The Datsun 240Z has always been one of my personal favorite cars. When launched in 1969, they were a cheap alternative to American Muscle Cars and looked similar to the Jaguar E-Type. What wasn’t to like? It was small, rear-wheel drive and had decent power from a 2.4L straight 6 rated at 150-160hp depending on who you talk to.
Pete Brock put the car on the map in 1970 when Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) built and raced a car to a championship in SCCA. That car is arguable one of the most recognizable race cars from that era and is also the most replicated 240Z ever.
Today, it is rare to find a 240Z in original condition. The reason for this is because are extremely easy and popular to modify. A common upgrade is a motor swap to a 2.0 turbo 4 or the Skyline twin-turbo inline-6 from the R32, R33, and R34 variants. To do that in the U.S. you must first find a motor in Japan and have it imported. As with anything, importing isn’t cheap. There are all kinds of import fees and taxes. Other common upgrades are updated suspension and bigger brakes.
The car seen above has been tastefully modified. It maintains the stock look but has flared fenders, lowering springs, Willwood brakes, and 18 inch wheels. The crown jewel is the motor. To avoid importing fees, this car has a modern 3.5L V6 from a 350Z shoehorned under the hood. The result is a rather fast car which absolutely screamed at the track!
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