Used Car of the Day: 1973 Datsun 240Z

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

We've got another classic Z for you for today's Used Car of the Day. This 1973 Datsun 240Z is "mostly original" with an "unmolested" body and it commands $42,500.


Coming to us from New York state, the car has 56,000 original miles and the numbers match. The 5-speed manual is out of a 280Z. Upgrades include the coil overs and the carburetors along with the wheels -- the rest appears to be stock or close to it.

The seller says there is no rust.

Check it out here.

[Images: The seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Jan 23, 2023

    This car will sell there are a lot of Z enthusiast.

  • FormerFF FormerFF on Jan 23, 2023

    I received a used '72 Z in 1976 courtesy of my father, who didn't like my Opel Manta. I can't say I was overly impressed with it. At four years of age there was tear in the seat, the springs had sagged, the steering rack bushings were shot and it needed a clutch. It was a PITA to cold start and the throttle had an odd linkage that gave you a lot of throttle without all that much pedal movement. I would have rather kept the Opel, which had a better chassis and a nicer interior, but no power.

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  • Dana You don’t need park, you set auto hold (button on the console). Every BMW answers to ‘Hey, BMW’, but you can set your own personal wake word in iDrive. It takes less than 5 minutes to figure that that out, btw. The audio stays on which is handy for Teams meetings. Once your phone is out of range, the audio is stopped on the car. You can always press down on the audio volume wheel which will mute it, if it bothers you. I found all the controls very intuitive.
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  • Mike Bradley Advertising, movies and TV, manufacturing, and car culture have all made speeding and crashing the ultimate tests of manhood. Throw in the political craziness and you've got a perfect soup of destruction and costs.
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