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Just purchased this beautiful 1970 Datsun 240Z Series 1

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Hey Primers,

Some of you may or may not remember me as I've been out of the NSX game for about 3 years now, but I drove around an old '75 turbo Z for a time and had a thread about it at one time. I ended up selling it in July of last year to a nice police officer in San Antonio. :biggrin:

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Miss that car, but couldn't stand to let it sit out in rainy weather and rust down here in Corpus Christi.

This past December, I found out that I was moving to Japan this coming November, so my NSX aspirations were put on hold after I had found the most perfect 1992 Comptech supercharged black on ivory NSX up in New Hampshire (telling him I couldn't buy his car almost literally hurt...if he sees this thread). My last NSX for kicks:

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Miss that car dearly as well, more than the Z.

I've been in a sportscar void for about a year now after getting sensible and buying a decent 2002 Accord to DD back and forth to base. Thought about getting an S2000 to have fun before I left for Japan. Then people started putting this crazy idea in my head about shipping an old car to Japan, to drive and possibly sell, because the Japanese go nuts for anything they can't have, just like us (a la Skyline).

So I've been casually looking through old Datsun Z and Porsche 911 classifieds. Came close on one 911 down in Georgia, but the owner couldn't get me the info I needed (apparently older Porsches before the 1980's VINs did not have a month of manufacture stamped on the body...very important for Japan). Ended up stumbling across an ad in Ohio for a 240Z advertised as "one owner". I inquired.

What I found was probably the most perfect, original 240Z in the United States. This lady bought the car brand new in 1970 having just come off the boat. After some time, she drove the car less and less and let a good family friend take care of the car for her, the person I originally contacted. It has 59K original miles, and the rust-problem was widespread enough by this time (July 1970) that the dealer took the car to a local shop to completely rust proof the bottom as brand new, and it looks like it.

This car is so perfect, I'm starting to have trouble thinking about possibly taking it to Japan, but I know that it would probably survive better there than here. It may just need to go to a museum.

I present to you 1970 Datsun 240Z Series 1 #7356, white on blue interior.

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DAT DASH
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If you know Zs, you know this is the most important place to tell what kind of shape the chassis is in. Looks brand. spankin. new. Floorpan.
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UBER UBER RARE
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The only drawbacks I see is that the car shows some evidence of sitting. The bottom has some surface rust on the suspension components as well as some dry rotted bushings. It was just not driven all that often (maybe once a month). Doing all the fluids and replacing the bushings with urethane.
Then I'm getting in contact with a government vehicle processing center to prepare for the move to Japan. I'm going to need the amber turn signals lenses for the rear and the speedo changed to KPH, but it's gonna be well worth it.

Alot of people think shipping an old car to Japan is a PITA. It'll cost me about $1K to register it there, but I think just being able to say you drove an old Z, left hand drive 240Z at that, in Japan is priceless. It really is.

More updates to come. Thanks for reading my diatribe.
 
Amazing find! I have a buddy who is a huge Datsun Z fanatic and he would be drooling at your new ride. Congrats!
 
Congrats on a great find.

Crack free original dash is very rare. Also has the original 'hub caps'. Little bit of restoring to the suspension etc car should be worth a lot of $$$. You should get a notarized letter from the original owner telling her story. Definitely not a LS1 swap candidate car. :biggrin:

Now you need a NSX-R to match it.
 
I sported a 70 model back in the day. Carbs were easy to work on and the car was very dependable. Not sure how many had AC but mine did.
 
First car I ever owned...240z. I never did get it fixed up enough to register it. I think it was a 1970. I also had a 1972 as well.
 
Congrats!
The original Fairlady is a gorgeous car. I always want one but figure I will not have time to fix one up.
Why can't the new 370z be something sleek and refined like yours but something so bloated and gross?
Steve
 
Thanks all! She's a beaut. The Series 1 cars were very visceral.

Aero, I don't think I can drop the millions of yen it would require for an NSX-R! I would be satisfied with an NA1 MT 1990-1992. It seems you can find lots of automatic NSXs in Japan. Very few manuals.
 
Man that brings back some memories! Amazing to me that so many fellow NSXPrimers weren't even born yet - 1970.

Looks really nice. To me, too nice to export.

Anyway, dunno where you live now but keep that beauty under lock-n-key - they're really easy to steal.
 
Congratulaions,this is a great car!,in 1970 I just graduated HS and was working in a repair shop , my boss rented out one of his shops to a man whose business was importing transformer cores. He was a German electrical/mechanical engineer ,Iwill never forget the day he bought his 240 Z, he was amazed how well thought out this car was. The interior controls fit the driver,the hatch on the pass side.to get to the battery even the engine compartment light . The word ergonomics I believe was not even coined back then.
 
Your first picture of the car shows a fake air vent (like Corvette style) on the right front fender.

The remaining pictures show no such vent on the same fender.

What's the deal here?
 
Wow! I can't believe I haven't updated this thread in 3 long years. Alot has happened with the car since then.

