McSushi Buffet: 1974 Datsun 240Z V8

Nissan’s fabulous 240Z was sold in the US of A with a Datsun badge, but it offered ninja-like reflexes and a silky smooth inline-6.  For years folks joked that Japanese cars would never be collectable, and 240Z prices hovered above scrap value, so many were (for better or worse) turned into hot rods. Find this 1974 Datsun 240Z V8 offered for $8,500 in Van Nuys, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

The era of the ultra-cheap 240Z is long behind us, but prices are still reasonable if you don’t get in a bidding war for the last totally stock one with 20k miles on the odo.  This isn’t a stock example by any yardstick, but it looks seriously quick.

Under the hood is a 350 cubic inch small block V8 with a mild camshaft and 10.5:1 compression plus some other breath-right goodies.  It makes 280 horsepower at the wheels according to the seller, so there is room for improvement.

 See another 570Z for cheap?