1974 Datsun 260Z


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    85 796 mi / 138 076 km
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"The Nissan S30 (sold in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z and in other markets as the Datsun 240Z, then later as the 260Z and 280Z) was the first generation of Z GT two-seat coupé, produced by Nissan Motors Ltd of Japan from 1969 to 1978. It was designed by a team led by Mr. Yoshihiko Matsuo, the head of Nissan's Sports Car Styling Studio. HLS30 was the designation of the left hand drive model and HS30 for the right hand drive model. This model was sold in the United States for the 1974 model year only but was available in other countries until 1978. A three-speed automatic transmission was an option and the four-speed manual standard. 1974 brought for the first time to the S30 line a new 2+2 seating option, which offered room for four passengers and an extra 11.9 inches of wheelbase. These cars have a notably different roofline from the two-seat coupés, incorporating larger opening quarter panel windows. The 260Z claimed a few updates and improvements over the 240Z. The climate controls were more sensibly laid out and easier to work, and those cars with air conditioning now had the system integrated into the main climate control panel. There was also additional stiffness in the chassis due to a redesign of the chassis rails which were larger and extended further back than previous models. The 260Z debuted a redesigned dashboard and console and door panels for the interior, together with updated tail lights.
Originally registered on 24th May 1974 and supplied by Bishops Garages in Brighton, this rare 2+2 Datsun benefits from having had a bare metal repaint and a full engine rebuild, with the work completed in 2016. Photographic evidence is in the history folder together with a number of substantial invoices. The engine on this Datsun is splendid, running very smoothly with no adverse noises and with good oil pressure. During the restoration the offside front wing was replaced, the rest of the bodywork appeared to be in good order, although extensive rust proofing was applied to prevent any future problems. Supplied with a V5C registration document, a current MoT test certificate valid until 8th July 2019, the original service book and the original registration plate of RCD 1M. These super stylish sports cars of the 70’s are scarce, to find a 2+2 in such good order is an opportunity not to be missed."