First entering production in late 1969 as a 1970 model year vehicle, the Datsun 240Z is a thoroughly iconic car that played an instrumental role in establishing Japan’s reputation as a producer of cutting-edge sportscars. On top of their stock performance capabilities and distinctive lines, the Z range’s popularity is also owed to its tuner-friendly nature. And while modified 240, 260, and 280Zs are a dime a dozen, few are as well executed as the 1971 Datsun 240Z Racer that’s just surfaced on Bring a Trailer.
Paired with a four-speed automatic transmission and a NISMO limited-slip rear differential, the Datsun racer is powered by a fuel-injected GM LM7 Vortec 5300 5.3L V8 engine — the same Gen. 3 small block mills used in GM trucks between 1999 and 2007. The 90° four-stroke V8 has also received a Painless wiring harness, upgraded camshaft, valves, springs, and rockers, a Holley intake manifold, and a race-spec cooling system with a three-row aluminum radiator setup. Riding on bronze 17″ Rota RB wheels shod in Toyo Proxes R888 tires, the 240Z has been bestowed with flared fenders all around, a custom spoiler, lowered suspension with adjustable Techno Toy Tuning coil-over shocks, adjustable rear control arms, Apex Engineering adjustable front control arms, and camber plates, plus Wilwood brakes, and a minimalistic gray livery. The fully-gutted and race-ready cabin also gets Corbeau seats with PRP harnesses, custom door panels, a three-spoke steering wheel, a custom hand-brake, a full roll cage, an Aeromotive fire-suppression system, and digital Racepak instrumentation.
Located in Las Vegas this modified, V8-powered 1971 Datsun 240Z racer is currently being sold on Bring a Trailer’s online auction block. Bidding (as of the time of writing) has reached $35,000 with two days remaining on the sale.
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