Nearly five decades after it first appeared in the U.S., the Datsun 240Z still looks fantastic. But if you want your 240Z to be anywhere near as quick as it looks, you need to do something about the engine because 151 hp isn’t all that much these days. One possible solution? Do an LS swap.
This particular LS-swapped 240Z is being sold at this year’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, and while it’s always risky to buy someone else’s project, this one looks incredibly well done. The engine is said to make more than 400 hp, and paired with a Tremec six-speed manual, it promises to be a blast to drive. It might not be supercar-quick, but compared to a stock 240Z, we have a feeling it accelerates like a rocket.
Starting with what’s said to be a rust-free California car with good panel gaps, the owner added Cobra mirrors, halogen smoked headlights, and 16-inch Pana Sport Racing wheels. It also comes with all sorts of carbon-fiber dipped parts such as its bumpers, front and rear spoilers, and door handles. Inside, the custom interior gets a Momo Competition steering wheel, Recaro seats, a Hurst shift knob, Vintage Air cooling and heating, a custom sound system, a roll bar, and a rear strut tower bar. For better handling, this 240Z gets MSA camber plates and coilovers, Eibach springs, Suspension Techniques front and rear sway bars, and Modern Motorsports Extreme disc brakes.
This car certainly won’t be for everyone, and thanks to the amount of work that went into building it, it probably won’t be cheap. But it looks awesome, almost definitely sounds better than it did before, and certainly stands out. If that sounds like a car you’d be interested in owning, you won’t have to wait long to start bidding. The Scottsdale auction kicks off on January 12 and runs through the 20th.