Man that brings back some memories! Amazing to me that so many fellow NSXPrimers weren't even born yet - 1970.

Looks really nice. To me, too nice to export.

Anyway, dunno where you live now but keep that beauty under lock-n-key - they're really easy to steal.

Thanks, I thought so too, so I left it in the US with my parents because I didn't want to modify it to make it road legal for Japan.

That's crazy! It's like the Vette over here!

Yeah it really is. Auto NSXs are plentiful while the MTs are hard to find. I just purchased a 1990 MT at the beginning of last month.

Wow dude! That is a rare find. A clean 70 is like the holy Grail of Z cars.

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You're correct sir. I consider myself luckier and luckier everyday after having found the car.

Congratulaions,this is a great car!,in 1970 I just graduated HS and was working in a repair shop , my boss rented out one of his shops to a man whose business was importing transformer cores. He was a German electrical/mechanical engineer ,Iwill never forget the day he bought his 240 Z, he was amazed how well thought out this car was. The interior controls fit the driver,the hatch on the pass side.to get to the battery even the engine compartment light . The word ergonomics I believe was not even coined back then.

I know right? It really was a lot of car for 1970. It performed as well as the 911 at half the price.

Your first picture of the car shows a fake air vent (like Corvette style) on the right front fender.

The remaining pictures show no such vent on the same fender.

What's the deal here?

Umm, that's the only difference you could pick out between those two cars? :biggrin:

Yep two quite different cars haha.

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So, a ton of updates all at once. I went to go pick the car up in Ohio back in May of 2012 shortly after posting those first pics.

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Ownership!
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Got a UHaul trailer and towed it back to Wright Pat AFB for the night.

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The next day, while we were there, we decided to go to the National Museum of the US Air Force, my parents' first time visiting, my second time. Spent 4 hours there and saw probably 60% of what was there.

Then we saddled up and started the drive back to TN. Overkill?
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Back at home.
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Tooled around in it for a bit before a gunked up gas tank sent rust up through the mechanical pump to the carbs on a local drive, so that took a bit to sort out.

Before:
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After:
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That November, I left for Japan and I've been coming back about twice a year for a week at a time every year.

While being gone, my brother Jonathan had been taking it to a meet or two.
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I went back to the US for training for about 5 weeks starting later April and was close enough to drive home every weekend and mess with both 240Zs for a bit.

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Hung the Twice Pipes up a little better
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Got the two of them together
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The last weekend I was in the US in May 2015, I got the GoPro out and did a quick drive through some back roads near my home in Tennessee. Turned out pretty well. Watch in HD!


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This is pretty much my only outlet to enjoy the car since I'm 8,000 miles away from it, so I appreciate when my brother takes it out on drives, shoots a few cell pics, and sends them my way. Here's a few he took yesterday (7 Jul 2015) while near the Sunsphere at World's Fair Park in Knoxville.

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What a great car. Congrats.
 
Awesome find! I'm about 10secounds from finally getting one, being that a HAKO now cost way more than it's worth. Also feel good about not taking it to Japan, the salt would have destroyed it.
 
What a trip down memory lane! I had a '74 260Z and I loved that car. Swapped out those nasty square dome carbs for some Mikuni triple side drafts and oh what a difference. I finally sold the car at 365k miles. And the motor still pulled like a mother. Ah what fun times.... But the sheet metal was like tin foil and the rust, in Florida, well I did have to replace about every body panel on the car, at least once.
 
Thanks for sharing. The car is awesome! Hope you get back home and start driving it more.
Cheers

Thanks! I'll be back in September when the weather will be nice.

Congrats on the nice find! I love my 73 :)

Thanks! Post a pic of your '73 please.

Impressive find, that's a very nice unicorn you have there ! One of my favorite cars of all times too.

Thanks!

Awesome find! I'm about 10secounds from finally getting one, being that a HAKO now cost way more than it's worth. Also feel good about not taking it to Japan, the salt would have destroyed it.

Yeah for me it's always been the S30Z over the C10. I don't really get the craze for the hakosuka, and I don't think it'll last. I'm about 40 miles from the coast, so there's really not much salt to speak of (it's no Okinawa), but there is alot of rain and I didn't want to modify it to make it comply over here so I'm pretty satisfied with my decision.

What a trip down memory lane! I had a '74 260Z and I loved that car. Swapped out those nasty square dome carbs for some Mikuni triple side drafts and oh what a difference. I finally sold the car at 365k miles. And the motor still pulled like a mother. Ah what fun times.... But the sheet metal was like tin foil and the rust, in Florida, well I did have to replace about every body panel on the car, at least once.

You're right. Those were some terrible carbs and I'm sure the Mikuni triples were a huge plus, especially on the larger displacement L26 without all the EGR junk. I see them pop up for sale every now and then over here and have thought about doing it on the white car, but I think I'll leave them alone and just rebuild.

My first Z, a blue '76 280Z was a cancerous basketcase of a rust bucket (some members here remember), but I had a blast in it. I've come a long way from there haha.
 
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