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Old 04-03-2017, 04:17 AM
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Original 240Zeds still found in Paradise

Yes, actually found in Paradise, California.

I had been talking to an older lady for a month over the phone about a 1973 240Z she wanted to sell. Her mother had passed last year and she was the original. Her mother loved the car and would never let anyone else drive the car including the daughter.

In 1998, the car was garaged for the final time and left to admire from afar as her mom no longer had the ability to drive it.

I asked the usual questions about accidents, rust, re-paints, and cracked dashes. The daughter told me that the car was always garaged and her mom took excellent care. No accidents, no rust, no dash cracks, and original paint. She said that nothing had been changed on the car since it was purchased in Los Gatos California by her mom. In fact, she told me that the car had 65,000 original miles. I asked about documentation in the form of paperwork from repair shops and the dealer to confirm the mileage, she said that she had loads.

The daughter said that she took the car to a repair shop in her town after her mom died to get the car back to road worthy condition. She told me that we could meet at the mechanics shop and he could show me the car and tell me all about it.

Fast forward several weeks and another call from the frantic owner. The mechanic and his wife were going through a nasty divorce and the shop was closed down with the wife taking over the property. Many calls to the shop ended with a agreement from the wife's attorney that the car would be available to remove at the end of the month. The work on the car was left hastily in the middle of the job so it was not running and not drivable.

I met with the daughter and found the car in the parking lot of the mechanics shop. The rear end was apart and sitting on the rear wheels. The boot had several parts inside that needed to be re-installed but after closer inspection, everything seemed to be there.

The car was everything the current owner said it was and included all of the paperwork back to the original dealer sales contract. All of the repair orders had mileage documented so I was confident the 65,000 miles were correct.

After an hour and with the help of a wrecker, I had the car sitting on my trailer and tied down for the long drive home.

Amazed at the condition and the factory everything still on the car. Take a look at the pics.

Clean up next week and installation of all the parts needed to get this girl back on the road.

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Old 04-03-2017, 05:12 AM
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I didn't know that flat top carbs were fitted to 240's
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Old 04-03-2017, 06:06 AM
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Yes, 1973 240's and 1974 260's in the states.

Emissions requirements I've heard.
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Old 04-03-2017, 06:55 AM
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Interior looks great, car looks great, wonder if the daughter can find the original rims and caps at her mothers.. regardless looks a great find.
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:21 AM
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A lot of US cars came dealer equipped with the slot mags.

The cars exactly the same spec as mine! Minus the side trims thankfully for me!

Lovely find!
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:55 AM
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What a great story and fabulous Z

Looking forward to seeing it ready for the road, glorious
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Old 04-03-2017, 09:13 AM
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Lovely find.

Door cards in great condition but what a colour - with black handles too.
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Old 04-03-2017, 09:31 AM
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It's amazing cars as good as this keep cropping up!
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Old 04-03-2017, 09:38 AM
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Just look at that door fit, mine are like that.

It's because nobody has 'messed' with it, the perfect 'find'.
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Old 04-03-2017, 10:42 AM
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Looks superb. I like the brown 73 cars for some reason - very period colour combo!
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Old 04-03-2017, 02:17 PM
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Its pretty rare these days to find an original car in that condition, the inside looks almost untouched, plus only one owner!

Great find
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:36 PM
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Very nice car.
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'72 240z LHD Black. Sold.
'73 240z LHD Green. Sold.
'73 240z LHD White. Sold - Future race car.
'73 240z LHD Blue. Sold.
'73 260z LHD Orange. Sold to a good home.
'70 240z LHD Yellow. On route and cant wait.
Skyline R33 GTS - Gone
Skyline R34 GTR - Gone
Toyota Surf 3.0TD

Go to: www.240z.me.uk to checkout the cars.
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:45 PM
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Very, very nice Mike.

Those seats are either going to be in PERFECT condition or the stitched seams will have gone ... which is it?

My car had one of those EXACT same seat covers on it. Smelt like something else, I tell ya ...
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Old 04-03-2017, 10:16 PM
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Great looking car, shame about the nasty looking dent on the rear. Not in an easy place to sort out.
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Old 04-03-2017, 10:41 PM
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It is a shame, but bearing in mind original paint, best to leave as an honest battle scar!
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