This fully restored 1971 Datsun 240Z just sold for over $100k
And it's easy to see why (and why not)
Over the last few years, we've seen a mad price increases in the classic car universe. Some of us assumed the pandemic would somehow change that but it probably didn't because collectors continue to pay exorbitant amounts to get vintage cars. This spotless (and beautiful) 1971 Datsun 240Z, for example, was just sold for $111,000.
The 240Z you see here was originally shipped to Los Angeles in the 1970s before being sold to its second owner in the early 1980s. It sat in a garage, hardly ever used, until 2002 when the owner passed away and the car was acquired by Malamut Auto Museum in Thousand Oaks, California where it remained until 2017, when the person who's just sold the car through BaT bought it.
The car is painted in Monte Carlo Red with white stripes and matching decals, and it sits on its original 14-inch steel wheels wrapped in Vredestein Sprint Classic tires. Inside, you'll find factory black vinyl upholstery with textured seats, Datsun-branded floor mats, dedicated sills, a Hitachi AM radio, wood steering wheel and shift knob and it's got air conditioning, too.
The 2.4-liter inline-six engine that powers it was capable of 150 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque when it was but it probably lost a few horses over the last forty years. Other than that, the car is in excellent condition and it was comprehensively restored before the sale . It's done 31,000 miles, which means it has been used but not abused.
Whichever way you cut it, 100 grand is a lot of cash for what's essentially a 40-year-old Datsun but, as ever, any car is worth whatever its future owner is willing to pay for it.