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1974 Datsun 260Z

Lot No.: 306

Registration: CDM 559M
Chassis Number: RLS30031590
Engine Number: L26083735
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 2565cc
Year of Manufacture: 1974
RHD/LHD: Left Hand Drive
Sold for (£): 12,938

The Datsun 260Z was the second generation of 'Z' two-seat coupés produced by Nissan in Japan from 1975 to 1978. Its dramatic looks owed a considerable amount to a 1960's styling concept drawn by Count Albrecht Goertz for Datsun, presumably at a time when they were considering ways to break into the European sports car market.

The 260Z coupé replaced the 240Z. The engine was enlarged with a longer stroke to 2.6-litres with a consequential increase in power from 150bhp to 165 bhp and the car was stiffened by the extension of the chassis rails and the addition of a rear roll bar. Much like the 240Z, the car was fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard and the car featured independent suspension all round with MacPherson struts at the front and Chapman links at the rear. Rack and pinion power steering and front disc brakes meant that the ‘Z’ cars were a thoroughly modern package indeed.

Originally delivered to the USA, this left-hand drive Datsun 260Z was sourced and imported into the UK in 2016 by its previous owner. On its arrival here, the car was subject to much recommissioning work which included a re-paint in the original striking shade of Metallic Green complemented by the original black sports upholstery. The car also features such improvements as adjustable Koni shock absorbers, polyurethane suspension bushes, and a recent fast-road clutch. Furthermore, the car benefits from a 5-speed Nissan Silvia gearbox, a fairly common and Owners Club approved modification that greatly enhances the drivability of the car, especially in modern traffic. 

The 260Z is one of the most rewarding cars to drive and a true usable classic, and this example represents fantastic value with scope for further improvements if desired.