A 1972 Datsun 240Z has sold at a UK auction for £43,000 ($57,340) – not bad when you consider the modifications that have been done to it.
When the 240Z originally left the factory it came with a 2.4-liter straight-six that was good for 151 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque and was mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The owner of this 240Z was on the hunt for much more power than that, though, and decided to fit the Japanese iconic with the 350 hp, RB26 twin-turbo six-cylinder of a Skyline R33 GT-R.
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This engine features a Nismo oil pump, Nismo waterpump, Tomi fuel pressure valve, high-performance plug coils, Apexi FC power controller, and a bespoke air recirculation system. Coupled to it is a five-speed manual from a Skyline GTST that includes a modified propshaft and a new limited-slip differential.
Other mechanical modifications made to the car consist of Tokico Illumina adjustable dual gas dampers at all four corners, uprated front and rear anti-roll bars, Tecno Toys control arms and enlarged brakes.
Interestingly, it is not the powertrain that is the most significant upgrade as the car has also been converted to right-hand drive. The listing from The Market reveals that two donor cars were purchased to make this possible, including a right-hand drive model for the bulkhead and its ancillaries and a rust-free original left-hand drive model.
Pre-auction estimates suggested the car would sell for between £50,000 ($66,486) and £60,000 ($79,783). Given that it sold for less than that, it’s possible that prospective buyers weren’t too fond of the mods made.