• Mar 28, 2011
eBay Find of the Day: 1972 Datsun 240Z resto-mod – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Datsun 240Z is a pantheon vehicle. By that we mean it belongs on many a car enthusiasts' all-time great vehicle lists. If you're in the market, there are plenty of options on eBay that will help you put one in your driveway. One Datsun in particular has caught our eye due to the quality of its execution. How much would it cost to own the beautiful S30 shown above? If you wanted to Buy It Now, you'd better have $85,000 burning a hole in your pocket.

That's right, we said $85,000, and that figure is reduced from an ambitious previous asking price of $125,000. What could cause someone to think their Z is worth that much? A complete frame-off restoration and a parts list that makes us think the owner is capable of Inception, since it reads like something from our modified car dreams.

Under the hood sits a SR20DET, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine taken from a 2002 Nissan Silvia. The suspension and brakes have been upgraded with Arizona Z car and Wilwood components. Basically, anything that could've been upgraded has been taken care of.

Still, you'd be hard-pressed to find a 240Z buyer looking to plunk down that many Benjamins for a car. There's no doubt that leading Japanese classics are climbing in price, and this car might be snatched up quickly at half the asking price. Head over to eBay Motors for the full listing. Thanks for the tip, Sid!



[Source: eBay Motors]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      It needs more classic looking wheels, like Watanabes or something, and a straight six, maybe from an old M3.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I won't buy it, but it will make nice desktop wallpaper.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good looking car, but it needs a 6 cylinder. And, seriously, 85K and you can't even throw on a center cap on that rear wheel?
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Pantheon" vehicle? One of the foulest handling cars ever made. Fully equipped with terminal oversteer. I had more than one friend killed in one of these things.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do want
      • 3 Years Ago
      Makes my insides all tickley...
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      Overpriced.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This? or a GT-R? If I had $85k, I'm going GT-R.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think $85K is a ridiculous amount of money for any Z, but I'd take this one over a GT-R in a heartbeat. It's perfectly done and it weighs in on the right side of 2,500 pounds. It may not be as fast as Godzilla in a straight line, but I'll bet that it's a thousand times more fun in the corners.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I haven't been much of a fan of Japanese cars since around the time of drinking age, but this car is absolutely incredible. Unbelievable construction, and gorgeously done.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think you could duplicate this car for less than $85k, if you can do some of the work yourself. That said I'm guessing someone will plunk down the cash. If it where me, I would buy a new GT-R, I'd finance the remaining 10K.
        • 3 Years Ago
        There are a lot of things one could do if labor & tooling were free.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The styling of the original 240Z is just about perfect in every way, from every angle. I'm really sorry this particular one doesn't have the inline 6 engine, such an integral part of the original driving experience, why the car was such a hit when it came to market. There's a Forest Green one in town that's perfect and from the sound of it, has the correct engine in it. I'm glad they're getting the respect they deserve, but even if I had the money I'd have to pass on this one.
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