, and reliable mechanicals. Introduce yourself to the purity of driving that comes from a well-balanced chassis and an engine that can make the most of it. Call today!
- Build Receipts
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Title Documentation
- Front Suspension
- Rear Suspension
- Leaf Spring
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Drum
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