5k: Groovy: 1971 Datsun 240Z, Ugly Duckling

Occasionally a Hollywood film comes out that is grotesque in its form, but somehow brilliant and surprisingly profitable.  Evil Dead II (1987) is a great example, a budget horror film written/directed by Sam Raimi before he hit the big time with 8 figure budgets and Toby McGuire in tights.  The movie stars a young Bruce Campbell battling the undead with a shotgun in one hand and chainsaw as his other hand…anyway, it is gruesome and awesome in one 16:9 frame and grossed almost double its production cost.  Today’s feature car is similar in its ugly duckling looks, but excellent potential if you just lower your standards and squint your eyes a bit.  Find this 1971 Datsun 240Z for sale in Hollywood, CA for $5,500 via craigslist.

The 240Z is powered by the L24, a 2.4 liter cast-iron SOHC inline-6
putting out a respectable 151 horsepower and 146 ft-lbs of torque.  The
result was decent performance in 1971, 0-60mph around 8
seconds, but more importantly the Z had excellent weight distribution
and an athletic demeanor. 

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