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by Matt Brogan

As CarAdvice’s own Alborz Fallah is in NZ with Nissan’s latest ‘Z’ car, the 370Z Roadster, Shannons has today announced that one of Nissan’s original Z’s will go under the auctioneers hammer next fortnight.

The gold-coloured, 1970 Datsun 240Z coupe is being offered with no reserve, and as one of the most sought after classic Japanese cars ever made, the sporting icon is expected to sell in the $15,000 – $20,000 range.

The car was one if the first examples of its kind to go one sale in Australia in March 1970 and featured Datsun’s combination of Ferrari GTO-inspired styling, great handling and smooth power delivery from a powerful 2.4-litre overhead cam six-cylinder engine – not to mention its incredibly low price.

Delivered new through Fred Armfield Motors in inner-Melbourne’s Footscray, the Datsun 240Z being auctioned is believed to be one of the most factory-correct examples available in Australia.

Despite its 40 year age, the Z still retains important original items such as factory seatbelts, AM radio, its set of very rare ‘D’ hubcaps and the luggage hold down straps.

The car’s Goodyear Supersteel tyres are straight out of the late 70s, while the engine retains its original air cleaner. The car’s Owners’ Manual, Factory Warranty Certificate and Service Booklet are included in the sale.

Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction will be held on March 15th.




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