It’s hard to deny that the 240Z is a Japanese icon. Sold in Japan as the Fairlady Z, the sports car competed with those from Europe and adopted a design which remains as good looking today as it did when the car was first introduced in 1969. It’s clearly a very desirable car among collectors and the sale price of this one really is something to behold.
This particular 240Z is a 1970 example and was restored in the early 1990s where it received a respray in the original factory orange paint. It went on to be displayed at the Whitney Museum of Modern Art in New York, and in 1998, was featured during the induction of former Nissan USA president Yutaka Katayama into the Automotive Hall of Fame. What’s more, the car was also used as the basis of a Franklin Mint scale model with the same chassis number.
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The interior appears to be in superb condition, too, despite its age. There is black vinyl across the seats and diamond-quilted side panel covers, a wood-rimmed steering wheel and a wooden shift lever, while a look at the odometer reveals it has 33,000 miles (53,108 km) under its belt.
Power comes from a 2.4-liter inline-six with 151 hp at 5600 rpm and 146 lb-ft (197 Nm) of torque. What’s particularly impressive about the car is how clean the engine bay and the vehicle’s underbody looks.
A quick look through the classifieds reveals that some 240Zs can be purchased for under $20,000, although these are nowhere near that mint condition. Is this one worth so much more? We’ll let you be the judge of that.