Classic Car Addict is excited to present this numbers matching 1971 Datsun 240Z Series 1 for sale in our Mesa, AZ showroom. For those of you in the know, 240Z's in this condition are very difficult, if not impossible to come by…...especially with low mileage and no rust. A lot of the success that the Datsun 240Z achieved can be laid at the doorstep of Prince Motors, and its creator, Dr. Sakuri. But the vision of Japanese performance in the US came via Yutaka Katayama, known at Nissan/Datsun USA as Mr. K, who had to fight for what he believed in, in more ways than one, before he could finally get the Datsun 240Z in the US and turn it into an absolute success. The 240Z came with a 2.4-liter inline 6-cylinder making 151 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque. Power ran to the rear wheels through a 4-speed manual transmission. That may not seem like a lot of power, but bear in mind that the 240Z only weighed 2,238 pounds and that gave the car a decent power-to-weight ratio. Power doesn’t come on suddenly as it does in modern cars, it builds from the low revs to the high in a linear fashion. The clutch is easy to operate, with a bit more weight but also with an easily found catch point that is precise and repeatable. The cabin features bucket seats trimmed in black vinyl (re-upholstered with original seat covers) along with a matching dashboard, door panels, and carpets. Features include diamond-quilted transmission tunnel upholstery, a heater, shift knob, rear cargo straps, and a push-button AM/FM radio (missing one knob). The three-spoke steering wheel frames a 160-mph speedometer and an 8k-rpm tachometer, while auxiliary gauges are housed above the center stack. The five-digit odometer shows 15,922 miles. The exterior is in great condition especially considering the car is almost 50 years old. It retains all the original sheet metal and had a recent respray, which was done in Gold Poly. All of the exterior trim, rubber seals, drivers mirror, door handles, headlights, front bumper, taillights, rear bumper and emblems are also in excellent original condition. The car sits on the period correct wheels and rims. These were the wheels and tires that were used on the car for many years. The engine bay is inhabited by an inline-six mill, numbers matching. The 2.4-liter engine is internal-combustion marriage material—torquey and wonderful-sounding, as you’d expect of six tiny cylinders in a row. It’s also indestructible. And for anybody accustomed to an old Moss gearbox in a British car, the Datsun transmission is fantastic—it works flawlessly and doesn’t sound like its ingesting parts. The Z handles predictably and is eminently toss able, provided it’s riding on anything close to the original, skinny, 14-inch tires. A 240Z doesn’t necessarily excel at any one thing, dynamically, but it does everything well. The Datsun 240Z is continuing its runaway success even as a classic, making Mr. K one very proud parent! The sale comes complete with a clean Arizona title. And the fact that it's a sleek low-mileage coupe with such originality proves it's all-around irresistible. Call Classic Car Addict today, 480-256-1459. Be sure to check out our website for 100+HD photos and our YouTube page to see full walkaround and driving videos. You can also catch us on FB and Instagram with daily updates!
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