1973 Datsun 240Z S30


(from Tomasz Boguslawski)  It's a 4th series Datsun 240Z S30, model year 1973, built in 1972. It is belived to be the most satisfying driver's Datsun as it had some improvements over the previous series but was still a truly sports car (unlike the later produced 260 and 280 Zs). This particular car is not quite in it's original shape. It's built to still be a classic, era correct car but adopted to fast and performance driving. Also I wanted to maintain the vintage feel and look. Therefore the engine is still the l series but the original head has been paired with a 2.8 liter block and round top Hitachu SU carburetors. The engine was fully rebuilt this year, just like the body along with paint and interior. The paint is Honda Spectrum white Pearl. Datsun's body has been widened using so called ZG flares to accommodate wider 15" HRE 501 mesh alloy wheels (8" in the front, 9.5" in the rear). Brakes were also changed for a 4 piston front callipers, steel brake lines, but I kept the ventilated drums in the rear. Suspension is now fully adjustable (stiffness, height, camber) thanks to Tokico struts, Ground Control coils, urethane bushings and camber adjustment pulleys. Also the whole underbody was sprayed black and the whole floor has been replaced with new panels. All the suspension arms, mounting brackets and other components were powder coated black or gold. Fuel tank was powder coated gloss black. Gold theme goes along with powder coated wheel rotors and roll bar.

Interior was equipped with Nardi Torino classic steering wheel, gear knob and hand brake lever, pedals are Sparco Reflex and the seats are OMP Brands Hatch on custom brackets (as far as I know it's the only 240Z with those seats fitted). The whole interior upholstery was restored and some parts like carpets and roof liner were replaced for new ones.

There are a lot of other small modifications like "FairladyZ" emblems from the Japanese 240Z, H4 conversion headlights with clear covers, clear lower front indicators and marker lights, BRE duck tail and Xenon front air dam. Also the bumpers had their holes smoothed and the rear bumper is now a one piece unit as it was welded together and smoothed. All the emblem holes were filled along with a radio antenna hole. Very tiny and nearly impossible to see touches that change the overall look of the car dramatically.

I had to sacrifice my beloved Honda S2000 (there's a quite dramatic story behind it but oh well) to buy and create this car but am happy with the outcome and it now really is a joy machine and a true classic looking sports car that is absolutely timeless.

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