Cars We Love: Datsun 240Z ‘Fairlady’
A Fairlady at a fair price
If we were to pick a high point in the early history of the Nissan Motor Company, it would have to be the 1969 Tokyo Motor Show, where Count Albrecht von Goertz’s (the man also responsible for designing the timeless BMW 507) rakish new coupé, the 240Z, was debuted. Save for perhaps the Toyota 2000GT, Japanese cars up to that point had been largely conservative and really rather nondescript. But the six-cylinder 240Z’s reception was frenzied, particularly in the U.S.
Owners of the 240Z (or Fairlady, as it was sold in Japan) enjoyed not only a sharp and rakish design, but also a high-revving, 2.4-litre inline six, offering plenty of power. What’s more, in America the car was priced at a very affordable $3,500.
A good opportunity
The car shown here is a 1970 Series 1 model, which will be auctioned later this month in Texas. It was restored prior to consignment, yet it’s estimated to fetch $25,000-$35,000 – not an unreasonable price to pay for an iconic 1970s coupé. We just can’t resist this fair lady.