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Sunday 1 March 2015

1974 DATSUN 260Z 2+2 COUPE - BRIGHTWELLS 4th March

  Wednesday 4th March 2015 at noon 
Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
 Datsun 260Z 2+2 Coupe 
 1974 DATSUN 260Z 2+2 COUPE
Estimate £2,500 - £3,500
Description Datsun 260Z 2+2 Coupe
Registration RCD 1M
Year 1974
Colour Orange
Engine size 2,565 cc
Chassis No. GRS30000436
Engine No. L26-060860
Launched in 1969 as a direct competitor to the Jaguar E-Type, Triumph TR5, Alfa Spider and Healey 3000, the Datsun 240Z amazed everyone by becoming the best-selling sports car of all time, clocking up over a million sales (the vast majority in America) before it was replaced by the equally successful 260Z in 1973.
With a combination of Ferrari-esque styling, bullet proof mechanicals and a lusty straight-six engine, the car's popular appeal was cemented by a highly successful career in international rallying. Apart from its larger engine which now produced 162bhp in place of the 240’s 150bhp, the 260Z also had a stiffer chassis and improved heating/ventilation and was slightly faster at 127mph flat out.
Beautifully balanced and with fine handling from its all-round independent suspension, it had sharp 2.7 turns lock-to-lock steering and powerful front disc brakes. Also available in 2+2 format, it remained in production until 1978 when it was replaced by the much larger and heavier 280ZX.
Dating from May 1974, this orange 260Z 2+2 has had just one registered keeper since 1984, according to the V5C, and was last on the road in 1989 but has been in storage since. Reputedly in running order when laid up, it is said to be in basically sound condition with a good black vinyl interior, a manual gearbox and is said to be complete apart from some minor bits of trim. Being offered here as a restoration project, it comes with a nice single digit registration number, a well stamped service book and a set of period Wolfrace alloy wheels.

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