1975 Datsun 260Z 2+2 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Z cars are getting on in price, but this is still the most affordable model

The 60s saw the birth of one of Datsun’s most-desirable cars to date; the Datsun 240z.

With a swoopy E-Type-inspired silhouette, grunty inline-six with twin side-draft carbies, five-speed gearbox, independent rear and a versatile and convenient rear hatch; the car was, and still is one of the most desired cars from the Nissan/Datsun marque.

These cars have long been cult favourites for those in the know, but have recently been gaining steam in more mainstream collector circles as more people begin to realise their merit.

The 240Z’s younger sibling, the historically passed-over 260Z, arrived on our fair shores in 1974.

A tough time for new cars, a time when the automotive world’s greatest fears were fuel crisis’ and US Safety Rules. Despite increased inflation and compliance costs in Australia, the 260Z held strong, and was a commercial success – with more than 650,000 sold by 1977.

The 260Z gained an extra 7.5kW, lower gearing, wider and better tyres, and redesigned seats.

Also new for the 260Z was the 2+2 body. A more notchy rear section alleviating some much needed rear headroom over the swoopy coupe body.

In years past as these cars have become more collectible, the 2+2 has long been the less-preferred body – but as early Z cars continue to appreciate – these less-desirables may increasingly be seen as value propositions.

Especially when they’re in this sort of condition!

On offer via the Gosford Classic Car Museum, this 1975 Datsun 260Z 2+2 is likely one of the best-kept examples we’ve ever seen.

With a 2.6lt straight six and a three-speed auto, the car presents immaculately.

Gosford cite a top-end engine rebuild in 2011 and a respray in factory metallic green. The interior is all black leather and vinyl, though the seats are showing signs of wear, with a visible tear in the passenger seat. A reupholster would elevate the car to another level.

The car bears just 89,473kms and would be well-suited to anyone after a Japanese classic cruiser.

The car is listed for $29,000, you can check out the full listing here!

 

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